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Hi I'm Marian

I am an friend, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a stay at home mother of three children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Almost two years ago I received my Masters Degree and gave birth to my third child on the same day. It was truly astonishing to have been able to complete such a feat. After I graduated, I applied to different jobs at every level possible. To my misfortune, the job market was bleak and was without any job offers no matter how hard or long I looked. I couldn’t understand why all of this was happening to me. It was morally devastating and depressing. I had made so many sacrifices and I had worked so hard to complete my degree. However, as I had more opportunities to spend time with my children, being unemployed of course, I began to feel that it was a blessing in disguise. As I began looking above my family’s needs over mine, it made the decision to become a stay-at-home mom much easier. Nevertheless, there were times that I struggled with the thought that I was probably not good enough for any job, but also with the cynicism that came from others who judged me for deciding to stay home after so much sacrifice. The thought of it was absolutely incomprehensible to them. Yet, I gave thanks for the blessings I now have to spend more time to guide, raise, and nurture my own children. I’m absolutely positive that the Lord has given me this opportunity, but I also know he has something else in store for me in the future. I know the Lord supports my every decision when I have asked him in Faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon since I was 8 years old. I made the decision to become baptized through Jesus Christ’s example. Heavenly Father wants all of His children to become baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and to make special covenants with Him. I have continued to follow His gospel because it has ultimately given me the strength to do all things in all places. I am a Mormon because I know that His Gospel is true, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that we have a living Prophet in existence today who counsel’s us through Heavenly Father's commands.

How I live my faith

I have lived the Gospel through multifaceted community and church service assignments, such as Helping Hands, Scouting, teaching children to sing, and visiting the sick. Currently, however, I help substitute in teaching Sunday school classes for children, called Primary in church, when others are out of town or ill. I also do visiting teaching with my sister companion once monthly, where we visit other sisters from our church ward ensuring that they are doing well, but mostly to ensure that their needs are met inside and outside of the church. Visiting teaching has allowed me to create a bond between my sister companion and I, and the sisters that we visit. We freely visit, speaking of anything that comes to our minds, but mostly to help the sisters feel that they are always loved and never forgotten. We also give them a spiritual message that can enlighten their everyday lives. Additionally, we practice Family Home Evening (FHE) at home with my family. This is a day that is set aside once a week, where we as a family, get together to do fun activities, listen to music, read the scriptures, watch a family movie, or play board games. We recognize it by stating that we will get together as a family, but it’s never official without any treats. I believe in FHE because it has allowed our family to be a closer unit. It is a time where we learn of our daily and weekly trials, and it is a time to give each other comfort, much like visiting teaching. Many Mormon families practice this weekly, because they have faith, as I do, that it will strengthen our families from the trials and the pitfalls we may face outside of our homes. I am grateful for it and I see the positive difference it has made in my family.