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Hi I'm Mary Willhite

I live in Colorado. I'm a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. I'm 88 years old. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a widow for 29 years. I live alone in an apartment in a senior complex. I am 88 years old and except for a chronic back problem, which is somewhat debilitating, I am able to drive and get around pretty well, and I am still active and involved. I enjoy serving others: I drive several ladies where I live to their appointments, grocery shopping, entertainments, and dining. I have a wonderful family close by: my daughter, two grandsons and one granddaughter and four great grandchildren. One daugther passed away four years ago, much to my great sorrow. I am blessed with having many friends. I am happy to be in my church ward and attend as many activities as I am able. I am most happy when I can visit the temple. It gives me such peace, and I look froward to participating in the work there. I love my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ and this church with all my heart. I am eagerly looking and waiting for the happy day when I will be with my loved ones again, living eternally with them.

Why I am a Mormon

My husband, two daughters, and I became converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for only a short time, before extenuating circumstances led to our stopping attending church meetings, which unfortunately lasted for many years. However, I never stopped believing that this was the true church of Jesus Christ, and that the Joseph Smith story was true. Over time, my children grew up and my husband died. I moved to Colorado from California. Soon I started having visits from LDS home and visiting teachers. I again started reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible and the Ensign Magazine. My visiting teachers were wonderful shining examples of the church, and I began to want to be like them, too. One day the Lord answered my prayers; I was prompted to call my home teacher to come and see me. I told him that I wanted to get back into the church again, and asked him what I needed to do. He said, "Simply start attending church again", which I did happily and was accepted wtih open arms. It wasn't long before I received my temple blessings, and was sealed to my husband and children, and started doing my temple work for my family. Although I am 88 years old now, I have been active in the church for several years. My testimony is very strong. I love this church -- I know that is is the true church of Jesus Christ. It is organized the same as Jesus formed His church when He lived on earth. The doctrine of the church is the same, and he instructed Joseph Smith on how to build his church. It is not constructed by a mere mortal's idea of a church, as so many churches are. I love the doctrine of the church. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is His Son. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet. I know that we have a living prophet, President Monson. I am so blessed to be a member of this true church. I thank Heavenly Father every day for leading me back.

How I live my faith

I obey the holy commandments, and I keep the covenants that I made when I was baptized. I go to church and partake of the Sacrament each week. I am a visiting teacher. This means that I watch over and care for several women in my church ward. Each month, I go with a companion and we visit three women. We ask how they are doing and how their families are doing. We share a spiritual message and talk about how we can become more like Christ. If there are ways we can help them, we help. For example, sometimes, we take in a meal for dinner if someone is sick. I remember these women in my personal prayers. I also love my family. They mean the world to me. I try to serve and bless them. I like to attend events or games that my great-grandchildren participate in. I love to support and help them in any way that I can. I also try to be aware of ways that I can bless and serve those who live around me.