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Hi I'm Mary

I like to talk. I like to bake, but mostly I like to discover the power of every person. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I live in a suburban city in Georgia. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, a grandmother, and I try to be a good neighbor to all. Four of our five children are married and live close by. My oldest daughter is mentally handicapped and still lives at home. We have a mixed family in that both my husband and I were previously married and had children when we met about twenty years ago. Until recently, we owned and operated a real estate appraisal management company. I love to cook--baking is my favorite of all, love to read, love computers, and I love people. I truly believe we are all brothers and sisters having lived together as spirit children with God before coming to this earth. That is why the scriptures call him Heavenly FATHER. Because of this, I have frequently felt that family connectedness to many people and love to help others find and be their best selves.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Episcopal Church and was very active there as a teenager. After I married, I moved away from my home town, but did not look for a new church home. A year later when I moved to South Carolina, two missionaries knocked on my door. They wanted to tell me about their church, but I wasn’t really interested. But before they left, they asked me this question, “If there was a true prophet on the earth today, would you be interested in what he proclaimed to the world?” I had to say “Yes”—who wouldn’t! As the missionaries taught me about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I discovered the doctrine to be simple but profound and extremely logical. The missionaries were also able to answer one of my biggest questions….Why had I felt so connected to many people whom I had only just met? I learned that we lived together with Heavenly Father as spirits before coming here. I joined the church mainly because all the pieces seemed to fit together, but before long, I was blessed with a significant feeling which was the Holy Spirit telling me that I had done the right thing by being baptized. That was over almost forty years ago. Joining this church has clearly been the best thing I have ever done.

How I live my faith

Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a lay church—meaning there is no paid ministry—we the members accept volunteer positions to help run all the church programs. As we believe the Lord is at the helm of this church and that its leaders are inspired by God, we accept callings to serve. During my membership, I have served in many different ways. I have taught Sunday school classes. I have taught in-service lessons to teachers. I have served as president for the auxiliaries for children, the teenage girls and the women of the Church. I have also served the church as a public affairs director. I truly enjoy my service to the Church. Whatever the calling, my first goal always is to help others become true followers of Jesus Christ.