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Hi I'm Margie Kersey

I am a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I am a music educator, piano teacher, choir director and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am known as a Music Educator and have taught music since 1965. I founded the Tucson Girls Chorus and we traveled all over the world singing for 20 years before my retirement from that organization. I still have a piano studio, coach singers and direct 4 other choirs in Tucson. My best achievement is that I raised 5 wonderful daughters and currently have 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. I like to spend my spare time (what little I have!) gardening and reading. I am a movie buff having been raised in Burbank, California around the movie business. Geneology also takes up much of my time. I enjoy finding out about those who came before me and do what I can to share that knowledge with others. Although I am past retirement age I can't imagine doing nothing with my time and hope to stay active for many more years. I recently walked a half-marathon with 4 of my grown daughters and one of my granddaughters. Life is too short to waste this precious time!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Christian Scientist and went to church regularly while growing up. I did learn a bit about my own spirituality during those early years but the basic tenents of the church did not ring true to me and I stopped going after middle school. I tried attending the Catholic and Methodist churches with friends but they didn't feel right to me either. During high school I met a boy who belonged to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and we began dating. As I attended church with him I felt at peace - like I'd come home from a long trip. I took the missionary lessons but doing so was not well-received by my mother and I needed her permission to be baptized since I was a minor. Three months before my 18th birthday my mother asked me why I wanted to join the church and I told her that for the first time in my life I understood that I had a Heavenly Father who loved me, would never leave me and would guide me throughout my life. She relented and I was baptized soon after. I have now been a member of the church for 49 years and it has completely changed my life as I've prayed and changed little by little. The Church of Jesus Christ is a vehicle to bring us to Jesus Christ and partake of his Atonement. It provides all of the necesssary ordinances we need, under the authority of the Holy Priesthood, to allow us to achieve our potential as sons and daughters of God. I have been given opportunites to teach, and learn and grow that have made all the difference in my life. If anyone reading this is wondering whether to learn about the church from the LDS missionaries I am telling you that you owe it to yourself to find out if it is true. There are living Prophets on the earth today teaching the same principles as the Ancient Prophets and with the proper authority to do so. What do you have to lose?

How I live my faith

Each day as I pray I ask Heavenly Father to help me be kind to others, see opportunities to give service and guide my steps. The opportunity to give service is the best way for me to become more like the Savior. In the church I've had many "callings" - ways to serve. Currently I teach Gospel Doctrine class on Sundays. I have the opportunity to use my music skills at church and help out whenever asked. Our church is a "lay" church - meaning no one is paid to work in the church. Instead, we are given callings that can last from a few months to several years. Over the years I have worked in every organization in the church from Primary (young children) to Young Women's (teens), Relief Society (Women's organization), Music, Sunday School, etc. What a wonderful education I've received in leadership and how to follow! My greatest hope is that those with whom I work in my musical world outside the church can see and feel the Savior's love in whatever small thing I do and say. I want each person to know of the love of the Savior and that the difficulties of this life are but a small moment - that we can help each other and need to work together to lift each other up. My faith is the most important thing I have.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Margie Kersey
In the temple we learn about eternal truths and receive sacred ordinances. We need to be prepared spiritually for service in the temple and, so, only baptized members who are qualified can enter the temple. Non-members of the church are invited in to see the temple before it is dedicated to the Lord. And, if you are frustrated that non-members cannot enter after it is dedicated, just rememer that not all members of the church are able to go in either. It all depends on our spiritual preparation and worthiness. Show more Show less