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Hi I'm Mary Lou Ellsworth

I'm a retired teacher and am a Democratic Party committee person. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I taught Family and Consumer Sciences for 17 years, Lamaze Method of Childbirth for 7 years, Montessori for 3 years. I was a dedicated homemaker for the eighteen years it took until my youngest could go to school with me at Montessori. I have six married children and twenty-three grandchildren all of whom live more than 7 hours drive away. I returned to school to earn a Masters of Education degree when I was 43 years old and after receiving my M. Ed. went on to earn 60 additional credits. I have traveled to more than 30 countries, and to 49 of the United States. I currently volunteer on a daily basis at the school where I previously taught, helping the Reading Support teacher, and I volunteer weekly at our local library shelving books. I served a proselyting mission for two years in Chile when I was a young adult, and my husband and I have served three missions since we retired. We served two years in the South Pacific islands of Tonga as adjunct faculty for Brigham Young University - Hawaii, teaching the teachers who taught in the church schools there. We served 18 months in Chile processing student loans for college or technical training. We served 18 months in Washington,DC. teaching religion classes on various campuses there and managing a dormitory for interns from Brigham Young University. We did this at our own expense, and found great joy in each experience.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a descendant of people who knew the Prophet Joseph Smith and then who followed Brigham Young across the plains to Utah after Joseph Smith was killed. My parents lived lives filled with faith and service in the church. However I still had to gain my own testimony of the truthfullness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. By studying the scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) and praying fervently, the Holy Ghost has born witness to me that Jesus Christ has restored his church through the prophet, Joseph Smith. Priesthood power, and covenants necessary to return to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have been made available in these latter-days. I feel the Holy Ghost validate those truths as I continue to study, pray and attend church. Our 6 children and their spouses and our 23 grandchildren are living lives that are blessed by the peace, joy, and hope that the gospel provides. We have also found that keeping the commandments frees us from many of the hardships we would have endured had we not kept them. Our families have been sealed together for time and all eternity in temples and by the sealing power of the Holy Priesthood. I know Christ lives and directs the church today and that by keeping His commandments, we can return to live with him if we repent of our sins. He has paid the price for our sins and has overcome death. Now my goal is to be as much like Him as I can, so I can feel comfortable in His presence.

How I live my faith

Because of my understanding of the value of each person on earth as a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father, I try to treat everyone I meet with respect. I love being involved with my "church family", and look for opportunities to serve others in the community. Praying keeps my Heavenly Father near, and I see my prayers being answered daily. I have held many administrative positions in the church's organizations for children, teens and women but my greatest joy is in teaching. I taught a scripture class for teenagers every morning before school for 13 years, and currently teach a class for young women once a month.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Mary Lou Ellsworth
I love knowing that God loves everyone. We perform baptisms for the dead, because baptism is one of the necessary steps each person needs to take to be able to return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Because the majority of people who have lived on the earth have not had the opportunity to be baptized by one who has the authority to officiate in that holy ordinance, we can act as proxy for them by going into a Holy Temple and being baptized for them by one who has the authority to perform that sacred ordinance. They then can choose to accept or reject that act. This was an ordinance that was performed anciently. See 1 Corinthians 15:29 and was part of the restoration of Christ's church. I know that performing that ordinance on behalf of my dead ancestors, I am giving them the opportunity to share in the Lord's greatest eternal blessings. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mary Lou Ellsworth
I believe all we have comes from our Heavenly Father and so we are stewards of the Lord's goods. He asks us to recognize this and return one tenth of what we earn. That money is then available to build meeting houses, temples, promote religious educaitonal materials, or in other words, blessing us and others. I know that when I pay my tithing, the Lord blesses me with what I need. When I started attending college, I had enough money for my first year. My final three years, I started each year with only enough for the first semester, but paid my tithing, and was able to find work and complete each year. I see in the lives of my children, that as tithe payers, they are being blessed with the work and material goods they need. We show our love of the Lord and our faith in him by paying our tithing, and we are blessed because of it. See Malachi 3:8-10. Show more Show less