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Hi I'm Mary.

I live in the gorgeous state of Washington. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother of 10. I love rain, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful man, and we have four beautiful children. They are grown, have wonderful spouses, and we have 10 grandchildren who are our treasures. I grew up in Washington state, married here, and we raised our family here. We lived three years in Germany when my husband, a mechanical engineer, took a temporary job with the Army Corps of Engineers in Frankfurt. I worked as a medical secretary until the time we had children. After our children were grown I went back to work as a medical transcriptionist, working from my home. My husband and I are both retired now. I love to travel, and someday hope to go to Australia and New Zealand. I like to garden, with varying degrees of success. I have moods where I love to sew. I have made numerous Halloween costumes for children and grandchildren, prom dresses and wedding dresses. I love the Christmas season, starting with the day after Thanksgiving, which is its own holiday in our family, when all the Christmas decorations come out and the Christmas music starts playing. I love spending time with my family, especially Sunday dinners, and every year we all spend a week together at Lake Chelan, Washington.

Why I am a Mormon

I became interested in the church when I began dating a nice young man in college and found out he was a member of the church. As we began dating more seriously, I decided I needed to find out what it was all about. I had wonderful missionaries who taught me about the church. Everything made sense to me, except the part about Joseph Smith. The missionaries asked me to pray and find out for myself. I had never really prayed about anything like that before, but I told them I would try. I knelt by my bed one night and poured my heart out to Heavenly Father. I felt that I needed to know the answer because I was at the point where I would either be baptized as the missionaries suggested, or end my discussions with them. I knew it was important for me to find out, so I didn't want to take it lightly. In my prayer I asked Heavenly Father to help me to know if it was true or not. I immediately felt a feeling of warmth and peace come over me that I couldn't deny. I was surprised because I wasn't expecting to get much of an answer, and especially not so quickly. A yes answer was not something that I was hoping for because I knew what a commitment it would be. But I knew that I had received my answer, and I was baptized two weeks later. Being a member of this church has brought me the greatest joy I could hope for in this life

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying each day to live my life in a way that would make my Heavenly Father happy, and that lets others know that I am a Christian. My husband and I work with the youth in the church, helping to organize activities that will help them come together in worship and fun. Through the years I have worked primarily teaching children in the church. Right now my husband and I are preparing to serve a mission for the church. We will be working in Boston in the mission office, supporting the missionary program there.