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Hi I'm Maria

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Layton Utah. I'm a manager of a bankcard department at a bank and a mother of three.

About Me

I work in a community bank. The same bank that my father worked at. I enjoy helping people with their financial needs. I love the community that I live and work in. That is why I love what I do. I have been blessed with three boys and a wonderful husband. They live their lives as honorable men. They support me in my job and life. They have been great help to me through illness and in health. I recently have recovered from a brain tumor. The tumor has left one of my eyes just about blind. During the second brain surgery I suffered a stroke that affected my speech and writing ability, which over time has come back to me. I am so blessed! My life has been given a second chance.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony grows stronger every day. I was raised in a healthy, active, loving environment with great parents. I was lucky to meet my husband after he was converted to the gospel. We lived with a very few trials and hardships in our life. That is until our eldest son was called on his mission. After he left, my health began to fail. The headaches were sometimes unbearable, my vision was doubling, and I was in what seemed like an unending maze to find the reasons for my pain. I finally found the right doctor and the right diagnosis. I found these answers with the help of priesthood blessings given to me through a worthy priesthood holder, my husband. In one of the blessings, I was promised that I would be healed. After the first surgery I went back to work and thought I would be feeling better in time. My eyes would not work together and I had to hold my head at an awkward angle just to read or use my computer at work. The headaches persisted, my neck ached and I was so depressed. One day the words to my favorite hymn came to my mind, "Be still thy soul, the Lord is on thy side. With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain...." I had remembered that the Lord was on my side. That in my blessing he had promised to heal me. Soon I found myself listening to the doctor as he said another surgery was needed. My second within a year. This surgery proved to be harder due to the stroke I suffered. However slowly and surely I recovered. My son stayed on his mission and I believed the Lord blessed us due to his service. I returned to work and the vision is gone in my left eye, however my right eye has perfect sight. The double vision is gone. The headaches are very manageable and I feel great. I have been comforted knowing that the Lord blessed me to be healed. My testimony has grown, that He is there during our trials, he will bless us by the power of the priesthood and through our service. I learned not to give up. He loves each one of us.

How I live my faith

In the year since my last surgery, I have been blessed to serve the community in many adventures. My Bank has a community choir that I direct. We do many service projects for the community which I love. I support my husband in his church assignment in our ward leadership. I recently felt I could fulfill a calling as secretary of the woman's organization in our ward. It keeps me busy. My second son is sending us blessings by fulfilling a mission to the mission that borders the same mission that my first son went to. We just take everyday as it comes, the good with the bad and know that we will continue to be blessed and loved by a loving Heavenly Father. I hope people can see that in our lives.