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Hi I'm Marci

I'm a red head! I love being crafty and creative. I love my family. I love being a mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am...from a large, fun and crazy family with wonderful, amazing parents. I am...from dancing, singing and performing. I am...from ball games and cheer-leading. I am...from 22+ years of marriage to my best friend, 2 wonderful daughters, an awesome son-in-law, and a perfect, 6 year old Labrador named Woodrow. I am...from helping with the PTO, Choir & Drama boosters, orchestra volunteers, and volunteering in the community. I am...from lots of church service including many years of planning regional girls camps and youth conferences for teens. I am...from Twizzler's, Haribo gummy bears, Extra gum, cherry Icee's, Sonic's cherry limeade, chocolate covered almonds, trail mix and dried fruit. I am...from all Mexican food- queso, salsa and chips & dulce de leche. I am...from being crafty, writing hand-written notes, making memories & sewing. I am... from creating, decorating, & organizing. I am...from using power tools, building things, and caulking. I am...from strong morals and values and passionate religious beliefs that have shaped who I am. I am...ME!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and so I was "born" into this religion. I was active in this religion throughout my childhood but it was really in my late teen years, through my own experiences, personal study and prayer, that I came to know for myself that this religion was true and it was the most complete and correct here on this earth-that was when I became truly converted. I am so grateful to be a part of the religion that has been restored to the earth and is patterned after Jesus Christ's exact church when he walked the earth. I am grateful that the priesthood, which is power to act in God's name, has been restored back to this earth. I am grateful that God will never again leave his children alone to fend for themselves, but that he has given us modern day prophets and apostles, just like he did in Biblical times, to lead and guide all the people of the world. I am grateful to be a part of a worldwide church that is exactly the same no matter where you go in the world--whether you are attending church in Texas, Thailand or England--the church meetings are exactly the same, the lessons taught are exactly the same and the feelings felt of love and peace are exactly the same. I am grateful for the emphasis this religion places on families. I am grateful that I am taught how to be a better person, wife, mother, friend, sister, aunt and citizen of the world. I am grateful to be a part of a religion that expects a lot of it's members--I have always been taught "where much is given, much is required"! There is a lot of work and volunteering involved in being an active member because no one gets "paid" to serve or "work" in the church. But, I have found the rewards of serving and giving of my time, talents and energy for the church far outweigh any work that I put forth. I am so grateful to know I am a Child of God and that I have a Father in Heaven who loved me enough to send his Son to die for me and for all of us.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a 24/7, 365 day a year religion. What I learn on Sunday is what I put into practice every day of the week. It is a religion that influences every decision I make, which affects everything I do and ultimately how I live my life. I live my faith by trying to be the best mother and wife I can be. I live my faith every day by reading God's words in his holy scriptures. I pray daily and always try to have a prayer in my heart. I am careful about media and do my best to make sure that the TV shows or movies I watch, articles I read, sites I surf on the internet, and music I listen to is positive, uplifting, and enriching. I dress modestly to cover and protect the body that God has blessed me with so that I can have God's spirit with me always. I try to keep my body healthy by not drinking, eating or partaking of any harmful or addictive substances (such as alcohol, drugs, coffee, tea, and any substance that could be habit forming) and I try to exercise and eat right. I volunteer in the community at a wonderful faith based ministry serving those who are homeless. I also have had many opportunities to volunteer in our church's women's organization by looking out for other women and those in need through visits, calls, writing letters or taking meals to them, and even presenting Sunday lessons. I also feed, and help as needed, the full time missionaries from our church that are in our area and have had many opportunities over 20+ years, to help plan and participate in regional girls camps and youth conferences for teenagers in our church. I live my faith by doing my best to follow the example of Jesus Christ and obey God's commandments and to be loving and kind to all those I come in contact with. I try hard to not be judgmental of others, but to look at them and see each individual the the way God sees them. I would have to say that how I live my life is the best way to show others how I live my faith.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Marci
I grew up in a home with a father who taught school back in the day when girls had to wear dresses and boys wore nice slacks and dress shirts. Because of his experiences in the classroom, he had a family rule that his daughters would wear dresses 3 days a week to school. (Yes, I am totally serious about this!) This family rule was in full force from kindergarten through my senior year of high school! His motto for this was "when you look like a lady, you act like a lady". At first it drove me crazy, but the more I did it the more I valued and embraced this family rule. What I came to know for myself is the way you dress has a direct correlation to the way you feel about yourself, behave, act, speak, and treat others AND the way you dress also influences the way others treat you and look at you. When you show respect for your body, which is a sacred creation in the image of God, by how you choose to cover it with clothing, other people will have respect for you and treat you accordingly. Parents are the prime examples in the home and have the most influence on their children. We know children watch everything we do! They are so smart and know if we are being hypocritical or not. Parents can start young and teach their children about modesty in actions and dress and how it is connected with keeping your body pure and saved for marriage. I have found that, most of the time, as long as you "walk the walk" with your children that they will look and follow your example. Show more Show less