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Hi I'm Marilyn Weed Abney

I am the oldest of six children and grew up in the United States. I am a Mormon, a wife and a mother and a teacher.

About Me

I am the oldest of six children. We were raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because my father's work transferred him every two years of my life until high school, I was able to attend several schools and make good friends and meet many wonderful people. During this time I became involved with singing in trios, sextets, and choirs. After graduation, I attended college and graduated with a degree in teaching elementary school. Not long after that, I got married to a man in the United States Marine Corps. His assignments allowed us to travel to military bases and meet people whom we came to love and appreciate. Since then, we have raised five children and now have eleven grandchildren. I taught school for several years and led children's choruses for several communities. Upon retiring my husband and I served a mission to do humanitarian work in the country of Turkey. We served for two years and will soon serve another mission for our Church in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised in the Church was a plus for me, but over time one must come to know for a surety within themselves that the Church is true. I have read the Book of Mormon several times and have a strong conviction of its truth and the direction it gives us in our lives and in the world in which we live. I also know that it bears witness of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the organization of his Church on the earth in ancient days. I also have a testimony that Joseph Smith was the humble, young person who ASKED which of all the churches in his day was the TRUE church. I know the Lord wanted His Church established on the earth again and through Joseph Smith's heartfelt desire he answered him and allowed him to be the instrument through which revelation came to RESTORE the Church of Jesus Christ back to the earth. Nothing makes me more happy than to know we still have a living Prophet on this earth today who continues to receive revelation from the Lord and that the Prophet and his twelve apostles teach us how to better our lives, how we can live the principles of the Gospel in a world who has lost it's way and become more worthy of returning back to our Heavenly Father's presence. This life is a journey and a learning place that allows us to discern between the Lord’s way and the world’s way of living. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has opened the ability for me to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, truth and error. I am grateful for the Temples that have been established all over the world. They are not only beautiful, but allow us to receive further instructions, knowledge, and blessings from our Heavenly Father. The life I live as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feels good to my spirit and has been confirmed in my heart and mind through the Spirit of God as being the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I am so grateful for that blessing and direction in my life.

How I live my faith

Cert, the community emergency rescue team, has been my recent interest in helping my community. This training will allow me the opportunity to serve in my community by helping others in case of an emergency situation. I have also served in my ward as a visiting teacher, a teacher in the children's, youth, and adult women's classes. I have lead choirs and taught children music. I am also working in the L.D.S.Temple near our home. One of the activities I have enjoyed participating in has been planning Trek for the youth of our Stake. They will experience what it was like for the early pioneers who crossed the plains to the Salt Lake Valley by visiting the trails of Martin’s Cove, Wyoming. We will pull handcarts, camp outdoors, cook our own meals and dress in pioneer attire for about three days. It will be a humbling experience for all of us to experience a portion of what many of our ancestors experienced and then to think upon the sacrifice they made to enjoy religious freedom. Many people died or froze to death during this original trek to Utah on the plains of Wyoming. My great, great grandmother was one who survived as a young girl as she came by handcart to the Salt Lake Valley. Others in my family died or survived, but with frozen fingers and toes, many of which needed to be amputated. I love them for their testimonies, their steadfastness and immoveable spirits to cling to their testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have wanted to live my live with the same burning testimony of the true and restore Church of Jesus Christ.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Marilyn Weed Abney
Mormons believe in being self-reliant. We like to have our personal independence, be industrious, save wisely and find that this builds our self respect and makes us feel capable of enduring challenging circumstances. We, also, feel like during emergencies we are capable of serving and assisting those in need of help if we have prepared for such circumstances. I have seen preparedness work many times in my life. My husband lost his job for a year. We were able to sustain our family on the food we stored and money we had saved. I have seen ravished homes and neighborhoods after severe winter storms, floods or tornadoes and earthquakes. Those who are prepared shall not fear, but will be able to help those in need and take care of themselves until things return to normal. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Marilyn Weed Abney
Our Heavenly Father is the source of all truth. As His children He wants to listen to us, answer our questions and help us recognize truth. Because of His love and our sincere desire to know truth, He will answer our sincere prayers as we ask Him if what we are learning is true. The key to receiving this truth is to listen with your heart for the comforting feelings of inspiration that come through the Holy Ghost. It is always wise to prepare your heart, your life, and mind to be receptive to the inspirations and confirmations that will come through the Spirit of the Lord. When you have feelings of love, hope, comfort or peace you will know your prayers and questions are being answered and you will know these things are true. Show more Show less