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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a wife and mother, a ballet teacher and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love being a mom. I have eight children from 1 to 20 years old. They are my greatest joy and greatest challenge. I try to teach my children through word and example to be happy and to follow Jesus Christ. Each day We face little challenges - tantrums, teasing and fighting, but we also have fun times too- reading good books, playing games and learning together. We work too. Each child has a job to do to help around the house. They are also learning to play the piano. My kids don't always enjoy practicing, in fact, sometimes they call it torture! But, my dad taught me,"when you learn to do the things that need to be done, even when you don't want to, that's when you'll be successful." I'm trying to pass on some of that work ethic to my children. I have one son who is a missionary! I am very proud of him because of his choice to serve others and to preach of Christ. I am also dealing with a rebellious teenager. My heart breaks for him when he makes bad choices, but I won't give up on him and I'll continue to pray for and love him no matter what. I teach ballet. I love the beauty and discipline required for this art. I teach my dancers that their body is a gift from their Heavenly Father that they can use to create beauty to share with others. Balancing motherhood with teaching is always a challenge.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ. I want to live a life of service. I want help from the Holy Ghost to guide me on the path that will bring me the most true joy and happiness. I want to teach my children to follow the path that will bring them the most happiness. I want to live with my family forever. I get all of this along with peace in my heart as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith is not only for Sunday. I live my faith daily. I begin with prayer and scripture study. Then, we have family prayers and study the scriptures together too. Then, I start my daily service - or work. I am a stay-at-home mom which gives me lots of opportunities to serve my family as well as to teach my children to serve others. We live near grandparents and so get to enjoy them and find ways to help them as they need it. We live in a close knit community where neighbors help neighbors when needed. Of course we have children playing in our home most of the time -- this is a great service to have a safe, fun place for them to play. If a neighbor is sick, has a baby or death in their family, I've taken meals to their home. I try to do what Jesus would do to help others and I try to involve my children to teach them the joys of service too. Of course their are daily tasks that need to be done - laundry, house cleaning, shopping, bill paying, etc. but, even as I do these things, I am living my faith by doing these task cheerfully, honestly and by doing my best. Each Sunday, we get dressed in our Sunday best and go to church as a family. We are willing to speak in front of the congregation when we are asked to. I teach a class for young children. I teach about the scriptures, about faith, repentance and baptism - to name just a few. We get to share stories from the scriptures and from our own experience. Our children each go to classes for their age group. Then, after church we enjoy a Sunday dinner together where we talk about what we each learned that day. Finally at the end of each day, I kneel to pray to thank my Heavenly Father for the blessings He gives.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Mary
We believe in paying tithing - just like believers did in the Old Testament. I find it a great blessing to me and my family to pay tithing. I am grateful to be able to give back to Christ just one tenth of what he gives me. It's kind of funny that even as I try to give back, I am blessed even more. I have experienced miracles as I have paid tithing. There were times when my family was out of money and we thought we would not be able to pay our rent or buy our food, but then somehow, something came through so that we have always had the things we need. I believe that is a blessing of paying tithing. Missionaries pay for their own missions - if possible. From the time our children were young and worked to earn money, they began to save for their missions. They've had garden produce to sell, jobs around the house. We purchased a healthy fast food restaurant so that our children would have another opportunity to earn money and save toward their mission. Our oldest two saved over ten-thousand dollars to pay for their own mission. Our younger children are still working on saving for their missions. If a young man can not pay for his own mission, there are many others who often help. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins can support missionaries. Neighbors can help. There is a general missionary fund to help those who cannot pay their own way. Show more Show less