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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a fan of learning, especially about other cultures, languages, and religions. I'm a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Though I was born in the South, I was raised in the Northwest. Because of where I live, I have become very fond of other cultures and languages. I particularly love learning about Japanese and German, but I love learning anything about anything. I graduated high school in 2003, but am still working on college, because I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to learn about. But I've settled on becoming an elementary teacher, so I can learn a bit about everything and share my love of learning with children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and was baptized at 8, but it wasn't until I was in my early 20's that I really discovered why I'm a Mormon. I've struggled with depression since being a teenager, but I was able to deal with it to the best of my abilities. When I was in my early 20's, however, I stumbled a lot with school and work and fell into a deep depression. I couldn't go to church for fear of calling attention to my lowly state. When I prayed, I would always burst into tears. I just knew there was something wrong with me that couldn't be forgiven and that there was no way that the Father in Heaven I had learned about and loved could ever love me back. I slowly started taking back control of my emotions when I was 24, and was feeling a bit more confident. I started attending church again, but I would only stay for a little bit, before I would start to feel overwhelmed. That all changed one night when I went on a drive after an activity at church. I was on a spiritual high and trying to put my feelings into words. I couldn't really figure it out until I got off the freeway and was nearing my home when a phrase came to my mind: "I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father, who loves me, and I love Him". That phrase is the first line of a theme I used to say every single Sunday at church for 6 years in my Young Women's classes. It didn't hit me until that night how much it would save me later on to realize that my Heavenly Father loves me. No matter how many imperfections I have. No matter how many sins I've committed. He loves ME. He sent His only perfect son to die for ME. And for you. If we were able to be perfect in this life time, Christ wouldn't have needed to die on the cross. But as soon as we sinned for the first time in this life, we became imperfect and needed the Atonement. We continue to need the Atonement. Heavenly Father and Christ love ALL OF US. No matter what our faults are. I am so happy to be a member of his Church and to know that he loves us.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am serving as a teacher in the Nursery of my ward. We have a large Nursery with about 20 kids, ages 18 months to 3 years old. Thankfully, there are 4 of us in there to help watch these wonderful children. It is serving in the Nursery that reminded me of my dream to become a teacher to children and gave me back that drive to fulfill that dream. Besides what I do at church, I try to regularly pray and read my scriptures. Currently, I am going back and forth between the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon. I love the stories in them both and they bring me such joy to read them. In my community, I work at a grocery store. I don't share my testimony there often, but I do try to go above and beyond my duties as a cashier to help my customers. I also try to volunteer in any sort of charity event we have at work for our community. It's a lot of fun. I love finding ways to help people in my community. Whether it's raising money or collecting donations for various causes, it's always a lot of fun. The Lord teaches us to help the lesser of our brethren. It blesses not only those we help but our own lives as well.