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Hi I'm Margaret

I am a law professor. I am the mother of three children and am expecting my fourth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I often feel like I live two separate lives, yet I love both of them: I am a law professor and a mother of three children, ages 2, 4, and 6, with a fourth on the way. My life at home is filled with rambunctious playing, laundry, meals, dishes, snacks, PBS, reading, and endless questions. It also includes class preparation, research, and writing. It is both a pleasure and a challenge to teach my children and my students. Once lawyers, my students will be able to use the law to affect the lives, liberty, and property of others. In my classes, I try to help them appreciate the weight of that fact and to be sufficiently prepared to competently and ethically serve others through the practice of law.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always enjoyed studying and thinking about things—including law, art, literature, history, music and science. Religion is no exception. One of the basic principles taught in the Mormon Church is for each person individually to study religion and ponder eternal principles in his or her own mind and own heart, so that all people can know for themselves their relationship with that which is eternal. I have spent a great deal of time studying, pondering, and praying about religious truths. Through these exercises I have come to know that Jesus is the Christ, the very son of God, and that salvation comes in and through his atonement. I have come to know for myself—in my mind and heart—that God loves and knows me and that He has an eternal plan for the salvation and happiness of His children. And just as God’s work and glory is to bring about the salvation of His children, so my work and my happiness is found in my family, my children, and my relationships with and service to others. Importantly, I do not expect you to take my word for what I have said or to rely on my assertion that I have come to know these things for myself. Instead, I invite you to study, ponder, and pray for yourself to know the tender mercies of God.

How I live my faith

My faith is central to who I am and has been the guiding influence of my life. While I make plenty of mistakes on a daily basis, I try my best to live what I believe and to use my time and talents to serve others, including my children and my students. As a mother of young children, one of the main ways I live my faith is by teaching my children and helping them come to feel and know of God’s love through prayer, scripture study, gospel discussions, and service. On Sundays, I teach the 2 & 3 year old children at church with another woman from our congregation. We have eleven children who come to our class. As a college professor, it has been quite a learning experience for me to teach and keep the attention of a group of toddlers. I love these precious children and often recall the words or our Savior: "Suffer little children . . . to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." The faith and trust of little children are an example to all. There are many personal ways that I live my faith. Living my faith means treating others with patience, tolerance, and love. It means that I have to own up to my mistakes and apologize to my family members, friends, and associates. I also have to forgive and let go of grudges whether petty or great. I often have to pray for God’s help in trying to live my faith in these very personal but essential ways, and whenever I have done so, I have felt His love and assistance.