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Hi I'm Marilyn

I live in Mesa, AZ. I've been a single mom, a divorcee, now happily married, with 5 plus 12 children and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of 4 grown sons and a daughter who have given me 11 beautiful grandchildren with one on the way. I met a wonderful man, a widow with 12 children and we got married in 1994. He has a posterity of over 100 very special talented people. It is a pleasure to be a apart of all their lives. We enjoying going to as many events they are participating in. Since I retired from an airline, my husband and I are privileged to fly to some wonderful destinations. We are both service missionaries serving at a local family history center and have had some great experiences helping others seek out their ancestors. I hope one day to visit the country of Croatia where my father's immigrant parents were born and be able to do more research on that line. I like to walk every morning if I get up early enough before the heat of the day. Otherwise I may dance for exercise in the privacy of my home. I enjoy reading, especially history and about people and their lives that are inspirational.

Why I am a Mormon

While growing up in an LDS community, I showed no interest in their church or any other religion for that matter . However, when I was 27 years old, I began to question in my mind whether there really was a God who loved me, and knew what I was going through. I wondered where did I come from, what was my purpose, and what happens to me when I die? At the time, I was a single mom with 2 very active boys ages 4 and 6. It was a confusing period in my life knowing my poor choices led me to this point. I desperately wanted to be a happy, confident woman and to be married to someone who genuinely loved and cherished me. Soon, a couple came to my home to teach me from the bible and I was hoping to get my questions answered. The following week, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ came and gave me the first discussion. I almost rejected their message since it seemed so unbelievable, but I chose to continue with the encouragement of a dear friend who was not a Mormon. He said they had much to offer. I was not looking for exciting programs or a church to join, but just wanted know and feel that there truly was a God that loved me. As I listened to more, there message was pleasing to me but I still didn't know if there doctrine was correct. The missionaries taught me how to pray and encourage me to pray alone and to find out for myself if what they were teaching me was true. I took their challenge to heart. I exercised just a particle of faith, hoping God could hear my pleadings and I would receive my answers. The following week, as I was being taught by the missionaries, i was so engulfed by an amazing spirit, testifying to me that their teachings were true. It was as if a veil had been lifted from my eyes. What they were teaching me was something I knew before my birth. Shortly after baptism, and while I was alone at my home, I had a sacred experience and felt the pure unconditional love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for me.

How I live my faith

My days go better when I pray each morning for guidance and express gratitude for the little blessings that came that day in evening prayer. I am spiritual fed when I read from the scriptures and know daily promptings from the spirit guide and help me make good choices throughout the day. I get most of my satisfaction when helping others. In various ward's I've lived in, it's been a pleasure to give rides, give a listening ear to those who really need to talk, and help women that need and want help in their home. I really like to help them get their homes better organized. I enjoy being part of the women's organization in my ward. It is service oriented and gives me a sense of purpose when I participate in various activities.