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Hi I'm Merrily.

I’m a mother of four (mostly) fabulous kids, love the outdoors, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the church, teenage years in Utah. Met and married my husband while attending Brigham Young University, graduating with math teaching degree. I enjoyed my career and couldn’t foresee giving it up to stay home raising kids. That all changed after my first was born. I’m grateful to have a terrific husband and to be a full time mother of four (generally) fabulous kids (two boys, two girls) who have changed my life and priorities forever for the better. I enjoy jogging, yoga, hiking, snow skiing, gardening, cooking, reading, listening to music (‘80s new wave, classical, folk), and spending time with my husband and kids.

Why I am a Mormon

While working a summer job at Bryce Canyon National Park during college, I had a religiously defining experience. I came to know that God lives, is aware of me, and loves me. I am LDS because I believe its precepts are true. For example, a loving, just God has provided a way for all His children to be able to fulfill the commandment to be baptized. Even if people didn’t learn about the gospel while on earth, they have the chance to learn about and accept it in the spirit world (after death) and we do their baptisms for them vicariously in the temple (see 1 Corinthians 15:29). Also, I love that we have a living prophet and apostles that speak to us at least twice a year, giving inspired guidance to our lives. For example, just this past Saturday (end of September 2011), President Dieter F. Uchtdorf (apostle) spoke in women’s conference about committing our time and energy to the things that matter most (in an eternal perspective) and remembering to be happy now by appreciating our many blessings—in my opinion, both timely messages. I credit the church’s teachings with much of the success we’ve enjoyed raising our children. The Christian concepts we teach at home are reinforced by church programs and our children’s teachers. For example, from the time they can talk, children are taught to “CTR—Choose the Right”. And as teens, they’re given guidance from our modern prophet and apostles in “For the Strength of Youth”, which teaches the Lord’s standards of living, i.e. accountability for our choices, gratitude, importance of education, family, good friends, modesty in dress and appearance, wholesome entertainment, media, and music, using uplifting language, dating, sexual purity, repentance, honesty, Sabbath observance, tithing, health, and service. From experience, I know that living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings true happiness.

How I live my faith

I try to pray and study the scriptures daily—they serve as a reminder of who I am, where I’m going (if I live right), and what I need to do to get there. Prayer and scripture study help me focus my thoughts and actions on what really matters in life, and helps me to have the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. I am currently serving in two church capacities. First, I’m leader to the 8-11 year old girls. We meet twice a month, giving the girls opportunities to interact with each other and have wholesome fun by participating in physical, creative, cultural, and service activities. Second, I, along with another woman, have stewardship of assessing and where possible, meeting the spiritual and temporal needs of three other women in our congregation, whom we try to visit at least monthly. Additionally, I volunteer in my children’s schools. We look for ways to involve our children in service and try to be “examples of the believers”.