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Hi I'm Mary Hewson

I grew up in Virginia, moved to Texas as soon as I could and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up attending a Lutheran Church Elementary school in Virginia. My parents divorced when I was 19 so I joined the Episcopalian church with my mom. I was married in the Episcopalian church but never really felt it was the true church. When I married in 1981, I began moving around with my Army spouse. Everywhere we went I went to Military chapels still seeking something. When my kids were born, I had an even stronger feeling I needed to find what was right. I continued my search once we moved back to Virginia and I found the Baptist church. Although I agreed to be baptised into this church, I still did not feel it was "it". Although my husband was a member of the Mormon church, he was inactive and had never really encouraged me to look into his religion. One evening the Missionaries tracted into our development and we began taking the discussions as a family. My boys were 9 and 12 at the time and the missionaries did a great job of explaining the principles in such a way that my kids could understand and that made it much easier for me. When they challenged me to read the Book of Mormom, I read the story of Joseph Smith searching all the different religions seeking the "true" church. BAM! That hit me like a ton of bricks and ever since that time I have been very active.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because, like Joseph, I had gained a testimony that this was the true church. Although all the other religions had bits and pieces of the gospel that were correct, this was the only church on earth that contained ALL of the truths of the Gospel. I know that the Bible is the word of God and I also know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. The things we learn from these books bless our lives daily. I feel so blessed that we have Prophets and Apostles alive today to run the church and to speak to us about trials and pitfalls we might experience. They counsel us about current issues that the Devil seeks to destroy and helps us understand ways we can prevent him from gaining a foothold amoungst us. I have a testimony that this is the true church and feel that I have finally found "home".

How I live my faith

I have held numerous positions in the church ranging from teaching 8 year olds to coordinating all of the visiting teaching that is done. Currently I am in charge of the Young Women in my ward, girls ages 12-18. Although this position has its challenges at times, it is very rewarding to know that I may be able to make a difference in at least one young woman's life. By working with the youth, I see that our Father in Heaven really does love each and every one of them and he knows their needs. Many times I have been prompted to do something for the whole group only to find out after that the activity I had planned was exactly what one of the girls needed to hear. I also ride a Harley and my husband and I are members of the Temple Riders Association. This is a group of like-minded riders who agree to abide by church standards, ie, not going out for rides on Sundays, no smoking or drinking in the group, etc. We love being able to share our love of motorcycles and our love of Heavenly Father at the same time.