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Hi I'm Murlie

I'm the parent of a special needs child. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have six grown children, a Master's degree in Exercise Science and a BSN in nursing. I have taught tennis to neighborhood kids, and work now at wellness screenings. I have done numerous do-it-yourself projects including building a deck, tiling floors, and painting my house. I enjoy most any outdoor activity, but also think sitting in a comfortable chair and reading would be a terrific way to spend the day. Watching our children participate in sports was great, including one in Special Olympics.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandmother lived with us while I was growing up so I often saw her reading the Bible. When I was about 11 years old, I answered the call to come forward during a Billy Graham crusade to declare my belief in Christ. Our family attended a Presbyterian church every Sunday. I remember hearing a guest speaker one Sunday in the youth Sunday School who was a Mormon and who asked us what our concept of God was. I remember thinking that what she said about God and Jesus being in the form of man made sense to me. Years later, when I was choosing where to go to college, I ended up at BYU, because they had a tennis team and had said I could play on it. Being in the habit of going to church, I continued to do so at BYU. I learned more about the nature of God, and first heard about Joseph Smith receiving the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon came. Near the end of that first year, I knelt down to ask Heavenly Father whether the Book of Mormon was true. The most incredible feeling came over me of peace and assurance, which I knew was not my own imagination. I was baptized and am grateful these many years later for the continuing guidance and peace that comes from the Holy Ghost and from the testimony of Christ found in all the scriptures.

How I live my faith

My faith in Christ motivates me to try to follow His teachings. Life's many curve-balls have certainly given me plenty of opportunity to deal with frustration, disappointment, regret and anger. No one is exempt from these. Prayer has been my biggest comfort as I experience life. When I read the scriptures, I get help and direction for how to live - I'm prompted to repent and to humble myself. The order of the universe, from the nano level to the universe's expanse testifies of a creator, and I try to remember that I will account for my life before Him. Knowing Christ's atonement can cover my shortcomings brings me peace.