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Hi I'm Maci

I am a wife of a grad student, a mother of 3, and a daughter of a father who has dementia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Sacramento, California area. Throughout my childhood and teenage years, I could be found playing soccer or spending time with friends or family. I am 5th of 7 children, and I genuinely LOVED growing up in a large family. I have two wonderful parents who made sure we were loved and provided for. Now that I am a mother, I am so grateful to have had their examples in my life. I was married in October of 2006 to my favorite person. We both attended BYU where he majored in Physics, and I majored in Special Education. Although success in school took a lot of dedication, we were both very passionate about our chosen fields and wouldn't trade our experiences for anything. In August of 2008, I gave birth to twin girls. My husband and I had always wanted children, and were so excited to discover we'd be blessed with two at one time! When our girls arrived three months before their due date, our spiritual and physical strengths were definitely tested. We spent three months in the NICU, hoping that, through our faith, our girls would grow to be healthy and strong--ready to come home with us. In November of 2008, they were released, and since then they have only grown and developed just as we had hoped. We are now living in Reno, NV while my husband works toward a master's degree at UNR. We are expecting our third child, a boy, and we feel truly blessed to have seen miracles in our lives as we strive to live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, living the gospel of Jesus Christ has always just made sense. My parents taught me the importance of having a Savior, and abiding by His teachings at a very young age. Learning to keep the commandments of God as a child helped scaffold my testimony for when I would grow older and face more challenges. I don't claim to have lived a perfect life. I, like everyone else, have made mistakes that have led to unhappiness. But, I know the gospel works and that Christ and his atonement are always there to help me. It has been my experience that as I live the gospel and try to teach my children to do the same, I find peace and joy in life--even when trials arise. Our most recent trial that we are experiencing as a family has been the declining health of my father. I have always admired him for his testimony and unfailing love that he has had for his family. He was an amazing person who always put the needs of others before himself. When I was about 18 years of age, my dad began changing. He was making irrational decisions that negatively affected me and my family. We were crushed as his new behavior seemed so out of character. After years of frustration and prayer, my mother was finally given a diagnosis for my father's strange behavior: fronto temporal dementia. Although there was some relief in finally finding a diagnosis, his health and mental wellness continue to deteriorate. It has been a heart-breaking experience to see the father we know and love become someone else--a stranger to us. But, it is my firm belief that Christ suffered not only for our sins, but also for our heartaches. He has comforted me and my family and succored us in this great time of need. A belief I have as a Mormon, is that my family can be together forever. When I have moved on from this existence I know that I will see my father--the real him-- again, and I am so happy to know this. It is knowledge like this that brings comfort and understanding and keeps me a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Something I really appreciate about our faith is the opportunities we are given to serve and help those around us. It has been said that true religion requires sacrifice and while I feel that is true, my family and I have never felt like offering our service has been a sacrifice but rather a privilege. After all Christ has done for us, it is the least we can do to serve those he loves--our brothers and sisters. I have been able to serve in many capacities. I have served as a full-time missionary for our church, as one who coordinates church activities for young adults and families, as a secretary for our women's organization, as well as a teacher for the same organization. I have enjoyed and learned so much from each of these callings. I have also served as a visiting teacher to local sisters of our church for the last 10 years. Visiting teaching gives me the opportunity to reach outside of my comfort zone and meet new friends as well as serve those I visit. I have also experienced many testimony building spiritual experiences as I have discussed the gospel of Jesus Christ with those I visit.