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Hi I'm Mary

I have traveled to 49 states of the United States of America. Everywhere I find family because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in this small town in Utah. Yes, a good old fashioned Utah Mormon. I went to school here and attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah. I got married and then the adventures begun. During my marriage, we lived in Big Spring, Texas; Biloxi, Mississippi; North Syracuse, New York; Pocatello, Idaho: Logan, Utah; Blackfoot, Idaho; and Hyrum, Utah. Well, guess what, sometimes good faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do get divorced which I did in 1986. I then raised my 7 children by myself in Blackfoot, Idaho. After they were all raised and married, I decided it was time to give my time and efforts to helping others. I started first as an Americorps/Vista Volunteer in Fort Hall, Idaho teaching an after-school program and adult education in the evenings. It was an eye opener for me. Just 7 miles from downtown Blackfoot, yet a world apart as I lived on an Indian reservation and got to know these wonderful Native American People. Since then I have taught children in New Orleans, Louisiana; Columbiana, Alabama; Alta, Wyoming and Omaha, Nebraska. I have also done seasonal jobs in Cody, Wyoming and Mackinac Island, Michigan. I also volunteered for disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana; Recovery work in Joplin, Missouri and recovery work after Super Storm Sandy in Virginia. Each of these experiences has given me more than I have given them. I truly have grown.

Why I am a Mormon

I have learned as I have traveled and met with other religions and faiths that all people have truth. However, I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the fullness of the gospel and that is what I try to share with others. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are real, living beings; that they appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith when he was just a boy of 14. I have walked where Joseph Smith walked and listened to the stories about him. I know he was a prophet of God and that he suffered hard trials but stayed faithful to what Heavenly Father wanted him to do. I love him with all my heart as I do Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for the gift of the Holy Ghost. I know it is a real gift and that when I listen, the Holy Ghost guides me each and every hour of every day of my life. He keeps me safe in my travels and teaches me things I could learn in no other way. I have read the Book of Mormon many times in my 63 years of life. I know it is the true word of God. I know it fits hand in hand with the Bible and that together they testify of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I have read the Book of Mormon in places where it actually took place. I have seen the evidences with my own eyes but after seeing them, I didn't know any more than I knew before. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I have prayed and asked the questions and I have received the answers. I get answers each and every time I read the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every single day of my life. I try to live so that others will know that there is something different about me, that I have a knowledge of my Savior, Jesus Christ and want to share that knowledge with others. I try to serve someone everyday knowing that the Savior would do the same. I love all people, of all races and religions. That is the real fun of my adventures because I have learned that we are all God's children and that we all want the same things. I have served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years, teaching children, teaching adults, organizing activities, visiting the needy. As I have traveled, I could no longer hold a calling in a ward because I changed wards so often so I started to do Indexing for the Family History Program and do that wherever I am. I love to learn about people, both living and dead, and to help them realize the blessings that we all share here on earth.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

The Lord chooses His prophet. It is as simple as that. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are encouraged to pray about the Lord's choice so that they will have personal testimony of the prophet of God. Show more Show less