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Hi I'm Marlene

I am an artist. I teach art at a charter school and drive thier school bus. I am married to the most awesome person. I am a Mormon

About Me

I most identify myself as a fine artist. I mostly create oil paintings of landscapes and am intrigued lately with balarinas. I have been an artist since I was little and graduated from college with a degree in art. After graduating college I decided I wanted to share my artistic knowledge with others and now teach art at a charter school as well as drive thier school bus. lol, it's a small school so I wear many hats. I was married to the most wonderful, sweetest, funniest, and dorkiest person in the world. He is a Marine and is currently going to college and wants to get a commission in the military when he graduates. I never ever imagined growing up that I would be part of a military family but looking back on my childhood you may think I was in a military family. We moved every couple of years and lived in states from New Mexico to Utah, and Texas, to Alabama and Arizona. My parents were both school teachers and had the moveing and exploring bug. As soon as they discovered that they could get teaching certificates anywhere, we went everywhere. I am also a recreational latin dancer, I love wake boarding, riding on the back of the husbands motorcycle is the coolest thing ever, and me and my husband have also hugely gotten into rock climbing.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the church. I was baptised when I was eight. My family was very dedicated and strong in the church. I grew up having family prayer and was taught to pray myself. We read the Book of Mormon together as a family and attened church together. I remember haveing a testimony of Jesus Christ and prayer from when I was very young having recognized Heavenly Fathers love for me and answers to prayers in my own life. But, there is always a time I think when those things you learned when you're young are tried. This happend the most for me when I was in college. I had served a mission and was now a student at Brigham Young University in Utah and was struggling in my testimony. I was struggling with my testimony of the church and with understanding my Heavely Father and Jesus Christ. I was questioning were I never had before because I just knew. Then I began dating a guy who I instanly fell in love with and I wanted to marry him, but deep down inside I knew it wasn't right. Ignoring this feeling because I was so in love, I continued with the relationship. I can definatly say that it was not a good relationship but I was too in love to fully see that. He did rebuild my testimony in Jesus Christ and the church though. Even though he was a member of the church as well, I began to see how he did not take very seriously some of the gospel principles that I realized I valued so much. He slowly became an example to me of who I didn't want to marry and who I didn't want to be. I knew after that experience that I had the most precious truths and gifts in the church and had to hold on to them and fight for them.

How I live my faith

The church is a major part of my life. It is so much apart of who I am. I enjoy working with the youth in the church and am a counselor in in our Young Women Group. We have weekly youth activities and lessons on Sundays. It has been such a blessing to be able to be part of thier lives. I'm also a Visiting Teacher and visit with the sisters in our ward at least once a month. This has given me the opportunity to get to know women I may not have been able to get to know and become friends with some wonderful women. It's very important to me too that we live gospel principles in my family as well. We work hard to have family and individual prayer and family and individual scripture study.