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Hi I'm Marie

I grew up in Yorkshire, England. I am a daughter, sister & proud auntie. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy working on craft projects - quilting, scrapbooking etc (but have yet to finish my first quilt - I tend to dip in and out of it!). It's great to see everything come together and form something new; crafts are my creative outlet. I love reading (& re-reading certain books), I love listening to music of all varieties - which probably explains why I'll always go see a musical at the theatre given the chance. And I'm a big movie fan - girls night in with my Mum and sisters watching a film and eating ice cream is always a winner! My family mean the world to me and I'm blessed to get on so well with my parents, my two sisters and their husbands. I would do anything for them and know that they would do the same for me. I have two nephews, a niece and another on the way (yet to be determined if it's a boy or girl) and I absolutely love being an Auntie. It's such a special blessing to be a part of their lives and watch them grow up - they're all wonderful! I have a degree in Psychology but am currently working as a Legal Archivist - not quite what I had in mind after graduating Uni but I enjoy it for the most part for now. And it funds travel/holidays which I enjoy - it's great to be able to explore the world and take in the beauty and culture that surround us.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both Mormon so I have been raised in the church and was baptised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was eight. I have developed my testimony over time. I have always believed that the teachings of the church are true (it just feels right), but as I progressed into my teens and went through the Youth programme I wanted to seek out that knowledge for myself. As I read the Book of Mormon in its entirety and prayed to know if it was true, I received confirmation from the Holy Ghost - that warm feeling in my heart that's hard to describe but I recognise it as truth. Working on my Personal Progress goals in Young Womens really helped me draw closer to Christ and learn the importance of living the gospel. I have that same feeling from the Holy Ghost when I learn about the prophet Joseph Smith and when I listen to our living prophets and apostles at General Conference. I know that the things they teach are inspired of God and are for our benefit. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know me personally, as do they know each of us individually. I have seen the blessings in my life that confirm this - that even the trivial things that I go to Him in prayer about I receive answers and blessings that let me know that they care about me and know what is best for me. I know that we are never given anything beyond our capacity to perform or overcome, even if we at first feel that something is impossible - the Lord always provides a way. I love the gospel, the peace and joy that it brings into my life, the opportunities to serve others and the direction that it gives me.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good example of a follower of Jesus Christ, so if friends or colleagues ever ask about church I'm always happy to share what I know with them. And when they ask how my weekend was I'll always tell them I was at church on Sunday and share if I was teaching or not. In my local ward I currently serve in the Young Womens programme as a leader. So I work with the girls aged 12-18 but with a focus more specifically with the 12 & 13 year olds at the moment. They're such great examples to me and I really enjoy teaching them on a Sunday, listening to them discuss the gospel and how they live it in their daily lives. It's a pleasure to get to know them and to join in/oversee activities that they help plan each Tuesday night. I'm also a Visiting Teacher, which means that each month I go with another lady to visit a few of the ladies from our Ward, chat with them, get to know them and help out with any needs that they may have. It's wonderful to get to know them all better - again, they are all great examples to me! In the past I've also taught in Primary with children ages 5-8; their eagerness and enthusiasm to join in lessons, answer questions and learn the gospel always serves as a reminder to me that we need to be more like children in these respects. At home, I live my faith by singing Primary songs to my nephew, reading the scriptures and praying, trying to be kind and courteous to people I meet and just generally trying to keep the Lord's commandments.