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Hi I'm Mary Ann

I'm a Mormon. I'm a wife, mother, grandmother, retired teacher, daughter, sister and friend. I joined the church 37 years ago.

About Me

I am a retired teacher, married for 47 years, with 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren. Because of diminishing eyesight, I am learning to adjust to a new lifestyle and interests. Since I can no longer drive, I am walking a lot and am healthier than ever before! Finding ways to help and serve others has helped me see means of service in a new light. I have always loved teaching, children, learning, studying and reading. I just now have to approach these interests in a different way. Although I have worked briefly in accounting and public relations, I feel I was mainly a teacher. I have learned so much from my varied teaching experiences and have wonderful memories.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be a Mormon 37 years ago because I had a testimony of Joseph Smith's first vision. It answered for me questions I had about my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that I had since childhood. I remain a member of this church because it makes me happy to know and understand my purpose in life. I have had many challenges, disappointments and struggles in life as we all do, but my faith and hope are centered in Jesus Christ and His gospel. I am happy to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have had many and varied opportunities to serve in the church. My love will always be working with the children and youth. I have a very strong belief in visiting teaching and am able to continue to serve in this way. As a child, I was taught through the examples of my mother and grandmother the importance and joy in helping others. I have volunteered and served in my community, children's schools, sports and music activities, charity causes and neighborhood needs. Through these , I have made lifelong friends and have had wonderful experiences and learning opportunities. I love the words in the hymn, "Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?"

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Mary Ann
Although I was christened as an infant in another church, I knew I had to be baptized, as Jesus was, by immersion and by one who had the authority. I am now able to renew my baptismal covenants weekly as I take the sacrament. Show more Show less