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Hi I'm Marie

I live in the moment. I am an adventurer, sister, and friend. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love learning and teaching. As an older sister to my four siblings, I would come home from school or other lessons and teach my younger brothers and sisters all that I had been working on. Teaching is like opening doors and I get so much joy from watching faces light up, and eyes open to new understanding. I feel that learning brings beauty into the life experience. It reminds me that I can progress, I can achieve all that I have ever dreamed of and more! From my earliest memory I was jumping off of dressers, porches, and roofs trying to learn how to fly. I tried plastic bags, umbrella's, and my mother's coat as a parachute to catch the wind and sometimes, for a brief moment, I was sure I had figured out how to fly. In my endeavors I discovered the thrill of gymnastics and that a moment in the air can bring so much joy! This pure freedom of soaring is something I will always love. Even more than this physical exhiliration, I have found that being a Mormon is like being able to fly spiritually. I love being a Mormon. It is so freeing and joyful and light! I feel amazed when I consider that I am a daughter of the Most High God. I am on this earth but have the capability to become like my Heavenly Father. I may not be able to fly in a physical sense but knowing that I am a princess, a precious child of God, makes my spirit soar.

Why I am a Mormon

During the summer of my thirteenth year, I joined with a group of young women in my area to go on a week-long backpacking trip. Our destination was the High Uintas and, along with several adults who organized the event, we set out for an outdoor adventure. Unknown to me, this backpacking trip would become the beginning of my testimony that God does live and love me. On the fourth day of our trip it was raining lightly and the wind made the forest trees look like waves upon the ocean. My leader, a wonderful women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gathered us around the campfire and gave us a challenge that I shall always remember. Beginning with her knowledge that we are each children of God, she invited each young women to pray, asking our Heavenly Father the question, "Do you love me?" I had prayed many times in my life but never with the deep heartfelt desire that I did that day. I really wanted to know the answer. What I felt when I opened my eyes from that prayer was a profound peace and joy. The wind blew upon my face and the rain lightly fell into the lake before me. In my mind was the impression that I had always known that God loved me, I had just needed to ask to remember that it was true. To all who may read this, I would extend the same invitation. Pray to know the truth. God does love us, I have come to know this personally and with a surety. I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because I love the truth, I love Jesus Christ, and I want to be a part of his church here upon the earth. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and asked my Heavenly Father in prayer, "Is this book true?" I can tell you that it is. In the same way that I came to know that God does love me, so have I found for myself that the things contained in this beautiful book are true.

How I live my faith

I live every day with the challenge to live as Jesus did and to love as he loves. This phrase has been written in my heart as I have found the joy of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Most of the time my actions are simple. I read my scriptures every morning, I pray, I ask for opportunities to serve and to love. Throughout my day I get to do small things to show that I care for the people around me. The results have been amazing!

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

The miracle of birth has been something I have considered recently. Life itself is a beautiful manifestation that there is a God. Everything was created by Him. Even in simple things like the capacity of the body to heal itself and to grow I can see the power of God being manifest. All that is around us each day can be a testimony to us that there is a God and that he loves us. Show more Show less