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Hi I'm Marla

I'm the mother of 7 sons, grandma of 2 (boys, of course!) I'm a physician assistant. I'm a guitarist and vocalist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Ohio in a great family. We attended a Methodist church when I was young, and my grandfather was a Jewish Ellis-Island immigrant. So we had matzo ball soup on Christmas and Easter! I make a mean matzo ball soup. I grew up in the turbulent, confusing 60s and 70s and married right out of high school. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was twenty. I was introduced to the church a few years earlier, but I didn't have the desire to truly change my life until I had my first child. I loved him so much instantly, and I wanted to give him the best example possible. Like many boomers, my marriage ended, and I spent several years as a single parent. But my story has a wonderful ending. My present husband and I have been married for 25 years. We have lived many places, moving with the Air Force, and when my husband retired we were living in northern California, where I practiced medicine as a physician assistant. But my parents, who had retired to South Carolina, were aging, and we wanted to be near them to help care for them. That's how we ended up here in the sun belt!

Why I am a Mormon

When I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know whether or not it was true, I got an answer. I knew it was true, and I knew my answer had come from God. It's as simple as that.

How I live my faith

I try to do whatever I am asked to do. I study the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. I pray daily and try to listen for the Lord's answers. They come in many ways, but always clearly. He knows I will have to try to obey His promptings due to the "honor code" instilled in me by my parents. I teach and lead in the church, I teach and lead at home, and I try to love all those around me. I love that the gospel teaches us to cherish all of God's children, just as he does. I try to understand and forgive others. I try to help others and make them feel they are loved and valuable. I express my thanks to my Heavenly Father often and appreciate the blessings and even challenges that He gives me. I know I am just one small grain of sand in this world, but the gospel gives me the assurance that what I do matters. I am everything to Him.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

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