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Hi I'm Maryam

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Iran. When I was starting grade one there was a turmoil in my country. After the revolution a war began between Iran and Iraq. I was the oldest of three girls in my family and life was difficult during those years. I remember my mom's emergency pack and her handheld radio. We used to dread the sound of sirens as they warned us to take shelter from rocket and bomb attacks. We used to crouch in our stair cases till the attack was over and then go back home to continue with life. In 1988 my family moved to Canada because my parents wanted us to have a chance to live a normal life. Though it was a wonderful opportunity to live free from war and other challenges yet it was very painful to leave my grandmother and other loved ones behind in such obscure circumstances. Our life in Canada took some time to get used to as we needed to learn a new language and adjust to a new life and starting over. It was some of the simple things that were hard for us like fire works on Canada day for they reminded us of the sounds of war. I don't really know how we got through those years but we did. I met my sweetheart in my final year of high school and unbeknownst to me it was the single event that changed my life forever. After high school I went to College and got a diploma in print journalism which experience I really loved. I married my sweet heart in 1994 and later became parents to two amazing children who keep us busy around the clock.

Why I am a Mormon

I learned to revere God from a very young age. I was born a Muslim and surrounded by millions of others. I studied religion at school and at home yet I always had so many unanswered questions about God, his nature, our purpose. I used to fear death and wondered if it would just be all darkness and void. I used to admire my grand father who was the most rightous person I knew. He used to read his scriptures, pay his tithes and offerings and love everyone and serve them. It was very hard for me when he passed away. I was only 12 then and I remember it rained heavily all morning. After his burial I remember feeling so sad that I'll never see him again. I looked up, the clouds were clearing and the sun peaked through and I had a feeling that grand father was up there watching over me. I remember talking to God every night. I didn't know why as I was never taught to pray that way however I felt comforted when I did. In high school I met a boy who became my best friend and then my eternal companion. For the first time in my life some one had answers to my old questions. One year we attended a Christmas sacrament meeting together. I felt so at home. At the invitation of my father in law I took discussions with the missionaries and they confirmed every thing my husband had already shared with me. So I decided to fast and pray with all my heart. Heavenly Father answered my prayers in a way that only He could. Because of my decision to be baptized I was at first disowned by my father but with my grandmother's intervening he forgave me and over the years as I've shared my testimony and as he has witnessed the changes in me and my life we enjoy a loving family relationship together. I'm grateful for a Heavenly Father who loved me enough to have a plan for me. Through the sacrifice of a loving Saviour, Jesus Christ I can be with my family after death. I'm comforted to know that I am not alone and that all my trials help me to grow.

How I live my faith

I love studying the New Testament and learning about Jesus Christ and how He blessed others through service. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we follow the example of Jesus Christ by serving others. I have always enjoyed the opportunity to cook a meal for a new mother or a sick person, cleaning the house for some one who needs a lift or working together with a large group of women on different projects like putting school kits together or putting together baby kits for those in disaster stricken places of the world I always find there are opportunities for service all around us. In the Church there are no paid clergy so that means every one has to work hard to keep the programs functioning so the people can be blessed. I have served in lots of different capacities as youth Suday school teacher or teaching the children or women I have learned to love the people I serve and no matter what the service may involve I always end up feeling like I'm blessed way more than I could offer those I have served.