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Hi I'm Marian

I am a Arizona native.I have been married to my best friend for 30 years. Gyms bore me but I love all kinds of sports and hiking.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Phoenix valley. As a child my mom was a physical education teacher in a grade school. I was exposed to a variety of sports and it might have been from that beginning that I grew to love a variety of sports and physical activities. In my high school years I had a great group of friends. It was from that group of friends that I met my best friend, Kevin, who later in life, I married. I attended Phoenix College and BYU (Brigham Young University) and began the coursework in Agronomy. In the middle of my educational years I took some time off from the traditional college track to do something that I had wanted to do since high school. I served for 18 months as a full-time missionary in Paraguay. I learned to speak Spanish, a little Guarani and Portuguese, love and serve people, mature and grow, and learn to respect and appreciate a variety of cultures and people. At 23 my best friend, Kevin and I were married. We worked together as a team to work to provide for our needs, go to school and enjoy life. We moved to Ecuador for a year and worked to help on a project to help families be self-sufficient off 2 1/2 acres of land. It was an amazing experience to work side-by-side with Kevin on such a great project. The experience served as my thesis for a Master's degree in Agronomy. After returning, we had three terrific children. I am focused on them for the past 25 years as a full-time mother. Truly the greatest work I have ever done.

Why I am a Mormon

My dedication to my faith comes from peace and happiness. I was born into a family that has deep roots in the church. I have never felt pressured or compelled by family or church leaders to stay in the church. In fact when I was young my mother always told me that to live the teachings of the church was my choice and no one else's. I am truly happiest when I am close to my Heavenly Father through prayer, in depth study of the sacred writings, service to others, and participation in the church meetings and activities, and in the Temple. Since I married my best friend it has been a source of great joy to have the knowledge that our relationship of husband and wife can continue on after this earth life. I love the thought of us always being together The truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ give me the big picture. I often think of a 1000 piece puzzle. If you attempt to put the puzzle together without the picture on the box it would be possible but oh so very difficult to do. The gospel is like having the photo on the box. With this perspective you can put the pieces of the puzzle together much more easily and with purpose, focus, and effectiveness. Like a puzzle life can be so complicated. Hard times, good times, pain, joy, sickness, strength, conflict, peace, hate and love are all around us and it has been through these experiences that has solidified my commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have felt numberless times the sweet peaceful confirmation that God lives and that He is our Father, that Jesus Christ is our Savior and has shown us the path to eternal happiness. That confirmation comes from a most valuable source, the Holy Ghost. He is the source of the reassuring feelings that I am in the right path. He whispers to my soul the truth, warns against dangerous paths, and comforts me when I am in need.

How I live my faith

I the church there are opportunities to serve as a volunteer from a very young age. In my teens I worked in the youth organizations, committees and in volunteer service projects. In writing this profile it is somewhat amazing to recount the variety of service opportunities that I have had.