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Hi I'm Marilee

I'm a wife, a mom, a 40-year old college student, a future teacher, a scrapbooker, and an avid reader...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After years of working in management, in my late thirties, I found what I really wanted to do: work with children. In a few months, I'll graduate with my Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and will immediately continue my education by pursuing my Master's degree in Elementary Education. I have worked as a paraprofessional with special needs children and as a classroom aide. I can't wait to be a classroom teacher! My husband has a business producing sports video and game film. After growing up in a large family of mostly girls, I learned a LOT about sports in a short amount of time! I help my husband with his business, doing payroll, accounting, helping with video production, and even filming junior college football games. My husband and I met in high school Spanish class and have been married 21 years. It's great being married to someone who can make me laugh even during the hard times, always treats me like a queen and is an amazing father. My daughter is just about to turn 8 and is so much fun! After having 5 miscarriages, my daughter was a blessing and a miracle in our lives. I love to be her chauffeur to ballet, scrapbook photos of her life and blog about the funny and cute things she says. I loved working at her school and seeing her face light up when she saw me - those are the precious moments in life! I am also working on weight loss and spend hours every week on my stationary bike, bicycling to nowhere while reading great books!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a faithful, loving Mormon family and grew up as a believer in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a teenager, I came to realize that it was important to have my own testimony, distinct and separate from that of my family, and, after hard work and study, achieved it. The family from which I came, and the family which I have since formed, are the central unit of my being. I know that families are eternal, and we are here on earth to be part of a family unit, to experience trials, and to grow from those trials. Trials of my faith have occurred. Those miscarriages I mentioned, people close to me making choices that hurt them and me, and the everyday trials of work and life may have been faith-shakers, but I was able to get through them and become stronger. This is because my elder brother Jesus Christ has held my hand through these trials and surrounded me with loving family and friends who provide inspiration, comfort, encouragement and love. I'm a Mormon because I have personally felt the truth of the Gospel. I have read the scriptures and been given spiritual confirmation that they are true. I have received many blessings in my life, one of the greatest being a gift of discerning truth. The Gospel is true, and I love how it blesses everyone in one form or another.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday and currently serve as a counselor to the president of our local organization for women 18 and older. I am so fortunate to work with the women in our area and learn so much from them. I marvel at all they go through; they stand strong through adversity and are shining examples to anyone who struggles. Part of this organization includes a program called "visiting teaching", in which we are all given partners and then 2-3 ladies to see each month. We help each other, listen to each other, get to know each other, learn from each other, laugh together, sometimes cry together, and most importantly, ensure that no one EVER feels alone. It is one of the greatest programs in the church. Personally, I NEED the basics from my faith: I NEED to go to church every Sunday. It keeps me balanced and feeling whole. I love to attend the temple and love the peace that I feel afterward. I love quiet time reading scriptures alone or with my daughter. I love family prayer, and NEED and depend upon personal prayer. How do I live my faith? Little by little, every day, with effort on my part. It's not just about believing, it's about doing. One of the most important ways I try to live my faith is by trying to treat everyone as Jesus did. It is of the utmost importance to express and show love to others. My mom told my siblings and me to "never say anything you'll have to apologize for later." Her and my dad's examples took that many steps further - they have been amazing role models for providing loving words and acts of service for others. I try my best to be like them and am so grateful that my parents have always been angels on earth. What I want everyone to know who reads this is that YOU are a daughter, or son, of God. He loves you. He hears you and does not forget you. Whenever you feel alone, He is there. Sometimes, He answers your prayers in the form of other people reaching out to you. You are never alone!

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Marilee
The "ward" in which I live is simply the geographical boundaries of the congregation I attend. There are about 500 people in our ward. A "branch" is a smaller ward, such as for rural areas or for areas in which there are fewer members of the church. Several "wards" and "branches" make up a "stake". My "stake" has nine wards. There is ward leadership (a bishop and his counselors), and stake leadership (a stake president and his counselors). These are men who are called of God to lead the members in the area and to uphold the principles of the Gospel. These leaders are good, kind men who volunteer their time and spend many hours of their week serving those they lead. Show more Show less