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Hi I'm Maeri-Jo

I was born and raised in Australia, I lived in England for 8 years and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am the youngest of six children, and an auntie to 10. My family is very important to me. Dance and Music are main interests of mine. I've always danced - when I was little I studied Irish Dancing, Line Dancing, Calisthenics and Ballet, I have been taking an Adult Beginner Ballet Class for the last 2 years (both in England and Australia), through the belief that any good dancer takes Ballet first because Ballet is found in each genre of dance. My next goal is to go En Pointe. I moved to England in 2006 because I wanted to know what it was like to be able to say that I chose to live there because I am British as well as Australian and liked it so much that I decided to stay there for 8 years. I returned to Australia in 2014.. I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Flinders University. I know some sign language (Auslan and British Sign Language mainly, but I know a tiny amount of American Sign Language also), I'm slowly picking up more signs and know that when I'm fluent, I can use this in job applications to set me apart from other applicants. I will give anything at least one try, I've been absailing and skydiving.

Why I am a Mormon

For almost as long as I can remember, I have been associated with the church. One of my elder sisters joined when I was about 8 (there is a big age gap) and when I turned 13, I lived with her for almost a year for school and I often went to church with her. I was allowed to attend provided I had attended the local Catholic service first (I was raised a Catholic). I wanted to join the church then but my mother said that if I wanted to join, I had to wait until after I had finished school and turned 18. I was baptised just a few weeks before my 20th birthday. Many people when they find out that I am a convert ask me how my life has changed since I joined the church. All I can say is that, my life itself is not much different from how it used to be. I am a normal person with a normal life, I work hard, study hard and spend an enormous amount of time with my family, This is how I have always lived. Going to church is not a big deal for me, because of how my mother raised me, we went to church every week. If we were on holiday, we found a local congregation to attend. The only time we didn't go to church was if we were ill and even then we had to be either contagious or very ill to not go to church. I joined the church because of the things my mum taught me, like how families could be together for ever. The only real differences in my life are found in the word of wisdom, and they were not big sacrifices for me, I'd seen people who were very ill after drinking for a long time in their lives and I had no intention of ending up like them. I already had a testimony of many of the principles of the Gospel due to my upbringing, like for example: that God made me and I was his child, and therefore Jesus Christ was my brother and that he loved me so much that he chose to die for me. Getting baptised was just the next logical step. In the few years since I have been baptised, I can honestly say I've learned so much and just want to learn more. :)

How I live my faith

I live my faith with the idea that every member can and should be a missionary. I have never served a mission even though it has been something that I would like to do one day. I visit with some of the other young adults in my congregation and organise lessons and activities for them.

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