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Hi I'm Mary Ellen Donaldson

I grew up in Alberta, Canada, served a mission in Italy,am a mother of 3, grandmother, and work as a pharmacist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest joy is feeling like I am helping others. As a mom, there are so many things you can do to build and support your kids as they grow and become independent. As a daughter I still can call my folks in Canada every day to tell them I love them. Being a grandmother is the best! I am old enough now to really enjoy seeing things through a small child's eyes again. There are many who I see every day at my work as a pharmacist who need help with health and medicine questions and sometimes just a sympathetic ear. Can't believe I get paid for that one! I love animals and currently have a cat and dog. I enjoy singing and when my work schedule permits I sing in a local chorale. When I can't, I sing in our church choir on Sundays. I love reading especially about history and am a super fan of people like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and my great-great-great-great-grandmother who lived through both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars! I also love to swim and go to the beach and watch the sea birds and waves.

Why I am a Mormon

I attended my father's Protestant church as a child. I l loved learning about the Bible and had a wonderful Sunday School teacher there, but some of the things she taught confused me, such as God was a "Power for Good". It was hard for me to understand. My LDS (Mormon) mother taught me instead that Heavenly Father was a glorified being with a body like ours and that we were literally created in his image. She taught me to talk to him in prayer. At twelve I began attending a weekly evening youth meeting with a Mormon friend. I always felt so "at home" whenever I attended a meeting. I began to read the Book of Mormon with my dad's permission when I was about fifteen. It took about a year to get to the right point in my life for the Spirit to witness to me that it was true. The feeling was so powerful that even now I can still recall the incredible joy I felt as I shared it with my mother. Over the years as I have re-read it, my conviction of its truthfulness has grown as well as my deep gratitude for the guidance and hope it has given me through the trials I have faced. My testimony now includes all of the other wonderful things the Lord has restored to the earth before he comes again, such as his church, a modern-day prophet and apostles, other scriptures which add so much to the Bible and Book of Mormon, and the beautiful temples with the sacred covenants or promises we make with God there. I know God lives and loves us and wants us to come home.

How I live my faith

I love my Savior! He is the most important person in my life and I want to dedicate all that I am and have to bring others to him as well, whether it is my own family or friends I know or will know. I try to reflect his kindness, his compassion, his hope for us all as I go through my day. I know I am not perfect, but rejoice in the grace of my Lord that he forgives my weaknesses and turns them gradually to strengths. I trust in his words in the scriptures and modern-day prophets. I serve as a ward missionary and am the proud mother of a full-time missionary who is loving his mission right now!