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Hi I'm Mollie

I love the outdoors. I am a forester and a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a rural town in North Carolina. As a child, I fell in love with the forests and hills that my brother and sisters and I lived and played in. My love of nature continued to my college years, where I studied the forests, wildlife, and ecosystems of the eastern US. I met my husband early in my academic career. I felt very fortunate to have a friend and companion by my side to help and encourage me as I completed my studies. After graduation, I pursued a career as a forest management forester. My experience allowed me to obtain a license to practice forestry in the Southeastern US. All the professional experience in the world did not prepare me for the hardest job I’ve ever had--as a mother! Being a stay-at-home mom is a challenging job. But it is the most rewarding and life-changing job I’ve ever known. I have made many sacrifices to stay at home with my children. But I know that my choice to dedicate my life to my family now will have lasting effects upon my children, family, and community forever.

Why I am a Mormon

College changed my life in many ways. This was a critical time, as I was away from my family and small community for the first time in my life. It was hard at first. I began to wonder if I could fulfill my goal of graduating from college when I was struggling with such loneliness and failure. It was at this time that I really turned to the Lord for guidance and support. I began to read and study the scriptures with fervor. As I did so, I realized that with the Lord, I could make the choice to never truly be alone. This knowledge gave me hope and courage. I began to seek out opportunities to make friends and try new things. I made friends with the girls in my dorm who were from very different backgrounds and areas of the nation than me. I joined clubs and organizations that had previously been outside my comfort zone, including the Army ROTC program. I began to develop a knowledge that my Heavenly Father knew me personally and loved me even though I was imperfect and wasn’t popular or important. This knowledge has sustained me as I face the challenges of life and motherhood. I know that if I continue to develop my relationship with my Heavenly Father that He will help me succeed in my relationships as a wife, a mother, and a daughter.

How I live my faith

Just as college encouraged me to seek for opportunities outside my comfort zone, the choice to follow the Lord has provided for the same type of growth. Moving from a rural town to a large city has given me the chance to participate in a neighborhood watch program. I have met and made friends with many of my neighbors as I have fulfilled my responsibilities as a block captain and block party organizer. I am starting to better understand and respect the solemn responsibility of teachers as I volunteer at my son's elementary school. This has given me valuable resources and insight as I teach young children for two hours at church on Sundays. Experience in the outdoors has been valuable to me as I prepare to entertain and educate many young women of the surrounding area for a week during the summer at a camp for youth. I have learned to love all of God's children, no matter their age or background, as I work with many different and dynamic people within my church and communitiy. My husband and I are learning all about remodeling as we take on many new home improvement projects every year. We have found out the hard way that remodeling projects take four times longer to complete with four little children running around. But we think it makes the work even more memorable!