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Hi I'm Marilyn

Born in Utah, raised 11 children, taught Early Childhood Music, loves to serve and learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Salt Lake City in an LDS family with 4 brothers and 1 sister. My ancestors were early Mormons who played a significant role in the early days of the church. My siblings all graduated from BYU and I did as well. I married a BYU graduate. We lived, loved and raised our family of 11 children in Portland, Oregon where we loved the beauties of nature. Children were my passion and of the 11 we had, 6 were girls, 5 were boys. This number included a set of twins and a mentally handicapped daughter. Life was challenging but joyful. Motherhood was a happy experience. With my passion for children and mothers, I later opened a music s business and taught hundreds of young children to love music, while providing parenting tips to the mothers. Later, with my continuous interest in the well being of mothers and children, I served in a national mothers organization for many years. It enriched and blessed my life with lasting friendships and opportunities to learn and love others. Upon retirement my husband and I chose to serve as missionaries in the Mormon church. We have previously served in Washinton DC and will soon serve in New Zealand. I'm a mother, I'm a teacher, I'm a missionary and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon and raised a Mormon in a family that was committed and devoted to the church and its principles. Both of my parents had family members join the church in its early days in England, Wales and Denmark. We were a committed Mormon family and I never varied from that path. I tried always to live the principles and concepts I was taught in my church classes. I had an inner desire to always do what was right and to obey as best I knew how. I never felt any drawbacks to being a church member and consequently never had reason to question my faith or the teachings I had received. While my life was not smooth sailing, i have always been sustained by the power of prayer. I have been surrounded by friends and people that have been positive examples. . I have always observed people and wanted to emulate their good examples. I attended Brigham Young University and thrived in the environment and classes that reinforced what I already knew and had learned about the gospel. As I continued on this path i was blessed by numerous opportunities to associate with people and experiences that continued to build my inner strength and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am truly grateful for the principles and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and for my Savior.. His Gospel is true. I have no doubts, concerns or worries when I commit to living its principles and teachings and when I serve and love as He has done. I am grateful to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love my church and the opportunities it has given me to learn, grow, and meet and associate with special people. I have worked most of my life in the women's organization of the church and have had opportunity to teach, serve in leadership and to plan and organize many special events. I served for many years in local leadership, but most of my life in Stake (an organization comprising 9 smaller units) women's organization. I learned to play the organ when I was 12 years old and have been a church organist for 50 or more years. From that love of music I was asked to serve as a coordinator for all music activities in our local ward unit and later for many additional years in our larger geographic area comprising 9 local units. As such I planned and put on major Christmas and Easter music programs for the church and community. Additionally, I spent several years serving specifically in the stake or larger church organization planning, teaching and helping children to sing and enjoy music. This was an especially wonderful experience for me. In recent years both my husband and I had the opportunity to serve as church missionaries and work with the wonderful young missionaries. We will soon leave to serve another mission as a Senior Couple for the church. It is our hope that we will have the health, strength and ability to do this for many more years.