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Hi I'm Mary Louise Miner

I am an ordinary gal with an extraordinary life, born in Alaska, play the organ, read, retired, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recently retired gal with a wonderful husband and two sons. Even though my children are grown and out of the house, we stay close as a family. I worked as a legal assistant in Intellectual property law for 20 years. I love music and play the organ and piano. I also love participating in choirs and currently belong to a community women's choir. I also love working on the computer and iPad. I like to read, take long drives in the country for mini vacations, camping, and hockey. I love to create DVD movies from family photos and videos combined with meaningful music.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my parents who gave me that opportunity. My mom and dad joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Anchorage, Alaska in 1954. I was 2 years old. Our family was recognized as the first complete family to join the church in Alaska. As I grew up and attended church, I gained my own testimony of the Church and Gospel but thank my parents, especially my father, for accepting the gospel. My dad said that when he heard the plan of salvation as presented by the missionaries he knew it was true because it was what he believed all of his life; just waited for someone to tell him." Growing up within the Church was a safety net for me. It helped me make choices that I may not have if not being a part of the church such as drinking, smoking, immorality, etc. But first and foremost I am a Mormon because of the personal relationship and understanding I have God the Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I feel their love for me daily and the tender mercies they provide to me. I know that my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ love me; I KNOW that they live and I am their child. The Church has brought such peace, happiness and joy to my life.

How I live my faith

My husband and I currently serve as Sunday School teachers for our ward teaching the Marriage and Family Relations class plus are stake baptism coordinators to facility the baptisms of children of record that have turned 8. I have held many callings in the church but one of my favorites if not my favorite was working in the nursery as a teacher for the 18 month to 3 year old children.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mary Louise Miner
We believe in salvation by grace after all we can do. I like the analogy of the farmer. A farmer has to cultivate his field, plant the seed, weed periodically, etc., but there are certain things he cannot do for himself which requires another source of help. Someone has to supply the rain and the sunshine. The farmer cannot provide the rain and sun for himself. I compare this to grace. After all the farmer could do it still wasn't enough to grow a garden. Just like the farmer, we need to keep the commandments, have faith, repent, etc., but it is still through grace that we are saved. That grace being Jesus Christ's atonement. Something that we could not provide for ourselves. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mary Louise Miner
I look forward to Sundays. As part of my worship experience, I dress in a skirt or dress in an attitude of respect and reverence for Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We are encouraged to dress the best we can to add to our worship experience; however, no one is turned away from our meetings if they dress otherwise. I am grateful that there are no restrictions celebrating holidays but the most meaningful holidays, Easter and Christmas, are my favorites because of the meaningful significance. It is because we believe that the two most spiritual holidays are Christmas and Easter, we are reminded of the birth and death and Resurrection of the Savior over the fun aspects of these holidays. We are not forbidden or discouraged from having secular celebrations. We also are free celebrate the other holidays, i.e., New Years, Valentines, St. Patricks Day, etc. Show more Show less