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Hi I'm Marianne

I teach 4th grade, I love history and traveling, I'm raising two strong willed and beautiful little girls and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My days are jam packed with teaching 4th grade, working out at the gym (I'm completely addicted to step aerobics!) and taking care of my family. My husband and I met and married almost 10 years ago while in college and are now raising two little girls that both try and complete us. Our strong wills pit against their equally strong wills constantly, making each day an exercise in patience and prayer! In my (rarely!) free time, I love to learn about new places and try to figure out ways to visit them someday. This world is amazing and I want to see every bit of it in my life. My favorite trips so far are the Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon and being a "leaf peeper" in New England during the peak of Autumn. Our next trip is planned to the Bahamas to enjoy the tropical beauty there. I am very behind in scrapbooking our life and the lives of our daughters, but I love the journey involved in creating the books and I am giving getting my stack of pictures finished a valiant effort. Someday I will be able to complete the pages as the pictures are snapped... hopefully! I love the arts and enjoy playing the piano, singing alto in a local jazz ensemble and especially attending the ballet. Art feeds the soul. I am especially patriotic, as I come from a military family and have family currently serving in the US Armed Forces. I'm one that decorates the whole house for every holiday, definitely including the Fourth of July. We have much to be grateful for and I love to celebrate it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, which I sometimes feel is harder than being a traditional convert. While growing up, you go to church and follow the lifestyle because it's what you know. At some point, however, you have to make a decision to continue the lifestyle when your parents are not pushing anymore. It becomes an active choice to stay a part of the Church and live the teachings of the Gospel. For me, this choice has come multiple times, as I'm sure it has for many. To be honest, I have struggled to stay strong against the tide of degrading morality in the world. It would be much easier, for sure, at times to do what my friends and co-workers are doing. They often seem to be having more fun... and they don't seem to be having any negative affects from their choices. I wonder "Would doing it just a little bit hurt?" but then I think about the blessings I've been given for doing what I know is right. I realize then that I don't want to lose those things- material, emotional and spiritual- that Heavenly Father has placed in my life for my benefit and my use. I want- more than popularity and acceptance by those around me- to have a close relationship with my Savior. I want to be that strong example for my daughters that I know He wants me to be. I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. The Gospel fills all the cracks and voids that the World leaves in us as we fight our way through it each day. I feel at peace when I know I am doing what Heavenly Father wants me to. I feel blessed to know that I am a daughter of God and that as such, I am entitled to all the blessings of Heaven. I love learning of Him and working to make my life be in tune with His expectations. I know I still fall very short in many ways, but I feel peace in knowing that He knows my heart and intentions and He will help make up the difference as He hold my hand and guides me.

How I live my faith

During my service in the Church, I have worked with the small children by teaching music and the teenaged girls by planning and executing Youth service events to strengthen their sense of self esteem and testimony of Jesus Christ. I have taught Sunday School to the Youth in our ward (community of church-goers) with my husband and I am currently serving as a part of the women's organization for our area. Our organization provides aid and service to the members of our community- both LDS (Mormon) and otherwise. We work to ensure the physical, emotional and spiritual health of those in our area (most especially the women) are strong and provided for. I also live my faith by raising my daughters to be strong and confident in themselves. I teach them that they are also daughters of a God who loves them greatly, knows them by name and knows what they are capable of. I teach them that He is there to guide and protect them and that He wants them to follow His teachings so that they can be happy. Most importantly, I live my faith by continuing to make choices in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I attend church, serve in my callings, treat my body with respect, study the scriptures and pray for continued guidance and grace from my Savior.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Women in the Mormon church are sometimes viewed from the outside as being considered less than their men. This is NOT true! Women hold a special place in the Church and in life in general. We are by nature more nurturing, and so we are primarily responsible for the care of our families. Women are equal to men and in healthy relationships are treated as such. We work hand in hand with our husbands to raise morally sound and strong children. Many Mormon women- myself included- work outside the home and still fulfill our responsibilities in the home as well. I consider myself a strong, confident and headstrong woman. I wouldn't have it any other way! I know who I am and I respect the virtue and privileges I've been given. I strongly believe that God holds women in an special place in His heart. He loves us and gives us large responsibilities because He knows that we can do them! We may not hold the Priesthood, as men in the Church are encouraged to be worthy to, but we are given the privileges of bearing children, creating and maintaining (with help from our husbands) a righteous home and family and assisting the men in their responsibilities as well. Show more Show less