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Hi I'm Mary

I am a life long "Okie" & married my high school sweetheart, have 5 children & 10 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

We have always lived on an acreage raising all kinds of peafowl, pheasants, emus, rheas, wallaby, chinese water deer, reindeer, alligator & many other kinds of animals. I have come home to finding precious peafowl eggs in my undies drawer 'to protect them until my husband could incubate them," to raising potbelly pigs in our playroom & baby wallaby in a playpen in our den. This lifestyle provided our 5 children with lots of chores as well as interesting "show & tells" during their school years. I have been a nurse for 38 years working either part time or not at all during my children's childhood. Having this education provided me with much needed security. My grandchildren call me Tutu which means "grandmother" in Hawaiian. They are my biggest joy in live. I have the privilege of living with a block to a couple of miles from 6 of them with the other 4 living only 10 hours away by car. They love to come to our home to fish with Popo (my husband) in our pond outside our back door.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because it answered the questions 1) Where did I come from? 2) Why am I here? and 3) Where am I going? In my early years, I had many questions about how we came to earth, why we all had such different personalities, why Jesus prayed to himself in Gethsemane & on the cross & why the scriptures said we were created in God's image but was taught that God is everywhere with no body. Boy, was I confused by all that but was told I would just have to accept it all on faith. That all changed when the missionaries taught me & were able to answer all my questions with the scriptures. During those lessons, I came to feel & recognize the Spirit like never before as it testified of truth to me. I learned that Heavenly Father & our Savior are two separate beings with a body of flesh & bone & that the Holy Ghost is actually a Spirit. I had always wanted a career as a RN with hopes of obtaining a PhD to be able to be a hospital administrator - to be someone really important. The gospel of Jesus Christ changed all that as I learned the importance of families & started having children of my own. I have become somebody important - to my husband, to my children & grandchildren!! My life has a purpose now with direction daily from my Heavenly Father. I have discovered that happiness in family life is achieved when founded upon the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. How grateful I am to have the gospel in my life & to call myself a Mormon!!

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a Sunday only commitment - it is my life. I have had the opportunity to work with young children, teen-agers & adult women in our church & serve with them in our community helping with collecting & distributing food at the local food bank, organizing pine wood derbies & cub day camps, re-enacting the early pioneer trek across the US for 3 days with four different groups of teens, etc. I especially enjoy getting to know the women in the church by visiting them each month & serving them when needs arise. Not only have I had the opportunity to serve others, I have been served many times over the years with child care, meals, housecleaning & transportation for me & my children. We are fortunate to have a temple in Oklahoma City where I work a couple of days each month. Worship in the Lord's house brings peace in a world of turmoil.