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Hi I'm Mary

I am from a small town in Arizona. I have 4 kids, love to scrapbook and do projects around my house. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of four children ages 12 to 22. Two of my children have Asperger's Syndrome, one is a Type I Diabetic, and one is just a teenager so life has been a challenge. I love being a "stay at home mom" so that I have the freedom to not always stay home. I work as a tax advisor during the income tax season and love being able to help other people with their taxes. I am strong willed and independent, but my husband loves that about me because we work together on everything from construction projects to finances and he doesn't feel like he has to do it all himself. My hobbies change from time to time but I love creating, decorating my home, organizing and scrapbooking.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't grow up in a home that had religion. I learned about Jesus Christ through an aunt when I was a youth and decided to go to local Baptist church in the small town where I lived. I have always been open to relgion and wanted to learn more about other religions. In my early twenties I worked for company that was owned by a Mormon family so I had many discussions about their religion. I was eventually invited to take the missionary discussions and agreed but stated that I would not join their church. I challenged the missionaries at every discussion and asked some really hard questions, but they always had the answers. I continued to refuse joining the church but wanted to learn more. At the end of all the discussions I couldn't deny the truth. The Holy Spirit testified to my heart that all that I learned was true and though I didn't want to join the "Mormon Church" I knew that I couldn't walk away from it. When I let my family know of my intentions to be baptized they were not happy. My grandfather called me and tried to talk me out of it. He convinced me to talk to a friend of the family who was a Baptist Minister before I was baptized. I was so worried that he would show me the errors of my ways, but in the two hours I spent with him he told me all the things that the Mormon's believed and my testimony just grew stronger. I had already learned the truth about what the Mormon's believed and the more he tried to persuade me based on his understanding the more the spirit confirmed to me the truth. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he and the Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith and through him the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to this earth. The Book of Mormon is an additional witness of the love and mercy and teachings of the Savior. And anyone who wants to know for themselves if any of this is true, only has to ask in faith and the Lord will reveal through his Holy Spirit the truth of all things.

How I live my faith

I am so greatful for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Knowing that there is a greater purpose to my life gives my life meaning and gives me a reason to want to serve others. I have had the opportunity to work with the youth of the church in various ways. I have three sons so I've been very involved in the Cub Scout and Boy Scout program and love what scouting gives to young men. I have also been able to teach classes to various age groups including "Early Morning Seminary" which is a scripture study class for high school kids. I love being able to study the scriptures in detail as I prepare to share my knowledge with others. I also love being with the youth of the Church. They are such a great example of courage as they live church standards and share their knowledge of the gospel with their friends. Teaching my children is probably one of the most important ways that I live my faith. Some may think that my children have been sheltered and only believe what their parents tell them. But that is the great thing about this gospel, my children learn what I believe by how I live. "It's not what we say but what we do" so as I live my life in accordance to the standards which I believe, then I am teaching my children by my example and they can learn for themselves what is true. The Savior himself walked this earth and taught by his example to love others and to serve them. That's how I try to live my faith.