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Hi I'm Maria

I'm a Navy wife and mother of 3 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to a wonderful man and have three children. My husband is in the US Navy so that makes me a 'Navy Wife'. I'm currently acting as a president to my husband's boat's family support group. I hope that I can help other Navy wives to make friends and have a support system in place for when they need it. I am currently working at loosing the weight I gained from having 3 kids in 4 years. I have found a new love... running. If you had ever told me years ago that I would love to run someday I would have laughed at you. But now I love it! My kids are ages 4, 2, and 1 so my life is quite busy keeping up with them. I like to scrap book and read when I have extra time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. As I grew up I was always active in my church membership and my testimony and Faith in Christ and his church grew little by little. I never had a huge Awhah! moment when I knew everything was true. It just came brick by brick as I read the scriptures and tried to follow God's commandments. Then when I was in my late teens and old enough to be an 'adult' I stopped going to church and had 'fun'. Don't get any crazy ideas I didn't get too wild there was no drinking or drugs or anything. Anyway, after a while I hit a point where I realized I wasn't happy doing all of those things that were supposed to be 'fun'. I wasn't happy, I was miserable. I didn't feel good about myself at all. But I could still feel one of the things that I had gained a strong testimony of growing up... that God loved me! He loved me and cared about me even when I wasn't following his commandments. I was still a daughter of God. I decided I wanted to change. I went back to church and went through the repentance process and continued to find out first hand the forgiving love of our Savior. I want to live my life in a way where I feel worthy of God's love.

How I live my faith

I'm am an active member of the LDS church now and have served in various callings. I have been on the activities committee, organizing activities and events of our congregation. I've spent most of my service in the church with the little children. We've lived in various different places and so we've been in different congregations(wards). In one I was in the nursery with the little ones between 18months and 3yrs old. I also team taught a class of 10-11year olds with my husband. Other ages I taught were the 5-6 year olds and the 4-5 year olds. In all these ages I have enjoyed teaching children the simple basics of Christ's gospel. Children are so pure and precious. I'm not sure why but I've always especially loved the 'high spirited' children. They are just as much God's children and have so much life and energy. I am currently serving as my ward's cannery specialist. Basically my job is to help people with emergency preparedness. Besides my church callings I try to live my faith by teaching my children