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Hi I'm Mary.

I am a mother and grandmother. I love to quilt. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four and grandmother of seven. I am a retired orthodontic financial coordinator. I am married to a wonderful man who thinks I am perfect--he must be crazy! I love to quilt. I love to take large pieces of fabric, cut them into small intricate pieces, then put them back together to make a work of art that can be cuddled and give a sense of security. My favorite activity is spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Catholic church--we were regular attenders. My father had always been Catholic and my mother joined the Catholic church when she married my father. When my mother began to prepare my older sister for her first communion by teaching her from the materials sent home from catechism classes, she realized she didn't believe what Catholics believed. She continued attending the Catholic church with my father but her heart was not there. One day the Mormon missionaries knocked at her door. When they taught her that God, the Father, and Jesus Christ were separate and distinct individuals with bodies of flesh and blood, my mother recognized truth. She read the Book of Mormon and took the missionary lessons, discovering more and more truth. My father was not happy with my mother's interest in the Mormon church--he even threatened to divorce her and take her children away if she joined the Mormons. This caused my mother to pause and truly consider her choices. After careful deliberation and sincere prayer, indicating to the Lord that she would follow His will for her and trust Him to make all things right, she decided to be baptized. And God worked out the details. My father did not divorce my mother; in fact nine years later he was finally converted and baptized, also. This is my family's conversion story. Mine began when I started attending the Mormon church with my mother about a year after her baptism. I was 10 years old and went to the classes for the children. I learned about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and many of the principles of His gospel. I felt the Holy Spirit and recognized the truth of what I was being taught. I read the Book of Mormon and received a witness of its truthfulness. I am so glad my mother sought out truth and was lead by God to the Mormon church.

How I live my faith

I have a goal to read from the scriptures every day. I do this first when I arise in the morning. Reading God's word daily helps me stay focused on His will and commandments. It helps me feel his spirit and reminds me that striving to be Christlike is an important daily objective. I try to live the principles of the gospel by being honest, kind in my thoughts and conversations with and about others, giving an honest day's labor to my boss, lovingly taking care of my husband and family and serving others in need. I help at church in the class for children ages 18 months to 3 years of age. These sweet little ones teach me much about the love of Christ with their innocent desires to be happy, loving, and active! I watch over four other families, visiting at least once each month to make sure they are okay and giving service when needed. That service is often just letting them know I care, providing a listening ear when they need to talk, or providing meals at times of crisis. I love the network that is established through the Mormon church because we strive to always be mindful of the needs of others. Christ taught us to serve others by His example and I am happiest when I am serving--either my own family or the ones in my church. This loving service connects us to each other making us feel more like family than simply acquaintances.