Hi I'm Marilee
I am married and a mother of 4 wonderful children. I graduated from Brigham Young Unitversity, and have enjoyed working in speech therapy. I am a total people person. I love to help people. I would say that is my favorite past-time. I am a state committeeman for the republican party, and enjoy learning about my responsibilities as an American. I dream of owning a small ranch someday where I can ride horses all day through the mountains. I have lived and studdied in Israel and loved every moment while in the Holy Land. Being part Jewish made this even more special to me. Riding Arabian horses through the desert night sky while watching the light show at the pyramids was probably my favorite memory. About 9 years ago I went through a very sad divorce and thought that my pain and saddness would never go away, but I was wrong. I decided to stay very close to my Heavenly Father and trust Him to take care of me and my 3 young children. Miracles occured almost daily. I felt his presence near me guiding me in all of my choices and decisions. I met my wonderful husband within 8 or 9 months. My children and I know that we were blessed beyond compare. That our Heavenly Father knows us by name, and that He had prepared Mike especially for our family. After being sealed in the Mesa Arizona temple, we were blessed with our 4th child, who has truely completed our family.
Why I am a Mormon
Although I was born a "mormon", I have had the opportunity to visit and study many different faiths. I am from part jewish and part Cherokee Indian ansestry, and very proud of and grateful for my herritage. I was introduced to the restored Gospel when I was a small child, but like everyone, I had to learn and grow and decide for myself if this was true. When I became a teenager, and began having more opportunities to be exposed to different people and experiences, I decided to read the book of mormon and pray to my Heavenly Father with a FULL HEART, asking if this was in fact the only true church on the earth. The answer came very clearly through a small and sweet but powerful voice confirming that indeed the church was true, but that as I continued to study, learn and pray I would even know more clearly than I did that day. That small, sweet voice was the Holy Ghost. He has blessed my life more than I can express, as He has whispered to my heart hndreds of thousands of times now, that God is in fact my Father in Heaven, that He loves me and that Jesus Christ is His son. That He (God, our Father) allowed his only begotten son (in the flesh) to come to earth and to take upon Him my sins, so that I may return back to my Heavenly Father one day. I know this church is true, with all of my heart. I love my Father in Heaven and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, who attoned for my sins, and I am so grateful that I have the fullness of the Gospel in my life. My life is full and happy, and I wish I could share this feeling with everyone in the world, so that they may be as happy as I am.
How I live my faith
I have been given the opportunity to serve as the young womens president in my ward for the past 2 1/2 years, and I work with about 25-30 of the young women ages 12-18. This calling is very time consuming and my husband children have been ever so patient with my committments outside of the home. It is very important that I pray every morning and night and study my scriptures daily. In addition, we enjoy reading the scriptures as a family every morning at 6:45 am. We have learned so much as we read together, and our day gets off to a great start, especially because we kneel to have family prayer every morning after scriptures. I love to go to the temple and feel the love of my Savior while I am in His house. I also have the opportunity to serve as a visiting teacher. That means that I have been given stewardhip over 3 sisters in the ward. I visit them each once a month, and bring them treats, a lesson or just a nice chat. We look out for eachother, and I will always be there for them if they go through a tough time, just as though I know that my visiting teachers will be there for me if anything happens to me. Often times we can provide meals to a new mother or to a family who recently went through a divorce or death in the family. This brings me peace to know that we always have that.