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Hi I'm Mari

I am a busy mom of children who suffer from various mental and physical illnesses. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I wanted to share a bit about my children, their struggles, and what it is like to be their mom. I know I am not alone and if we are more willing to talk about mental illness, we can overcome the negative stigma attached. We adopted our oldest son and have had him since birth. Over the past 13 years we have received several diagnoses for his mental illness. Currently he is classified as bi-polar, ADHD Inattentive Type, and ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder). Our youngest is also adopted and we have had her since she was one month old. She was born severely drug and alcohol affected. She is currently attending developmental preschool for her sensory issues. My husband dealt with clinical depression for over 6 years. I am currently on medication to treat mild depression. Our biological son has epilepsy (absence seizures). So, needless to say, our kitchen counter looks like a pharmacy. I am busy balancing the family dynamics and a new early morning seminary calling, so how is it that I can feel so blessed? Read on!

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to have been raised in the church, even though sometimes throughout my life, I have taken this gift for granted. My parents and grandparents gave me a sure foundation through their testimonies, love, and devotion. I have relied upon the Lord to help me through the hard times and He has never failed to "open the windows of heaven" and pour out His blessings upon me and my family. I know that I can go through the worst and be better for the experience. I am thankful for the scriptures and a modern day prophet and other leaders, who give me the direction I need on a daily basis. I know that my Heavenly Father loves me and is aware of my needs and desires. I know that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer and Savior. I know that He lived, He has felt what it feels to struggle and suffer and mourn. He went through those things willingly and I feel His support and strength each and every time I reach out to Him for comfort. I rely on the promptings of the Holy Ghost and utilize this precious gift as I parent my children, interact with my spouse, and teach teenagers the gospel. When life starts to seem heavy, all I have to do is turn to the Lord and He helps carry the load. I experience so much joy and happiness because of the gospel and the light it brings to help me see through the dark times. I am a witness to the divinity of Jesus Christ and his love for each of us is real and tangible. I see Him reach my children, even when I can't. I see Him soften hearts and heal sadness. I feel Him with me on this journey.

How I live my faith

After just two weeks in our new ward, I was called as the nursery leader. I was so happy to be there, as I had served in a presidency of some sort for the past 10 years. I had a wonderful year with those little children, but I was released and asked to teach early morning seminary. At first, I wondered how I could make it work. How could I juggle my already demanding schedule and fit in study time and early mornings. But, then I remembered to put my trust in the Lord and went to work. I just started teaching this week and I am so thankful for this opportunity. I will learn so much this year, not only about the Old Testament, but about the Savior, the plan of salvation, and I'm sure I'll learn a thing or two about myself in the process. I am looking forward to those blessings and I pray for the continued guidance and companionship of the Holy Ghost.