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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a birdwatcher, a poet, an artist, a wife and mother, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a liberal, a feminist, and a life-long student. Any day without new learning is a wasted day - I can't remember a day like that! I'm a cancer survivor - the three years I was given have become six and a half and still going. My favorite things to do: Help kids learn; make the world beautiful with needle and thread, crocheting, knitting, paint and pencil, pen and ink and computer; wander the woods and fields watching birds and animals; grow flowers and fruit and people; cook and bake; read, read, read and learn. The very best times are those spent with my husband, our children and our grandchildren. I love history, science, literature, poetry, cookbooks and I love changing the world. I love God's whole, gorgeous world!

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Because Joseph Smith truly saw the Father and the Son; because I cannot deny the blessings that have enriched and saved my life; because I know that God loves me and because I love Him. I was introduced to the Church as a teen; I spent three and half years investigating the Church. Using the religion shelf at my local library, I read everything I could find about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and about other churches and religions, too. (A piece of good advice: Don't criticize what you don't know - read the Koran, for instance, or the Book of Mormon before you form an opinion or say anything.) I needed to be sure that whatever I did, it would be approved by the Lord. Finally, though, it was the Holy Spirit's influence that convinced me that the Gospel is true, so I was baptized. When you know something is good and true, do it! I've never looked back. Life in the church is just good; I am happier than I ever thought I could be. The Gospel changed my life!

How I live my faith

My goal each day is to change the world for the better. Try this: Start your day with a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to show you who needs you. When He does, pay attention! Your life will be exciting and full of great new people and experiences. I know it works, because I do it. I have lots of opportunities: I help in the church library on Sundays; I help high school students with writing and research on weekdays; I captain an American Cancer Society Relay for Life team every summer, and I talk to people wherever and whenever I can. I love people! Quite an achievement for a formerly very shy kid! I have been sustained through long and rather arduous treatment for an incurable cancer and the death of a newborn grandson by the kind and loving people at church, at school, and in my community. This is my favorite Book of Mormon scripture, Moroni 7:48: "Wherefore, my beloved brethren (and sisters!), pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may be become the sons (and daughters!) of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may be have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure." Charity, the pure love of Christ - loving as He does - is the key, the secret, the goal. Imagine seeing the Savior and just knowing Him! No matter what happens to me, I can love and help and serve because I am loved. How cool is that?