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Hi I'm Mary Ann

I'm from a small town. I'm a daughter, sister, aunt, artist and friend. I believe in fairy-tales and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying education. My first semester I specialized in music after 8 years of playing flute in my school band. I had lots of leadership opportunities in high school as a section leader, band president and Harry Potter Club President. I'm a bookworm and avid writer, and I love animated movies. I love fantasy and science fiction most of all.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Mormon home. My father is a convert, and my mother a lifelong member. My dad's family are not members, and many of my siblings and extended maternal family have chosen not to live the Mormon lifestyle. They have many questions, and as I was growing up, I had to answer those questions for myself. When I was 15, I struggled with doubts and the choices my friends were making. I was depressed, and I struggled with my self-worth. When I was freshman, I started taking seminary, scripture classes for the youth. This helped me to read, search, and depend on the scriptures. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true, and the answer I received, in the form of a burning in my heart and a thought to my mind that said, "You've always known." And I have. I recognized the difference the scriptures and prayer and good friends had in my life. I was happier, more confident, and felt at peace with many of the questions and doubts I had struggled with. My life was filled with life and joy, and I was able to accept callings and receive personal revelation and share with others the undeniable love of God that assures us of our worth to Him. I now know that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and His son, Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. I know that Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for us and set the example for us to follow as we seek to return to God. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and translated the Book of Mormon and that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet today. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and that its teachings will bring us closer to Him. This is my testimony, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I have served as a church pianist, and each Sunday I would play for the women's class to open and close the meeting. I love church music, and am always willing to play piano or flute or conduct the music if asked to do so. I have also served as a secretary in the women's organization of Relief Society and kept records of attendance and events, sent out reminders and invitations, and helped and advised my president as needed. I also serve with a companion to visit sisters that we are assigned to teach and care for as friends. I also have been called to serve as a missionary in Scotland and Ireland. Beginning in May, I will sacrifice my family and education for a year and a half to teach others about my faith and come closer to God.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Mary Ann
Jesus Christ was baptized by John, who held the proper priesthood authority, and we are to follow his example in all things. There are many people in this life that will not have the opportunity to accept the truthfulness of his gospel on earth. When they have passed from this life, worthy members can enter the temple and be physically baptized in their name and behalf. Their spirits will have the choice whether to accept that baptism or not. This is the first crucial step to salvation for all mankind, and it is a blessing both for those who have passed and those who do this work in the temple of God. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Mary Ann
The Relief Society is the women's organization of the church, and it is the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. It includes women 18 years and older, and through the organization we can seek to do God's work on earth, including strengthening personal testimony, families, and homes. We seek to serve our fellow women and men, and build friendships that bless and strengthen through a sense of companionship. We serve our fellow local members by doing simple acts of service as well as those abroad through humanitarian service projects. Show more Show less