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Hi I'm Mauri

I love to read, be active and get things done. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Carolina in a great family. I'm the oldest of five sisters. Growing up, I played the piano, tried tennis, did well in school, loved to read. When I went to BYU for college, it was so amazing to find so many other people my age who loved the Lord and wanted to live good lives. In college, I was able to study in Jerusalem, Paris and London. I served a mission in Santiago Chile (South) and came back to complete graduate school at BYU in history, exphasizing museum studies. My husband and I were introduced by a friend from my freshman year, and we were married a few months after I graduated and a few days before 9/11. We were on our honeymoon and didn't even hear about the attacks until the next day. We lived in Utah and I worked as a museum curator until 2003 when we moved to my hometown for a new job. Now we have two fantastic children. I care for them and as they get older, I'm finding time to participate more in my community and pursue some of my interests. I'm using past museum training to write grants for their schools. I'm doing a home school curriculum with my sister on classical music, something I want to know more about. I love being a mom. I love my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon. As I grew up, I wanted to discover if I had a testimony for myself or if I was a Mormon simply because I was raised to be one. I looked and looked for earth-shattering moments of conversion, but instead God gave me small, quiet moments of growth. There are so many moments when I've felt the Spirit testify to me that this gospel is right and true--that God does speak to prophets in our day, that living high moral standards brings happiness and peace, that priesthood authority is on the earth and has power to bless our lives. I've felt the Spirit testify to me in my heart that this is the gospel of Jesus Christ and that to follow it will lead me back to God's presence. I also see with my logical mind that the plan laid out in this gospel is one that brings happiness in this life. The gospel teaches us to live lives free of deceit, addiction, idleness, ugliness. It teaches us to find joy in loving others, serving others, improving ourselves; and it gives us the tools to accomplish these things. I'm a Mormon because I know this is Christ's church and that He is at its head. I want to follow Him. I'm also glad to be a Mormon because living this gospel brings joy and guidance to my life every day.

How I live my faith

I was telling my husband last night that I feel like our faith permeates every decision that we make. It is the central feature in every decision we make. How we spend our time. How we try to act. What movies we watch, the words we use, what clothes we wear! Being Mormon is a huge part of who we are. I am stay-at-home mom. That's a huge part of the life I am living right now. One of the reasons I do this is because this allows me more time to raise my children to the Lord. I want to have the most influence in their lives during their formative years. At church, I work with children too. I love to see them learn about Jesus and His gospel. They come to understand that living His commandments protects them from harm and unhappiness. The church counsels members to live providently. We live within our income and work to be as self-sufficient as possible. We planted a garden and started raising chickens! (Okay, my husband is doing the heavy work on these two projects!) We've figured out a way to keep an emergency supply of water and are working on storing food and resources for a rainy day. I live my faith in lots of small ways too. I dress modestly. I try to keep the Sabbath holy by shopping on others days of the week and avoiding recreational activities on Sunday. My husband and I work to read the scriptures everyday with our children. I pray regularly and have felt the Lord answer me. We pay tithing on our income and donate to good causes. I look for ways that I can help other people. I really do feel like the gospel is at the core of who I am. Every decision I make is considered in light of the gospel and its teachings. I love having the gospel as a guiding beacon in my life. It's like a map for making good decisions.