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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mom with a beautiful daughter, a returning college student and a host mom for an international student. I have a 17 year old daughter who is smart and beautiful. She is currently enrolled in a duel credit education at the local community college where I attend also. What a blessing to share this experience with her. I returned to college after not finishing my degree in my youth and being laid off from my job of 13 years. I have 20 years of experience in my profession but now have too much experience for half the jobs and no degree for the other half. So the opportunity to go at this time to get my degree is truly God's hand working in my life. This is my second year hosting an exchange student. I love it. It is hard and there are many times I wonder why I chose to do this but I love learning about all of God's children and their cultures and homes. I really believe that hate and prejudice could be lessened in this world if everyone had the opportunity to experience first hand other people's points of view. Last, I am a daughter of God. It has taken me years to understand and accept this truth but with it has come the greatest peace and joy. I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who loves me and I love him. Through that everything is possible. His plans for me exceed my wildest dreams for myself. If I trust in Him, I will succeed. Fear and faith cannot exist in the same place at the same time. I choose faith!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church but my family was so dysfunctional that knowing the gospel is true and being empowered to live the gospel were two different things. I was in and out of activity for many years. I never denied the teachings were true but my willingness to abide by the teachings was not there. My life was such a mess! My marriage was a mess! I didn't even realize that drama wasn't a part of life because I had never experienced the peace the gospel brings. Then I found out I was pregnant. Life halted for me! I realized in that moment that I had to choose differently. How could I teach this spirit I had been entrusted to have how to live right if I didn't live it?! I decided to go back to church and found a loving bishop who only would tell me how much I was loved and how happy he was that I was back. I tried to convince him how unworthy I was of it and how he should be angry with me. I wanted any excuse to be justified in leaving his office and not returning. Instead I got an overwhelming sense of love that enveloped me. Everything, he assured me, would be sorted out and taken care of- but at another time. For that day he was just there to love me and tell me it was ok. His words were exactly what my soul yearned for. I knew then my Heavenly Father knew me and was talking directly to me. Many times since then I have witnessed my Heavenly Father's love for me and for others. He knows us individually. He has provided a plan of happiness (and peace) for us. He has not left us alone. He hears and answers our prayers. Most of the time not in the way I expect but always better than I could hope for. I am a Mormon because my Heavenly Father loves me and has provided a plan for my happiness here on earth and my eternal happiness with my family. He sends his servants to teach and guide us. The spirit witnesses this to me. I know my Savior lives and I know that his atonement was for me individually as well as for the whole world.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving in the nursery in my ward. The nursery is for the children ages 18 months to 3 years. Before that I worked with the youth ages 12-18. What a big change. At first I wasn't too sure about it all. But then I started associating with those sweet babies. They are filled with the light of Christ and I love being around them as they start to learn how to pray and sing songs about our Savior. Every calling I have ever had in the church I have felt totally unprepared and unqualified to fill that assignment from the Lord. But that is exactly who the assignment is from- the Lord - and he doesn't give any assignment in church or life, where he hasn't prepared a way to do it. He qualifies me in way that I can't explain. I never say no when called - even when I am sure that a mistake has been made- for this exact reason. I do not know why God has called me to serve someone at a certain time but I do know that God has a plan and in that plan he has made all the preparations. Sometimes I walk away feeling like I did no good but then I realize sometimes I am called to serve for others and sometimes I am called to serve to help me. Either way - the will of the Father has been fulfilled and all have been edified. I love home teachers (HT) and visiting teachers (VT). These are members of the congregation that are called to come to our homes and teach us, help us and uplift us. I love being a VT. I had a HT that came faithfully when I was a young adult to keep me from being lost. I had a VT that spent many hours with me as a young mother helping me find my way to the temple. I had a HT who faithfully came to me as a single mom and made a difference in my daughter's life. I have visited many whose influence increased my understanding and improved my life. Had it not been for these faithful people I could have been lost in the world's confusion. They were there always calling to me and beckoning me to embrace the peace of God's love & Gospel.