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Hi I'm Mary

I like to sing to the elderly and collect shoes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife of almost 10 years! We have three children ages 6, 3, and 1. They are hilarious and we love to wrestle. We laugh and be silly a lot at our house. We also watch "Tangled" almost every day. I love to sing and make things with the computer and my die-cut machine (invitations, flyers, handouts, etc). However, I have yet to scrapbook my oldest child's birth yet! But I do write a journal, which has always been a hobby of mine. I got a degree in music. I love to run and dance. Warm, cloudy, windy days make me feel alive.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has as long a history in this Church as a family can have. However, my parents did not take me to church after I was about 6. When I was 11, my grandmother passed away and I suddenly felt a keen sense that she was still somewhere. That she wasn't gone. Living with God became something urgent for me to understand. For some reason, this motivated me to write a journal, and this habit has had a profound impact on why I'm a Mormon. As I reflect in my journal, my experiences teach me more efficiently. As I write things out, things become clear. Now I'm in my 30's and I have volumes in my own hand testifying to God's hand in my life, and of His willingness to communicate with me and answer my prayers about whether or not this is all true. Another reason I'm a Mormon is because of the Book of Mormon. There were people in a lot of places on the earth when Jesus lived, but during his life, he never left Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon is God's dealings with a people who didn't live in Jerusalem, but that were living at the same time. Once Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem and showed himself to Mary and the apostles, he left. And for the rest of the Christian world, that's the last we've heard. But not for Mormons. The people living on the American Continents got a visit. And they wrote about it. It's the Book of Mormon. Just like Moses and Paul, there were people, families, living on the American continents having prayers answered, miracles performed, and ultimately a personal visit from the Savior. Not only is its content a testimony of Jesus, but its very existence in our day is tangable, consumable proof for any human being that Jesus is the Christ. That Heaven is real. That Joseph Smith, who was commanded by God to translate the Book of Mormon, was actually commanded by God to do it, and form this Church. It's proof! I'm a Mormon because the more Mormon I get, the more clearly I see, the more peace I feel, the more happiness I experience.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying morning and night, studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon everyday, trying not to think about myself all the time, and writing in my journal. I live my faith by striving to have a cheerful and loving attitude when caring for my young family. We pray together, read the scriptures together and once a week, we have a special night called Family Night where we talk about something spiritual, play, and eat a yummy treat. We spend time all together. I live my faith by helping to plan and carry out weekday activities for the grown women in the church that will strengthen them, help them strengthen their families, and also provide service for one another and for our community. Just last night we had a dinner to talk about being a light to others, and collected food for a local charity. I also visit and care for 3 of the women in our congregation, making sure she's supported and has someone to lean on. I also have 2 sisters that visit me to give me support. I also live my faith by repenting. My journal writing (as well as the obvious observance of my many shortcomings!) really helps me see when I'm not acting like God would want me to act. I feel more and more safe and free the more I repent, because I am ALWAYS received and loved by the Lord. I don't feel down and self-incriminating! I'm asking to learn, and the Lord is letting me actually really learn by experience. So, I live my faith by trying hard every day to be a nice lady! And not for any other reason than that being loving is good.