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Hi I'm Mary

I am an engineer. I am a convert. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Pittsburgh. I attended the University of Pittsburgh where I received my Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering. I have worked for several consulting engineering companies in the Pittsburgh area. Last year I traveled to Ireland to see where some of my ancestors came from. It is a beautiful country. But I am grateful to those courageous pioneers in my family who left their homeland to come to the United States of America, where we enjoy so many freedoms. Especially the freedom of religion, so that the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ could take place. When I am not working I enjoy a variety of activities. Two activities that are tied into the church are genealogy/family history and participating in the ward choir. Recently I participated in the indexing of the 1940 United States census through Family Search. It was a wonderful experience to be able to be a small part of such a tremendous project. Because of the efforts of so many people on the project it will make researching family history so much easier for generations to come. I am a member of a monthly book group and enjoy meeting together with friends to discuss the books we read. The small suburban community where I live has a community theatre group that I am active in. Generally you will find me backstage for the annual production, although I was on stage for one play. For fun and exercise I like to participate in recreational sports such as golf or volleyball.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in Pittsburgh there was not much opportunity to learn about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was introduced to the Church by my neighbor. She told me that the Church would bring joy to my life. As an engineer, I was skeptical of how religion could do that. So I decided I would do research and learn more about the LDS faith. At first, I think it was intellectual curiosity and having a desire to know more about my friends’ church. I read the scriptures, attended church services on Sunday, took the missionary discussions and went to other church activities to learn as much as I could. But being the skeptic, I also read what others opinions were about the Church. After studying and praying about joining the Church, I was still reluctant, because change is not an easy thing for me. I continued to pray and read about it. One night, while reading a Church publication the power of the Holy Ghost witnessed to me that the Church is true and that I needed to be baptized. That was over 11 years ago and I am so grateful to be a member of the LDS Church. It has brought great joy and is such a blessing in my life. It is wonderful to have received the gift of the Holy Ghost to comfort and guide me in my life. Being a member of the Church is not just going to worship service on Sunday, it is a way of life 24/7 and it is a great way to live. Sometimes I think back and laugh at myself, “how I never was going to join the Mormon Church”, but now I cannot imagine how my life would be without the Church. How can you go wrong with following the teachings and example of our Savior Jesus Christ?

How I live my faith

I try to be a good example to others, because I have seen so many wonderful examples around me as a member of the Church. Quotes are a favorite of mine. They are usual short, easy to remember and make you think. One favorite quote of mine is: “Integrity is what you do when no one is looking” (author unknown). Which is true, but that is only part of it. Integrity is also what you do when others are watching. Everyone wants to fit in and not be rejected from the group. It is not only teenagers that can experience “peer pressure”. Everyone, at any age can experience a sense of it. It can happen at a gathering of friends, where there are friends of friends. It can happen in the work place. Making the right choices, saying things that people do not want to hear are not always popular. But you need to make good choices all the time, because it is the right thing to do. People that know me say I am a fairly predictable person. I am OK with that, because that means I am consistent in what I do and how I live. One of “The Articles of Faith” published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is: “We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” It can be challenging to live up to this standard, but it is what Jesus Christ our Savior wants us to do. I may be slow sometimes and imperfect at making the right choices, but it is a worthy goal to strive for.