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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a Mormon, I live in Utah, and I joined the LDS church when I was 21 years old.

About Me

I am a mother of 4 grown children, and we have 5 grandchildren. I love to play tennis several times a week, I make quilts, and I love to read. We love sailing, traveling, and my husband built an airplane. I try to spend lots of time with our grandchildren as my grandparents never lived closed enough to me to have much of an impact on my life growing up. I think grandparents can have a very positive influence on their grandchildren. Some of our children are active in the LDS church, and others are not, but we all love being together.

Why I am a Mormon

My family did not attend church as I grew up, but I was always interested and went to many churches. I was finally baptized a member of the Baptist Church. I had a loving spiritual family there. However, I was unable to accept some doctrines . I couldn't understand the concept of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit all being one entity. Why would Jesus pray to himself? Why would God the Father say, "This is my Son in whom I am well pleased", if they were the same person? Although my parents did not attend church they believed in God and Jesus Christ and lived exemplary Christian lives, serving others and teaching me to be an honest, kind individual. They believed in the Bible, yet my pastor told me they would go to Hell for all eternity because they had not "professed Jesus" at church. None of this made any sense to me. I moved from California to Utah because of a job opportunity and once I listened to the LDS missionaries it all started to make sense to me. The idea of Joseph Smith and the gold plates was hard for me at first. However, once I started reading the Book or Mormon after praying about it I knew in my heart it was true and I have never regretted my decision to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am more liberal in my politics and social ideas than many Mormons, and have had to learn to grow a thick skin so I don't take offense when church members make political statements that offend me or get off track from lessons and make personal statements that likewise offend me. I have learned to separate the Gospel of Jesus Christ from some of the members and realize that we are all on the same path, striving to become more like God, and we all need to have patience and love toward one another.

How I live my faith

I have the little girls, ages 8-12, meet with me twice each month to teach them about the gospel and do activities together. These meetings are separate from our usual Sunday meetings. I have taught Gospel Doctrine class to the adults several times, taught Sunday School to teenagers, and served on or been in charge of the womens' "Homemaking Committee". I believe one of the most important things the Savior has admonished us to do is to serve others and I find great joy in helping others. We all have struggles in our lives here on earth, and I believe we are meant to ease one another's burdens and share joy together. Friendships are very, very important to me. When my husband and I go sailing in different places around the world we try to share the Gospel of Christ with those we meet. We named our boat Liahona and it is written on the back of the boat. The Liahona was a sort of compass used over 2,000 years ago by some of God's people in Jerusalem who were told by God to leave the wickedness there and sail to the Americas. The Liahona gave them direction only when they were being faithful. Many people ask about the name of our boat so it gives us the opportunity to share the Book of Mormon with them. I believe having and raising children is a sacred responsibility which I take seriously. We are not perfect parents, but in addition to trying to teach our children the principles of the Gospel, we have tried to let them know that we love them unconditionally and our home is always a place of safety for them, both physically and emotionally.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Mary
We believe Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. He is the Son of God and He atoned for our sins and through faith in Him and repentance our sins can be forgiven, allowing us to one day return to our Father in Heaven. We believe that if we truly accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and are baptized, then we will seek to follow His example daily in our lives by serving others, studying the scriptures, attending church, and living in a way that will lead others to Christ. We believe it is more than simply giving lip service and saying that we are saved. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Mary
They will help you understand basic principles, such as: who am I, where did I come from, why am I here, where am I going? Can our family be together for all eternity and can my marriage last longer than "till death do us part"? Am I a child of God and how can I return to live with Him someday? Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mary
Mormon women are strong, devoted, hard-working and loving. Yes, we believe in equality for men and women. We believe we have equal roles but not the same roles necessarily. We believe God values us equally and women are treated with great respect and admiration within our church. When we have decisions to make at home both husband and wife share their ideas and feelings and then a joint decision is made. Women serve in important positions at both the local and church-wide level. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Mary
It is rewarding and challenging. Our faith is much more than just attending church on Sundays; it is our whole life. Sometimes we are scrutinized by others because of our religious beliefs and often misunderstood. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mary
Absolutely not. Christ taught us to help everyone and to not be judgemental. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Mary
We have many missionaries preaching the gospel throughout the world. Those missionaries are young men and women, and senior missionaries as well. I think people are impressed when they find out that these missionaries are paying for their own missions. Before I joined the LDS church I wanted to serve a mission, but you had to have some "skill" to offer; being a nurse or teacher etc. and there didn't seem to be any straightforward way provided for someone to serve just because they loved the Lord and wanted to spread His gospel. Although I married soon after joining the LDS church, and wasn't able to serve a mission as a single woman, I look forward to being able to serve as a senior missionary with my husband some day. Our missionaries not only share the gospel, but they serve those people in their mission in practical ways also. Our missionaries are filled with the Holy Spirit and have a powerful love for those people they meet in their mission. With me, personally, they were able to answer questions I had about the nature of the Trinity, eternal families, what the Book of Mormon was, and much more. It was also very helpful that I had friends and colleagues at work who were part of teaching me the gospel. Show more Show less