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Hi I'm Marcia

I grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois. I'm a wife & mother of four children! I am a LCSW in Fishers, Indiana. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was blessed with a loving family; my folks, brothers, husband and kids are my heros.  I grew up on stage which gave me a great advantage after finding out I was dyslexic. My time on stage gave me the skills to memorize easiy and be confident in the gifts God gave me as He allowed me to overcome weaknesses and learn in Him all things are possible. I married the love of my life and we have four amazing children! Though now empty nesters, we find no greater joy than to see them thriving in the world and giving back in such diverse and valuable ways. I wanted more than anything to be a wife and mother and that was a gift I was given early on in my life. Nothing was more rewarding than teaching and learning with my children as we spent our days discovering who they were, what talents and gifts they'd been blessed with and supporting them in developing those. As they grew and went off to school I was encouraged stongly to go get my degree. I had no desire to go to school for I never thought I could read well enough to get through. My husband promised to support and read to me and would tape my readings so I could listen to them on my way to and from school. I got my graduate degree and graduated Suma Cum Laude from UIC, Jane Aadams School of Social Work! Who would have dreamed-not me. I LOVE serving others and counselng to assist others in finding their greatest gifts and blessing the Lord has given them. To relax, I love to eat Mexican and play games! Life's amazing!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised to believe I was a literal daughter of my Heavenly Father-God. As I grew there were times I felt homesick, though I was home. I realized that there was something much bigger than me, more than what we could see and understand. I took the challenge in the bible to ask God if He was really there. In the book of James it states to ask of God and so I did. I felt a warmth that only the words 'complete peace' describe. At that moment, I knew there was a God, I was His literal daughter and He loved me. Then I decided to learn more of Him, often I did feel that I was committed to a life that was restrictive and I didn't have the freedoms many of my friends did. I hung in there though, for when I would go against what I knew to be right I found I hated the guilt and feelings that came with that. As I grew older I watched some of those friends, who I felt had more freedoms struggle with addictions, detroyed relationships and depression. I realized then that all those thing I felt were restrictive, actually protected me from becoming an unwed mother, or someone who struggled with addictions or difficult relationships. I then saw all those commandments that were given to me protected me and kept me safe from the negative consequences that come with negative choices. I also couldn't bare the thought of devoting myself to family and having it all end at 'death due us part'. This was the only church that I found which allowed families to continue through the eternities and be bound in heaven as on earth. This was a church that didn't discriminate to anyone, the doors were open to all. It provided all the tools to assist me in leaning how to become a good daughter, sister, wife, and mother. It provided for me a foundation and organization that was identical as the one Christ established and continues to bring me great joy, through the trials and sorrows of earthly life. Life' storms come and beat upon my doors but with Christ I have peace.

How I live my faith

I'm trying to live my faith each and every day. This is not a Sunday gospel. This gospel encompasses the tools to teach us how to become as Christ is. I am far from perfect, this isn't a church of perfect people by any measure. We are human, we offend, say the wrong things at times and sometimes can be unforgiving. The gospel of Jesus Christ helps us to try, each day to strive to become better. We seek daily to try to love with more charity, forgiveness and compassion. I am not a perfect example of a Mormon living the gospel of Jesus Christ, I fall short daily but I am trying to be more loving and forgiving each day. I counsel others on how to improve relationships based on the teaching of Jesus Christ's life, this allows me to constantly be thinking of Him. I fellowship with others who love and are devoting themselves to try to be more like Jesus Christ. I have the great blessing of being given a calling or volunteer position in my church to help and assist others, and caring for them helps me serve and learn more of what joys come from doing something for someone else without reward. This is how Christ lived. How I want to follow His example! In our home we begin each day offering a prayer of thanks and talking over our plans of the day with our Heavenly Father-dedicating our day to the Lord in hopes we can do His will that day. At the end of each day we return and report our efforts and review what things went well and what we can improve on tomorrow to become a better person. I know that sounds simple but it helps me grow so much. I read each morning in the scriptures to learn more of my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ so I will know better who I am striving to be like. That also brings greater peace and focus to my days. I'm trying more to have a prayer in my heart throughout the day and marvel how, when focusing on my Savior and Father in Heaven they bring things to my mind at the exact time I need them and peace becomes my companion.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Marcia
The gift of the Holy Ghost has brought me true peace after loss of family members when no one nor nothing else could. The peace I felt gave me the strength to increase in faith and trust that moving forward and functioning was the best I could do at the time. With moving forward I was able to feel again something other than pain and find joy again in life. The Holy Ghost testified in my heart that those in my life who had died were not gone for good but I would without question see them again and our relationships will continue on throughout the eternities which fills me with joy. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Marcia
That we are to be baptised exactly as Christ was, He is our example and we are to follow His. Baptism is to be performed by immersion by those who have the authority of the Priesthood, the power and authority to act in the name of God. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Marcia
We dress for church in our best Sunday best, men wear ties and suits and woman wear dresses or skirts. I find it appropriate that if I am going to worship the Almighty God and His son Jesus Christ that I would want to look my best and offer them my best. I would never wear anything less if I were invited to go and meet the dignitaries of the world so why wouldn't I want to show my Heavenly Father and Savior at least that much respect and offer them my best. Our family loves holidays, from Christmas and Easter to the 4th of July and Thanksgiving. Every holiday is a reason to celebrate life and living. I know some people are not particularly found of Halloween for they feel it depicts giving heed to the adversary, but I chose to dress in fun costumes and share the joy of dressing up and decorating my home for neighbor children just like I enjoyed when I was young and ignore any other part that would give attention to the adversary or his teaching. Birthdays are also huge thing in our family and to get all the celebrating in we like they sometimes last for a week or so with parties with friends, family and others! Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Marcia
Without question! This is one of the reasons I love the gospel. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever then after the apostasy we had to have a restoration of the church Christ established on the earth. That allows Heavenly Father to speak to us and give necessary counsel for us in our day. I can testify that I know President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God! How grateful for his guidance and worthiness to be the spokeman for our Savior so we know what we are to do and how we can return to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less