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Hi I'm Marianne

I love to read, write music and enjoy vacations on the beach. I'm a mormon.

About Me

My husband works as an attorney and I have the opportunity to work from home in market research. We've been married for almost 5 years and have lived in 5 states during that time. Although being away from both our families was a struggle at first, we have slowly learned to cope with the changes of moving by making friends quickly and it has brought us closer together. Skype is awesome! Along with more and more couples, children haven't come very easily... well at all really. Although, it can be frustrating at times, I'm sure our family will grow somehow when the time is right and we will be guided to do whatever works for us. We have three dogs who have us wrapped around their little paws and a new home to supply us with many weekend projects (...memorizing the floor plan at Home Depot already and starting to use Pinterest). I enjoy writing music and my husband is a loyal Seahawks fan.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon home, but when I was 18, I moved out of my parents' household. Many of my choices at that time were not the best... you know... sewing wild oats. By the time I was about 20, I felt lost, confused and completely EMPTY. After coming home from the mall where I had been to see a fortune teller to give me guidance on what I should do with my life, I realized I was not going in the right direction and needed to make a change. Throughout the previous two years I had gone to other churches with guys I had dated, but not as a true investigator. However, I decided, that if the mormon teachings were true, I needed to find out. If not, I would look for something else. Since the Book of Mormon and the priesthood were unique aspects of the mormon religion, I decided to start there. While my roommates were out of town on holiday, I chose to stay home and read the entire Book of Mormon over the weekend. Well... I think I only got to Mosiah. BUT, as I read, I noticed I could organize my thoughts better, I could see more clearly what I should do for myself and I felt a glimmer of happiness I had not felt in a long time. I decided to begin attending my local church meetings.... and the rest is history. I have since had too many confirming and miraculous experiences to name and many too sacred to share. Through these experiences I know God lives, he loves us, he knows us individually and hears and answers our prayers. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and the priesthood is real. I know the prophets and apostles are called of God and they continue to receive revelation for us just as ancient prophets. I know we can each receive light and knowledge for ourselves and our families through personal revelation. I appreciate this often quoted phrase (paraphrase): "We talk to God through prayer, through the scriptures, he talks to us"

How I live my faith

Over the last few years, I've worked with the youth in our church, specifically the young women (12-17 years old). It has been so rewarding to watch them mature spiritually and emotionally ...and so perfect for me during a time while we've been struggling to have a family of our own. It's nice to have others who need your love and encouragment. In many ways, I think of them as my own, praying and worrying about them as they make so many important life decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. I am constantly amazed by their strength, goodness, courage and humility. This month I was released from my calling with the youth, but I have always been blessed with opportunities for growth and happiness from every other calling I've had; I'm sure the next will be an important stepping stone to personal growth in life's journey.