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Hi I'm Margie

A beloved daughter of God, Michael's wife, mother of 5, Recruiter, happy to live my life, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I came to the United States with most of my family when I was 13. From my earliest recollection, I've had a deep love and belief in Jesus Christ, a strong sense of gratitude for my family and a desire to be the best I can be. While a young adult, I had more questions than answers about the purpose for life. Thoughts such as: Where did I come from? Why am I here on Earth at this time? What about life after I die? In my search for answers, I often came up empty to satisfy the deep hunger I felt. Early in 1981, I found the answers as I listened to the message that two LDS missionaries shared with me. Every particle of my being recognized that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held the key to the greatness my soul was destined to receive. I have come to really appreciate the love that Jesus Christ has for me and the worth of each soul. Some of the ways I have learned this is through studying the Scriptures, praying, being active in the church, serving, attending the Temple, being patient with my imperfections, forgiving of others, and seeking the guidance of the Holy Ghost. I love my family! My husband is originally from Idaho. He served a mission in this area and returned after being home for 6 months because he missed South Florida. We started a friendship as running partners. We became engaged after 4 months and have been married for 25 years. We are parents to 3 boys and 2 girls. I am so thankful for their love.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this is a gift from my loving Heavenly Father to me. Just as Father sent His Son, to redeem me. Just as Father granted the wishes of our family to come to United States. I have come to really appreciate and love the life I have been blessed to have. I have had many challenges, yet with Christ's help my trials have been lightened and my joys are magnified. I am a Mormon because I know that this is the only way to return home to my loving Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. When I lived in Ecuador I attended Catholic school. I remember the traditions around holy week leading into Easter. One of which were to watch movies on the life of Christ. I recall my anguish at His suffering and dying on the cross. I'd question why I was not there with Him. Surely they would not have killed him. I would not allow it. The intensity of these feelings stills brings tears to my eyes. I love my Savior! As a Mormon I have come to understand that He died willingly because He loves us and because it was part of His mission. He inherited the power from His Father to avoid death, to die when his work was done, and to take up His life again -- to resurrect. He knows that I love Him. His purpose in mortality was to live His life exactly as He did. He wants me to live mine for Him. As a Christian I am trying to be like Him. I am not perfect like He is. However, He counseled us to be therefore perfect as He is (see Matthew 5:48 and Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 12:48). I must try my best. When I don't hit the mark, I know that His atonement is enough to satisfy my shortcomings. I simply try my best to improve. I am destined for greatness. With Christ by my side, I will accomplish it.

How I live my faith

This is the most exciting part of being a Mormon ... the day to day aspects in my life. I have been a Mormon for over 30 years. I have had many opportunities to serve by working with all different age groups in diverse settings. I am learning that to be a Christian is to serve those around me. This is how I 'm learning to unconditionally love those I serve. Additionally, I feel closer to my Savior by serving and loving others. Presently, I am a choir and cast member in The Savior of the World production. Being involved in this stage production has given an added measure of joy, appreciation, love and gratitude for Christ. I feel of His Love for me and for each member of mankind. He freely invites us to come and learn of Him. He is eager to be our friend and capable of magnifying our earthy journey to be so much more. A phrase from Savior of the World production has made a strong impression on me. "Plenty of people saw Him in life, watched His miracles and heard His teachings, and yet some of them were among those who condemned Him to the cross. To see Him as He is, for who He is - we must look with our hearts ... it isn't by flesh and blood that we know, but by what we feel. And one day, when we do see Him, we will not know any better than we know now that He lives, because we already feel (pointing to the heart) here ... then believe and see." He invites all, He compels none.