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Hi I'm Marilyn

I am a wife, a mother of five, a grandmother of one, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life primarily revolves around two activities--family life and learning. I consider spending time with family both my highest priority and most pleasurable activity. A love of learning has always been intertwined with my family life. I met my husband when we were both in graduate school. Much of our subsequent family life together has revolved around learning--both formal and informal. To further the children's formal education, we 've done everything from driving for field trips and putting up bulletin boards in the childlren's elementary schools to proofreading applications to graduate and professional school. Supporting them in learning through community service, sports teams, and outdoor activities has also been a major part of our lives. Watching our granddaughter learn to walk and talk and anticipating her further development is as exciting as it was with our children. In addition to the wonder of watching children learn and grow, I have had formal personal opportunities to learn. With five children at home, my husband supported me financially and emotionally when I re-entered school to obtain a doctoral degree. And, I'm fortunate to have a career in health care and public health where I am constantly learning new things.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was six-years-old. As a family, we were very involved in church activities. I attended Brigham Young University and served a mission for the Church. It would be natural to assume that I am a Mormon because it is what is expected or what I am comfortable with socially and culturally. However, I also had opportunities to choose not to continue to participate as a church member. I grew up in a small town in Texas where my siblings and I were the only Mormons. I attended graduate school at a state university where belonging to any formal religion was not the standard. My continuing identity as a Mormon throughout my life is based on both spiritual affirmation and empirical evidence. I have read the Book of Mormon multiple times, and every time I do, the peace and reassurance that I receive as I read it renews my testimony that it contains God's guidance to me. I am also a Mormon because it works. Personally, I have seen the happy results of having a family life centered on Christ and his teachings. As a public health professional, I am constantly aware of risks to people's well-being. Many of these adverse circumstances can be avoided through living Gospel principles. In circumstances where difficulties and challenges cannot be avoided, the Gospel principles and the Church's organization provide comfort and support.

How I live my faith

I have served in the Church in many ways with children, youth, and adults. But to me, truly living my faith means it is a part of everything I do, not just what I do at Church. I am a child of God. He has a plan fot my life and answers to every problem, difficulty, and challenge that I face. I learn his answers through prayer and studying his Word daily. Everyone else is also a child of God and knowing that influences the way I interact with them.