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Hi I'm Mary Ellen

I am a native Texan, like generations of Texans before me. I have lived/loved in Texas all of my life. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have always enjoyed being a mom and I got to be a mom of 5 boys and 1 girl. I thoroughly enjoy being involved in community, church and anything that pertains to my children. Through the years I enjoyed working local elections, being involved in PTA/O, and meeting neighbors and becoming friends with them. Reading is a past-time that relaxes me. I enjoyed my children so much that I chose to work in education and was able to recently retire. I can return to crocheting, reading, family history and volunteer work once again. That is, after I get my fill of grandchildren. I am working on building a square-foot garden with vegetables, seasonings and flowers in a new climate and trying to make it attractive. This should be interesting. I enjoy the great outdoors and try to travel to see all of God's great creations. I love my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I love my parents dearly even though they are deceased. I owe all the good in my life to them. One of the best gifts my parents gave me was helping me find out for myself that I am a child of God. Because I have this knowledge; I know He has a plan for me to return to live with Him again. My parents may have put me on this path, but through much prayer, fasting and personal scripture study; I know that God and Jesus Christ love me and want only what is best for me. This is comforting in times of trial. My sweetheart/ husband/best friend died several years ago; leaving me to rear 4 children alone. I thought being married was challenging, but this once again proved that I was wrong. Even with this challenge, I was at peace because I felt my Savior's atoning sacrifice and love for me buoying me up each step of the way. More than ever before in my life, I knew God's plan of happiness is the gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those times in my life that I have felt discouragement, I would read in the Book of Mormon and each time the Holy Ghost would come into my heart and remind me that I am not alone. Jesus sends the Spirit of Comfort to guide and comfort me. I love the Lord and I am grateful to Him for blessing me with a wonderful family, friends and a personal knowledge that He lives and lives me. He knows me better than I know myself because I thought I was content and doing alright. Then He shook my world once again and sent a wonderful man into my life to share the rest of my earthly existence with. Once again, I knew that the Lord was mindful of me and my needs better than I was. I am forever grateful to Him for tender mercies in my life and the lives of my children and my husband's children that remind us daily of His love for all his children on this earth. I will continue praying to Him and doing all in my power to follow his example of love and service to all.

How I live my faith

I currently have the opportunity to work with the children in my church by teaching them how to sing from their heart. I believe they have taught me more than I have taught them. They are so innocent and Christlike even when they are wiggly. Oh to be young again! When I challenge them to sing with conviction they consistently exceed my expectations. I remember when I had the opportunity to work in my church women's auxillary. I thought I knew it all and had plenty of friends in church and in my community that this was sufficient. Well, I was wrong! As I became involved with the ladies in my church I discovered a great sisterhood. How could this be, I wondered? As I pondered, I realized that I became involved in their lives and they in mine. I laughed, cried, cleaned and participated in service projects with them and without even noticing; we grew in great sisterly love together. I now have great friends in many places because as circumstances change, we stay close so we can continue sharing our lives with each other. The greatest activity that helped me bond was learning and studying about Jesus Christ with my sisters in the gospel. We could share and feel a love from our Savior so powerful and peaceful that we often didn't want to stop. I also had spiritually bonding experiences working with the young women. They are so full of positive inconquerability (unsure if this is a word). As I was able to participate in girls camp, special programs, helping them set and achieve personal goals; I was greatly blessed. I think I was the one learning more than I taught. Once again, I gained friendships with these young women that have lasted throughout my life. Not long ago, I reconnected with one of these young women who is now a wife and mother. She shared a thought/lesson that I had taught and she felt the Holy Ghost testify to her that what I was saying was true. She said this had helped her through many difficult times in her life. I cried!