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Hi I'm Marie

I'm a business owner. I'm a triathlete. I'm the mother of three and the step-mother of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There are very few things about my life that I ever planned on. If someone would have told me when I was younger that one day I would be a divorced mother of three, be less active in the church for several years, compete in a triathlon, and become a step-mother... I would have hysterically laughed them out of the room. Because NONE of those things were in my plans but, plans have a way of changing. My husband and I have seven children. Our blended family works because it is centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We enjoy nightly scripture study and family prayer, sometimes we get goofy but, at least we're all together. Our family is also centered in the kitchen as I have a great love of baking and spending time with my children covered in flour.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the church in their early twenties. Neither side of their families were familiar with the "Mormon" church and they recieved many critizisms for their choice. Growing up I remember hearing my father bear his testimony to many of his family members. Rarely accepted and most often rejected, his testimony never waivered. But why am I a Mormon? Yes, I was raised Mormon but, that is not the only reason why I'm a Mormon. Even as a young teen I knew the truthfulness of the gospel and felt the strength my Savior's love for me. But life has a way of sometimes taking unexpected turns and, if we are not careful, we can end up places we never planned on going. After several years in my abusive first marriage I slowly began attending church less and less often until months would go by without a thought of it. My testimony dwindled, as did my diligence to living the gospel. It was a sad and lonely time. After a long and painful divorce, I immediately sought solace in the one thing I knew would sustain me, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I testify that there is a great peace that comes to those who return to the truth and happiness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that He lived. He died for me and I believe that He lives today. I believe in the Holy Bible. I know that a young farmboy who was confused about what church to join, through simple prayer, brought about the restoration of Christ's church. I testify that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. The Book of Mormon is a true and living testement of Jesus Christ's visit to the America's. It does not replace the Bible, it confirms it.

How I live my faith

I love teaching. I currently teach 5-year olds in children's Sunday School. I get covered with sneezes, tears, hugs, and occasionally, dirty looks if I forgot the pretzels. But no matter what happens I know that I am doing the Lord's work. Teaching these fun, energetic children about God's love for them is a wonderful blessing. I love being a mother. Dish-pan hands, mis-matched socks, dinner on the run, over-due book reports... it's a never ending service project and I love it. Life sometimes brings you difficult lessons but I would learn them all over again to be exactly where I am; mother of three, step-mother of four. I love serving. My husband and I own a water damage restoration company which provides us with amazing opportunities to serve in the community. Last winter we were working in an elderly woman's home who had the misfortune of a broken water pipe. She had recently lost her son and also her spouse the previous year. It was a very emotional time for her. We were able to give her words of encouragement and comfort during her time of loss. One day, shortly after we began work on her home, she stopped my husband in the hallway and simply declared, "You're Mormon." To which my stunned husband replied, "Yes. How did you know?" Our customer sweetly replied, "As soon as I met your wife, I knew. She's an angel." What a humbling experience that was. I pray that I will always be able to live my faith and help others come to know Christ, through me.