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Hi I'm Maria

I'm a wife, mother and grandmother. I love dates with my husband and spending time with my family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a wife and a mother! And a grandmother! I have six children, and one granddaughter ... so far! My youngest daughter has special needs. A big reason why I am me is because I have an amazing husband who is a comfort and strength to me. He is truly my best friend. Some of the things I love to do in my 'spare' time are quilting, cooking and baking, working in my yard, walking, listening to general conference (a series of meetings we have in our church every six months) talks and going on an occasional thrill ride!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I had the opportunity of growing up learning about Heavenly Father's plan. My testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ gradually grew from depending on my parents' testimonies into my very own conviction of knowing that my Savior lives and that this is His church and gospel. My testimony of the Savior's atoning sacrifice was definitely strengthened after my last daughter was born. At four weeks old, she started having seizures, several a day. I learned through this difficult time that the Savior knew exactly who I was and who she was. Answers to prayers came so direct and personal, that I could not deny the fact that He knew me. I have learned to lean on Him and my Heavenly Father and their plan for me and for my daughter. She is now a teenager, but developmentally about 18 to 36 months. There are definitely days that are very hard, but there is always a tender mercy that reminds me that I am not alone. And there are definitely moments of joy - watching her grasp a new concept, try so hard to be gentle with her niece, and watching what each of my children have learned from having her as their sister. We are all better people because of her. I also strongly believe that good and bad cannot exist in my mind and spirit at the same time. On days that I am having a particularly hard time and have feelings of doubt, or feeling overwhelmed, I pray hard and listen to talks and speeches from our prophets and apostles. Those feelings are replaced by feelings of hope and strength. Sometimes my children say that I share too much with others, but I feel that my experience has taught me so much that I want to share what I have learned, hoping to help someone else draw from my experiences. Plus, I always make a new friend when I do open up and share.

How I live my faith

I grew up watching my mom serve others by baking and sharing cinnamon rolls, bread, cookies and cake with our neighbors and anyone she felt inspired to share with. She would tell me that if you always shared some of what you made, it would always turn out delicious. She was right! I try to follow her example and the gentle nudges I receive and reach out to others with a note, loaf of bread or something else. Often times I don't know why I am prompted to reach out to a particular person, but I always come away having my spirit lifted.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

The purpose of life is to gain a physical body and to have experiences that will help us become more like our Heavenly Father. That doesn't mean to become perfect. Thank heavens! As we go through different experiences, we will learn different things - learning right and wrong, joy and pain, as well as faith, hope, trust, and love. We will all have trials and hardships that can help us learn to depend on a higher power to help us through. That higher power is the enabling power of the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He suffered all so that He can be there to help us as we go through our trials. One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Show more Show less