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Hi I'm Marilyn

I grew up in Arizona and lived in northern California. I'm a mother, a grandmother, and an art teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of five good, honorable children, who are good husbands and wives, and try to be the best parents they can to their children. I have one other son who was stillborn following a traffic accident. I am so glad for the sealing ordinance, which binds families together forever. Sometimes, I think about him, and feel him near. I feel blessed to have been entrusted by our Heavenly Father to be the mother of these choice spirits. When I'm with them, I gaze at them with wonder and awe that they are such good people, and I'm so proud of them. I've always loved to draw. In elementary school I fell in love with education and decided then that I wanted to be a teacher. When I grew up, I spent 15 years being a full-time mother, then went back to school to earn an undergraduate in Fine Art and a Master of Education. That enabled me to teach art in high school. While teaching, I developed a series of slide shows to convey my love of Art History, from the dawn of time to the present. I also play viola in a community orchestra. I love to knit, sew, and bake. Last year, I took early retirement and my husband and I moved back to Arizona to help my aged parents and to live closer to some of our children.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ. My parents were both converts and taught me the gospel from my birth. I attended Primary, MIA (Mutual Improvement Association: the activities for teenage boys and girls), Seminary, and Institute of Religion. I felt strongly about the church, and talked with other people about my faith. My belief in the continuity of life after death helped sustain me when my younger sister died a day after her birth, when my brother died suddenly of a heart attack at 20, at the deaths of my grandparents, and when my baby was stillborn. I know they live as resurrected beings, and I have felt their comforting presence when I've needed them. When my difficult first marriage ended, I turned to the scriptures and prayer with a hunger I'd never felt before. Heavenly Father strengthened me and helped me and I felt wrapped in his comforting, compassionate, forgiving, loving arms. I could not have gotten through that and other difficult times without Him. I am now married to my best friend in all the world, an honorable Priesthood bearer who loves the Lord with all his heart, mind, and actions. I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he was born of Mary, raised by faithful and honorable earthly parents. I believe what he taught, as he served his mortal ministry, and that he took upon himself the sins of the world (mine included), and suffered and died. He was resurrected, so that all could live again, after death. And he offers his atonement to all who repent and try to live as he did. I keep this in mind when I make decisions in my life. I love my Heavenly Father and I willingly take upon myself the name of "Christian." I'm not perfect, but I do try to live my life as Jesus taught.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in the Church, which have given me an opportunity to learn and grow. I've been a Visiting Teacher almost continuously since I was a 20-year-old bride. That calling is one that has helped introduce me to the women in my congregations, teach and be taught by them, and to learn their individual needs. During that time, I've had the privilege of talking with, visiting, being friends with, and assisting women of all ages and conditions. It's the times that I've helped them--providing food, housekeeping, child care, doing laundry--in doing whatever they needed, that I've received the biggest surge of spiritual strength. It's like giving a hug--it's very hard not to receive one in return. When I've been able to help others, I feel the return embrace from my Heavenly Father "inasmuch as ye do it unto one of the least of these, my brethren (or sisters)...." I've noted while studying for academic degrees, that it's generally not the information conveyed in the classroom that provides the deepest and most enduring education, it's the personal effort and study. Similarly, the most edifying, spiritually satisfying experiences I've had in serving the Lord, has been the effort, the work, the personal involvement in helping others. When I'm making something or doing something for someone, I think about that person's individual likes and preferences and needs, and try to produce something that will please them and help fulfill their specific needs. I have a CTR ring that I wear. The letters stand for Choose The Right, and act as a tacit reminder to me (and those who see my ring) to make choices that will please our Heavenly Father. I recognize that people around me know that I'm a Mormon, so I try to honor my Savior as I bear the name and title of Christian. I love the Savior. I love my Heavenly Father. I'm so grateful to have the comforting Spirit in my life.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

The most important thing in life--premortal, mortal, or postmortal--is the family. Heavenly Father is literally the father of our spirits, creates bodies for us to live in mortality, and restores our spirit and resurrected bodies to us after we die. There are some critical ordinances that must be performed by all of his children; among them is baptism, which is a spiritual "rebirth" into the family of Christ. It is critical that those of His children, our ancestors, who have not had the opportunity to have this saving ordinance done in their lifetimes, to have it be done for them. All of us, living and dead, have the God-given right to free choice. Baptism for the dead is the privilege of the living to perform by proxy, this necessary ordinance on behalf of the dead. It is a gift of the living to our kindred dead, and one they choose to accept to reject. Show more Show less