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Hi I'm Maria

I grew up in Michigan (U.S.) and Brazil. I'm a mom, a wife, a teacher, and a friend. I love my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the third out of seven children (one brother and five sisters). I have lived in Michigan, Brazil, Utah, Hawaii, Japan, and California. I have traveled to many states in the U.S., Mexico, and many countries in South America, and Europe. I grew up acting in plays and memorizing Shakespeare. I am an amateur writer of children's stories and photographer, and a seasoned friend. My husband and I met during our freshman year at Brigham Young University. He then served a mission in Japan, and I served one in Hawaii. After our time apart, we were married. I taught special education at an elementary school for two years, and now I stay at home with our two beautiful daughters (ages 2 and 4).

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, but I still have to choose every day whether or not I will continue on this path. Every day, I choose this path because it has brought great joy into my life. When I am doing what is right, and when I am studying and living the teachings of this church, I feel peace, I feel warmth inside, and I know that what I am doing is right. This world is so confusing, and every time I even begin to step off the path, the peace and warmth goes away. I am a Mormon because I know that the teachings of this church are true, and not only the teachings, but that it is the one complete, fully restored church of Jesus Christ. There is a prophet on the earth today. The church that Christ originally established almost 2,000 years ago with prophets and apostles was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, who was an instrument in God's hand to bring back His Priesthood and His church, which had become confused after centuries and centuries of confusion and apostasy. The bible is the word of God, and the Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ, written (by an ancient people who lived in America) to help clarify and support the truths taught in the bible, and reveal new truths. I know that this church,with all of its beautiful teachings and blessings is true, and if you read the Book of Mormon, and pray to find the truth, you can know it too.

How I live my faith

During my years as a Mormon, I have taught children, youth, and adults about Jesus Christ and His plan for us. I have gone into homes as a missionary to bring a message of hope and peace. I have organized many activities for the women of the church. I frequently visit other women and families who need support, help, or friendship. I have taken countless meals and many loaves of homemade bread to women who have recently had babies, who are sick, or who have have had personal or family tragedies occur. I enjoy serving and feel a great sense of worth and peace as I do something for someone else, and I have made many life-long friendships through serving others. My faith is such a part of me, that I don't know who I would be without it, and all of the major decisions in my life are guided by my faith. I know that my most important responsibility on this earth is to my family, and I spend many hours praying for, teaching, and showing love to my two young daughters and building my relationship with my husband. I try to live my faith every moment by being a good person, living high moral standards, praying often, studying the words of God found in the scriptures, and strengthening my family and those around me.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that the family is the most important unit of society. When children are raised by a mother and father who love each other and who love, teach, and serve their children, those children are given a great gift. We believe that the best place to teach is in the home, and therefore so much of what we do focuses on helping families become stronger so that children can learn principles of self reliance, hard work, love, compassion, service, forgiveness, patience, and faith. No one has a perfect family, and while you cannot control the choices of your family members, you can do your part to strengthen each other, and to love and forgive, even when someone has hurt you. We believe that families can be together forever, and live in the presence of God, and that this is the greatest goal in this world and out to strive for. We believe that these things are made possible through Jesus Christ. Show more Show less