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Hi I'm Marianne

I am a family historian. I am an adoptive mom. I was blessed to grow up in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a sister. All of these titles I hold dear. I value my family as the greatest blessing that life has to offer. I am a family historian, who loves to dig up old stories, memories, or long forgotten relatives.

Why I am a Mormon

The simple answer to this the question is followed by saying "because it's true." The understanding and knowledge I have gained by being a member of the church surpasses anything I have retained through my secular studies. My conviction of this truth is founded by study of the scriptures, a desire to know God, and from answered prayers that I have received in my life. As a woman who cannot conceive children the desire to have a relationship with my maker is paramount. The knowledge that the Lord loves all his children and knows their needs brings peace to my heart. It testifies to me that I was sent to earth to learn and grow through trial and error. That my life has purpose, meaning and direction as I seek it from my heavenly father. I have a found a greater understanding about loving all of God's children. My testimony has always been based on the fact: "This makes sense to me" as if it was a familiar story. As a young adult I had the opportunity to live in Europe for a year. At that time I was determined to immerse myself in the culture. I learned a new language, I made new friends and I tried new things. Part of my plan was to read the scriptures in the German language. And as I found myself struggling to understand the language, I found myself concentrating longer on the meaning of individual words. This process has made me coin the phrase "I now know my religion in two languages." This has intensified my faith and placed a greater importance on the Lord's Plan of Salvation, or purpose in life.

How I live my faith

By living my faith I have taken on several different assignments at different times. Currently on Sunday I work in the library, helping patrons pick up books, dvds, or crayons and glue for their classes. On Tuesday nights I help people with their genealogy at the family history center. In the past I've helped organize activities like chili cookoffs, or a christmas dinner and a skit. Or worked with the young women teaching them each week. There are times we have lived our faith through special service projects: picking up litter on the side of the road, or feeding the homeless at the local shelter, or helping someone move. But the most memorable times I have lived my faith is when I've helped a stranger catch her runaway dog. It is the small anonymous moments in life that make the greatest impact on our lives and the way to bless others as Christ did in his life. Life is about serving and helping others. One of the ways we've found to follow the example of the Savior has come from our association with Families Supporting Adoption (FSA). FSA is a organization sponsored LDS family Services (a welfare office of the church) which promotes a positive view of adoption. Throughout our journey to grow our family, we helped create a foundation for this organization in Colorado. And have learned that each of God's children are watched over, guided, and loved. We have met good friends as we worked side by side in support of adoption. On the road of the life the Lord knows what he is doing, when he puts an obstacle in our life's path. Without the struggle to have children naturally, we would have missed out on the wonderful opportunity to meet and become friends with some of my favorite people who also struggled to grow their families. Relying on the Lord throughout this process has helped me better understand Him. I will cherish those experiences and know that it has come by living my faith.