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Hi I'm Mary

I have been a member since 8 but not converted until age 50. That mighty change of heart changed my life forever.

About Me

I grew up in the Watts area of Los Angeles, CA. My mother was a member of the church; my father was not. They 'sent' us to church, but neither attended with me and my siblings. I learned a lot - enough to believe what I was learning, but not enough for that knowledge to move into my heart. It was difficult growing up where we lived and even harder to develop that sure knowledge that later changed my live for the better. I married very young (before finishing school) into an abusive relationship and did not break away until my mid-twenties. When I did, the hunger for an education and the need to care for my 5 beloved children, motivated me to make a success of my live. It was not easy, and took a long time, but I eventually earned a doctorate and functioned in my profession for over 20 years. While doing so, I met and married another member of the church who was also a 'believer,' but not active in the church. Together, one little step after another, made choices toward re-activation.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially, I was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because that is what I was taught as a child, but I am a member now because I have a strong testimony of its truthfulness. I have tried living without the Gospel in my life. I understand what it is. to lack the understanding of what life really means - to not know that our Father in Heaven loves us so much that he created a plan for us. Growing up I thought the principles of the Gospel were just arbitrary rules to make us conform. The only good thing about getting old, is the acquisition of wisdom. To have the ability to look back and realize that all those 'arbitrary rules,' were not that at all. They were guidelines to a happy and fulfilling life. It would have been so much easier had I realized that many, many years ago. Perhaps my life could have been filled with the happiness and joy that I now feel.

How I live my faith

Each of the small step by step choices we made, led us to astounding blessings and strong testimonies of the principles of the Gospel. Now, instead of trying to acquire as many worldly possessions as possible, we center our lives on serving others. The joy that we have found, is something we want for everyone else. We are about to depart on our second Mission. The first was to Nigeria, and this one will be in the Philippines. We look forward to leaving soon, except for two little things. At age 71 I took up cycling and regret that I may have to abandoned that newly found love. The other is that while we will miss our grandchildren, we are devastated about leaving our darling little dog that is our constant companion. Our consolation, however, is the fact that we already know the blessings that abundantly flow from missionary service, not only to us, but to our families.