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Hi I'm Marcia

I am a wife and mother of 4 beautiful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California in the Central Valley. I lived with my mom and my sister and visited my dad, stepmom, and 3 younger siblings on weekends. As a very young child I attended the Assemblies of God with my father and around the age of 7 we switched to the First Baptist church. In high school, I was involved in student government, cheerleading, and choir in high school. I began attending the LDS church during my senior year in high school. When I graduated I moved to Southern California and attend a University. During my first semester I converted and became a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During the next three years I studied different topics before finally deciding on Ecomics. I met my husband during one of my summer breaks while working for a church related summer camp. By the following December we were married. That next January we moved to Utah to finish our degrees at Brigham Young University. Within a year, I had finished my Bachelor's in Economics with a minor in math and we had also had our first child, a beautiful baby girl. I finished my Master's in Business Administration a couple years later and had a baby boy. After awhile we had another baby boy and left Utah so my husband could finish his graduate degrees at another University. We just recently had our fourth child, a beautiful little sister to our other three children! I am currently a HAPPY stay at home mom and LOVE my job. I also enjoy reading when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and I want to follow in His ways. In Philippians 4:8 Paul writes “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” I took this advice to heart when I was 17 and was first introduced to the Mormon faith. I began to “think on these things” and to ponder in my heart the difference between what I had been taught as a child and what I was then learning about. My father had allows taught me good and true principles as a faithful church-going man and these teachings provided a strong foundation for me to build upon when I was introduced to the young missionaries assigned to teach about the faith where I was living. At first, silly things I had heard about the church, or half-truths, made me think that the Mormon faith was way off course. “How could there be another book of scripture?” or “How could there be a prophet on the Earth today?” I began to learn more about the church and discovered that there were indeed many good things and teachings found in the Mormon church. The teachings were “just, pure, and lovely” as Paul stated. I decided to pray with real intent to know if the church was as I had previously thought or if it was actually the Lord’s true church, as they claimed. I didn’t hear a booming voice or feel immediate confirmation that the church was true, but I did receive a sense of comfort and peace. As I prayed, I knew that I should continue learning about the church and over time I began to feel that I should be baptized. On November 5th, 2000 I was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My life ever since has been blessed because of the teachings I am able to live by.

How I live my faith

Practicing my faith is a constant part of daily life. The largest way I live my faith is to try and teach my children daily to walk with God. We do not just attend church on Sunday or remember our Heavenly Father in our times of trial and need, but each and every day and in every way. This starts by kneeling beside my bed in the morning and praying to my Heavenly Father. I thank Him for and ask for His help that day. Before my daughter goes off to school and my husband leaves for work, we have family scripture study and pray together. When we read from the scriptures together we try and discuss what we read and apply it to what is happening in our children's lives and on a level that young children can understand. After taking my daughter to school, I try and do my own personal study for thirty minutes (a little more or a little less, but the important thing for me is to not miss a day). We also pray before every meal and again before bed. We also have a family night once a week where we have a lesson to help us all to understand gospel principles and then do a fun activity together as a family. On Sunday we attend church together. Individuals in our church hold callings to help our wards (congregations) function. My calling right now is called Compassionate Service Leader and I love it. As the Compassionate Service Leader I get to help organize assistance for those who are in need in our ward or community. That means I get to help organize meals for those who have had a baby or surgery or have just struggled with life lately. It is an easy way to give service and see others lighten one another burdens. Living my faith the way I do may sound like a big time commitment, but what I receive in return is more than worth it. The gospel of Jesus Christ just becomes a part of who you are and church on Sunday is no longer something you have to do just because you should, but because your spirit craves the strength and renewal felt by attending.