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Hi I'm Mary

I was born in Chicago and raised in upstate New York. I love horses, dogs, and books. I am a children's librarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an AS degree in Equine Studies (horse science) and a BA in Journalism. I've owned and ridden horses, but have none at the moment. My hugmailsband and I currently have 4 dogs and 3 cats. gmail I am a homemaker and a part-time children's librarian. My favorite children's books include "Green Wilma," "The Pout-Pout Fish," the "Little House on the Prairie" series and the "Harry Potter" series. My favorite is NOT "Prisoner of Azkaban"! :) I love "Sorcerer's Stone" and "Goblet of Fire" and "Deathly Hallows" and . . . :) I have one sister and no children. Thankfully, in addition to my wonderful husband, I have 25 nieces and nephews to love.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is exactly what I was looking for as a young woman more than 30 years ago. At the age of 21, at times I felt that I had been born in the wrong century. I wished for a time when values--especially moral values--were higher, and wondered if there were other people in the world who felt as I did. My cousin, who was searching for a church, began investigating the LDS Church and included me in the process by talking with me about her questions and discoveries. While at her apartment one day I read the pamphlet "Why Stay Morally Clean," by Elder Boyd K. Packer. This resonated with me greatly. When my cousin called to say that she was meeting with the missionaries and needed my support, I agreed. From past experience I was expecting someone evangelical, but instead met two young women our age, who taught us about Joseph Smith and asked us if we would be willing to be baptized if we could know the things they taught us were true. The hardest hurdle for me was the lesson on keeping the Sabbath Day holy. I had my first big job out of college, and it required me to work on Sundays. However, my Heavenly Father quickly and mercifully opened the way so that I could keep my job and get Sundays off, and I have never worked on Sunday since the day I joined the Church. I have been totallly active since that day and have never looked back and never questioned my decision to join the Church. It was most definitely the best decision I have ever made.

How I live my faith

I am the Young Women leader in my branch, which means I am responsible as the "shepherd" over all of the girls age 12 to 18 in our church unit. I am also a visiting teacher, which means I am responsible to visit and teach several older sisters in our congregation, be aware of their needs, and try to meet those needs and fellowship with those sisters.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

There is a sensation that cannot be forced or counterfeited in any way that comes when I am receiving a testimony. One of the sister missionaries who taught me the gospel once described it in her strong Texas accent as "chill bumps." I came to recognize it as the rare experience I had had growing up whenever I heard "The Star-Spangled Banner," or listened to Handel's "Messiah." The first time I felt this warm, tingling sensation during my investigation of the Church involved a knowledge that in order to honor the Sabbath as I had just been taught, I needed to get Sundays off. The next occurred weeks later during a testimony meeting when a woman testified that she knew that Brigham Young was a prophet of God. I felt a powerful, almost electrical sensation that left me in no doubt that what she said was true. If Brigham Young was a prophet of God, then so was Joseph Smith, and so were those who had succeeded Brigham Young. That same powerful Spirit has testified to me that President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today. This same powerful sensation has come to me over and over as I have received additional testimonies of various principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a testimony that God lives and loves each of us. I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves us, and that he atoned for our sins and helps us bear our burdens and sorrows as well. I know that the Savior's true Church has been restored to the earth today, and that the Book of Mormon is true. Show more Show less