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Hi I'm Martha

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Utah, was a graduate of the University of Utah. My husband and have lived all over the United States.

About Me

My name is Martha, I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a teacher, and an animal lover. I enjoy reading, cooking, sewing spending time with my family and volunteering in my church and my community. I grew up in Utah and my husband and I left Utah after we both graduated from college. We have lived in many different states and have loved the diversity of this country from the Atlantic Ocean and the Skyscrapers of New York to the Pacific Ocean and beauty of California. We have also discovered that wonderful, caring people live in the beautiful surroundings of Minnesota and in Florida where we got to know some pretty big alligators who roamed our water-skiing lakes. We have discovered that wonderful people live everywhere! I am currently substitute teaching in grades K-6 in our school system and enjoy the inspiring educators with whom I work as well as the bright and happy students who come through the doors each morning. I also love my family. My husband and I have been blessed with four outstanding children who are now married to great spouses. We have eight awesome grandsons and three extraordinary granddaughters whom we love with all our hearts.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to this church because it guides my life and helps me to become what a loving Heavenly Father would have me become. I love how the church makes it possible for families to be together forever--not just during our life here on earth but after our life here has ended. My family means everything to me and I don't ever want to be without them. I am also grateful for the practical guidance I am given to live my life right now. We have a prophet on the earth today just like the people did that we read about in the Bible. I try to follow his counsel and have found that when I do this, I avoid some of the challenges that living in today's world can bring. I remember the prophet telling us to get our "financial houses in order." He told us to pay off our debts, to pay off our mortgages if we could, and to live within our means. This advice was given during a time when our country seemed very prosperous. Several years after that advice, things began to change and many people felt the strains of the mortgage crisis and the financial upheaval that our struggling economy brought into their lives. God is watcing out for us and as I listen to general Conference, I find that the prophets ad apostles have messages for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I try to be the kind of person I would like others to be. I try to be kind, to give others the benefit of the doubt, to live the standards of the church which includes living the ten commandments, to be a good neighbor and friend and to be the best I can be in all areas of my life. I work with the teenage girls in our congregation. This church has a great program for these girls that help them to have fun with other teenagers who have the same standards as they do. This program meets once a week for an hour and a half. It is a place where they can learn about the gospel and also learn practical, everyday things; the basic skills they will need as they head off into the world. Our church teaches us to be prepared in all things and education is one of those things we emphasize. We encourage our young people to continue to get their education after high school and to prepare themselves for a vocation. We recently had a class on being prepared financially and in avoiding some of he pitt falls that come into the lives of some young people as they leave home. The most important thing we try to teach them is that they are daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves them.