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Hi I'm Mary T.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a runner, a mom, a grandma, and a middle school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a mom with five children, I often volunteered in their classrooms. I really liked being in their schoold with them and helping other children. Soon I got a job as a paraprofessional, working alongside classroom teachers and actually teaching curriculum to small groups. I decided to go to college to be a teacher myself. I was a grandma and a college graduate the same year. Now I have been teaching for 11 years and I love it. I am a reading specialist for the middle grades and I am always busy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Christian home. From my very early years, I knew Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world. But as I got to be a teenager, there were many questions that my former church could not answer, like where did we come from and what happens to people who never hear about Jesus? So, I began exploring and looking for those answers. Many of my high school friends were LDS (Mormons) and they told me a little about their church. When I read the Book of Mormon, it told me about Jesus visiting the American continent right after His crucifiction. That second witness of Jesus as the Christ gave me hope. I wanted to learn more about the church and its doctrines. My friends and the LDS church helped me find answers to my questions and Heavenly Father's scriptures and modern day prophecy gave me a guide to live my life by.

How I live my faith

Every day I try to follow the example that Jesus set for us. Am I perfect? Not by a long shot. But I can be kind, I can help others, and I can temper my reactions to others and show love as much as possible. I try to show love and patience with my husband, our five adult children and their spouses, and our ten grandchildren. I want to be together forever as a family and I think that my actions speak to that most of the time. Because I work in a school, I have multiple opportunities to show care and concern for others outside my family too, both students and other adults. I am grateful for the abundant life we live, for freedom to choose, and for the many blessings I have been given. My husband currently serves as a branch president for Latinos in our area, and I am working hard on my Spanish so I can help and communicate "con mis hermanos. Esta es un buen dia por todos."