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Hi I'm Marie Wilcox

I was sick for years and then healed by the grace of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 6' tall and it's all in my legs, so of necessity I learned to sew really young. I love to sew, knit, sing, and read. I got in sledding accident my freshman year of college and split my liver open. The liver healed in 6 months but I never got better. 2 years later I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I thought I would be facing a life sentence of drug taking and pain. By the grace of God after another 2 years of medication I was healed and am no longer on any medication. I learned a lot from that experience, least of which, to treasure my health. I served a full time mission in Japan. It was a life changing experience. Now I'm helping my sister take care of her children and trying to get into graduate schools. It's a very normal life that I treasure.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents and baptized when I was 8. I never doubted that there was a God, but I had my own doubts. I prayed to know the Book of Mormon was true when I was 5 and received and answer that it was. That doesn't mean that I never wavered or wondered. I fell away as a teenager because I did not feel that God could love me. That continued as I struggled with disease. As I returned to church and the healing of heart and body began I came to realize that He did love me. He guided my life even as I was far from Him. I know that God loves me. I know that He reveals His will to His prophets: the leaders of this church, so I am Mormon. I am Mormon because that is how I will come close to God.

How I live my faith

I teach the gospel in church every Sunday to single adults. I receive an assigned topic, study, pray, and prepare to teach it. I think I get more out of each lesson than the people who come to my class! It's a humbling experience to teach and share and learn together and feel God there teaching with you.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Marie Wilcox
To be happy! Not just happy in the moment, but the eternal, enduring happiness! No matter what kind of knocks life deals you, you can be happy by choosing to obey God's commandments and because God will help you bear it, get through it, and be happy! In the end, no matter what kind of experiences we had here on earth if we are righteous, God will take us home with our families and we'll be happily together forever! Show more Show less