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Hi I'm Maria

I am a new mother. I love words, the American West, and working with my hands. I am a seeker of truth. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a degree in public health as well as one in medical lab technology, but I am currently a full-time and mother to my first baby, a boy. It's been a little hard to figure out how to manage my time now that I'm at home all day, but I'm trying to work hard and enjoy this season of my life. There is nothing more magical to my husband and I than watching our baby grow up, and I'm so grateful I can take care of him all day, every day! I love being a mother. I also love learning new things, so in my spare time I try to keep learning from home, watching documentaries or listening to talks. I love reading great literature, writing poetry, and I have a goal to someday write a novel. I love words and think they are so powerful. I also enjoy knitting, and usually have several projects going at a time! I love being outdoors, especially in the mountains or deserts of the west. I always feel close to God when I am out amid his beautiful creations.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon household, so my faith began very early, with the simple knowledge that when I did right, I felt right. My parents taught me about God, and due to that feeling of "rightness," I think I have always known that God was there and that He loved me. There was more I needed to learn, however, and through my teenage years I struggled to understand how to hear and follow the voice of the Holy Spirit. I think my testimony of the gospel really solidified while I was in college, when I learned more about the Savior's Atonement by studying the words of Paul in the New Testament. I continue to follow the teachings of this church because I can feel in my heart that it is true, that same feeling of "right" that I knew as a child. The gospel also makes sense to me. It encompasses all the truth available anywhere else in the world, and validates all the other points that I feel are right: It teaches of God as a loving Father. It promises forgiveness of sin and resurrection after death. It tells us that family relationships are important and can be everlasting. It emphasizes education, kindness, improvement and refinement. It functions on an individual basis - everyone can and should have their own relationship with Deity. It teaches that all truth, all good, and all beauty come from God, and that idea is very precious to me. It pushes me to seek goodness, beauty, and truth wherever I can find them in my effort to be more like God. The church also teaches of the value of individuals. It is so wonderful to know that even with so many wonderful people in the world, "little old me" is still so important to God.

How I live my faith

The ultimate call of any Christian is to try to be like Jesus Christ, so I try to behave as he would in my daily life. I'm not always successful, but I know He loves me anyway and encourages me in my efforts to be kind, industrious, cheerful, honest and loving, and to serve people I come in contact with. One way I serve is in helping to plan activities for the women in my local congregation (it may seem small, but one thing I love about this church is that everyone has a job to do, and we all work together). I am also assigned to look out for a few women in the congregation, and I know there are women assigned to look out for me. In this way we can all take care of each other. I also live my faith by continually trying to better myself. I have a long way to go to be like Jesus, so I have set goals to become more hardworking, more educated and knowledgable, more refined in my tastes, more focused on the needs of others, and more sincere and devoted in my relationship with God.