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Hi I'm Marie

Raised in Wyoming. I love the gospel and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Wyoming and am the second oldest of five kids. My siblings and cousins are my best friends and I love spending as much time with them as I can. I went to BYU-Idaho for two years and studied Chemistry. I lived with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins. I absolutely loved it there. Recently I got engaged and transferred to BYU-Provo. I am studying Chemistry Education and hope to be a Chemistry teacher. I am getting married in December and have never been more excited. I enjoy slack lining, hiking, and being outdoors. My senior year of high school I did foreign exchange to France and loved learning the language an culture.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many youth around Utah, I was born and raised in the Church. Every Sunday since I can remember I have gone to Church. When I turned 8 I got baptized and went to Activity Days. Before I knew it I was 12 and started the Young Women's program. I would go every Tuesday and loved the girls in my ward and the leaders. I never questioned whether or not the Church was true. I had been taught it since I was little and I believed what my parents taught me. In high school I attended seminary, went to EFY, Youth Conference, and Trek. They all strengthened the testimony my parents planted in me as a young child. It wasn't until my senior year when I went on youth exchange to France. The Church was an hour away and I had no way to get there. I went four months without it and realized I missed the Church more than anything else. I debated coming home many times. 8 months into my exchange I went on a bus trip with 52 students. I was the only Mormon. One night on the beach in Venise, everyone got drunk. One of my friends dropped me on the rocks on my neck. I fractured my neck, had a concussion, and cerebral trauma. I spent a couple nights in the hospital. First thing that came to mind was, "Why me? Why would God let this happen to me? I was the only sober one and the only Mormon. How could he do this to me?" I didn't have anyone to give me a blessing, but through prayer I was comforted and my pain taken away. I knew it happened to me because I could handle it and be a light to others. I continued the bus trip and many said to me, "How can you be so happy and smiling even with the neck brace?" I never let it bring me down, but tried to be happy and just have fun. It opened a door to talk about the Church with my friends on the trip. I was able to express why I was ok and how I knew I would be okay. My testimony grew that year away and I have never questioned the Church after that moment. This Church is true and I love it with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday by my actions. I read my scriptures and pray daily. I dress modestly and use good language. I am willing to stand up for the Church and like to share the gospel with others. I go to Church every Sunday and fulfill my callings. I have had many different callings in student wards and my home ward. I enjoy going to the temple and doing family history.