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Hi I'm Mary Miller Gallaugher

I am a descendant of pioneer ancestors on both sides of my family. I taught school for almost 40 years, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother to five sons. I now have six adorable grandchildren and am happy to be involved in their lives. I graduated from Mesa High School in 1967 and from ASU with a degree in elementary education. My maternal grandmother graduated from ASU when it was Tempe Normal Teachers College and my mother followed suit. My son is the fourth in the line to have received a degree from ASU. I have taught school since 1971. I LOVE my former students and are now "friends" with many of them who can now call me Mary. One of my favorite stories is when I was teaching in an open-space classroom and one of the young persons from my ward walked by and said "Hi, Sister Gallaugher." One of the kids in my classroom wanted to know if I was a nun! Love those teaching moments! Now I completely retired from teaching this year and miss the kids terribly. However, like I tell my children, now I can do whatever I want! I love to read, quilt, watch my granddaughters dance, my grandsons play sports, go to movies and eat out.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. I am a descendant of Mormon pioneers on both sides of my family. My pioneer ancestors were sent to the Valley to help bring the desert to life. They brought with them and handed down to me a strong work ethic and a willingness to work hard and give my all. That is what helped me be a good teacher and why I loved being a teacher. I have worked in every organization in the church, but my favorite calling is definitely primary chorister. I now teach the adults in my ward. I stay grounded in the gospel because it is true. It gives parents tools to raising good, responsible young people. It gives us opportunities to be leaders and allows us plenty of opportunities to serve and be served.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It isn't enough to just go to church. I have a calling. I volunteer to give service. I help with grandchildren. My goals are eternal so my actions and words must dictate that. I teach adults as a gospel doctrine teacher. It requires lots of study, prayer and scripture reading. I just spent the last year teaching the New Testament and the life of Christ and will soon be teaching the Book of Mormon which is another testimony of Jesus Christ. I love being a member of the Church. Because of it, I have long-lasting, eternal friendships.