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Hi I'm Martsy

I grew up in Utah. I have 16 kids (6 born to me, 10 born to my husband) and 36 grandchildren. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom, grandmother, wife, daughter and friend. I had 6 sons and then married a man that has 5 daughters and 5 sons. We have lots of grandkids with more on the way. I love to crochet, go to the beach, boating on the lake, playing games with friends, finding out more about my ancestors, and reading a good book. We make lots and lots of birthday cards, go to lots of soccer, baseball, football, basketball games of our grandchildren, and love our life. All of our kids are out of our home now and we have lots more time now than we used to have.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a long line of Mormons. I have gone to church all of my life. I was raised in Utah so most of my friends were all Mormons too. So you might believe that I am a Mormon because that is all I know how to be. But that is not true. When I was in junior high school a seminary teacher challenged us to read the Book of Mormon and then ask God if it is true. He promised us that we would get our own answer. That is one thing that I love about the church. We are encouraged to know in our own hearts and have our own testimonies. I had never read the Book of Mormon from start to finish by myself at that point in my life and I was not sure I really could. It is a long book and written in a different way than we speak. I can say that there were many places in it that I didn't understand but I had made the commitment to read it - so I did! I then prayed for my answer and really didn't get it. I wondered what that meant. I finally realized that I really didn't pray seriously and with faith that I would receive an answer. I prayed harder and was blessed with a warm definite knowledge that what I had read was true. That has been confirmed so many times in my life. I realized that I love being a Mormon because IT WORKS! The life style is hard work sometimes but I realize that not follow the gospel plan is harder work. We are taught to avoid harmful substances, addictions, immoral behavior, etc. I am so glad for the pitfalls that I have side stepped by being guided.

How I live my faith

One of the things that I love about being a Mormon is the opportunities for service. I am called to be a teacher in the women's organization of the church right now. I give a lesson once a month which I love and hate. It is a challenge to plan and give a lesson to the wonderful ladies in my ward. They are so accomplished and wonderful. But I love the opportunity to study and learn the subject so much better than I would if I were just reading it. It blesses my life. I have been able to be a part of the presidency of the women's organization too and it was hard work but amazing to work so closely with the other women in the presidency and to serve the other ladies in our ward with the many joys and challenges that they experience. I have worked teaching and leading in the children's and young women's organizations. What a joy to see the light of the teachings in the eyes of young people. They are truly a special generation. My husband and I visit together with three families in our ward. We visit two single divorced ladies and one widower. All of them are strong people dealing the best they can with their unique challenges. I think that we were given those families because I have been through a divorce and my husband is a widower. We understand better what they are going through than others that have not experienced those things. I have a lady companion that I visit 3 others ladies with each month. I love going into their homes and becoming their friends. Then when they have a challenge, we are in a position to help and support. My faith blesses my life daily. I have learned about my Heavenly Father and pray to Him many times a day. I feel His support and comfort in so many ways and I feel love from Him. I love learning more about Him and His son Jesus Christ in church and other meetings. It helps me to try to be more like them. I try to be kind to others and to share the love I have for life with them. I am blessed to be a Mormon!