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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a wife, mother of six, singer, choir director, teacher and nutritionist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I can honestly say that God and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been integrated into every facet of my life. From a young age, my mother and father instilled a great love of classical music in me. Some of my favorite memories are of attending concerts with my dad. In particular, I remember sitting next to him in the annual Christmas concert of Handel's Messiah each year. For several years, I sang Bass with him, because I was too shy to sit in the Soprano section where my voice belonged! I learned to play the piano and flute. At the age of 14, I decided to really give my heart to choral singing and I've never looked back! Singing became my passion, and when I went to college at Brigham Young University, I studied choral conducting and vocal performance, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Music in Vocal Performance. I met my wonderful husband, Ben, while at BYU. We married in 1998, and quickly we were blessed to welcome children into our family - 5 girls and a boy. I love being a wife and mother more than anything in my life. This family is my treasure and joy.

Why I am a Mormon

Our second child, Samuel, was born in 2000, and at the age of 18 months began displaying signs of Autism. He was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism at the age of two. We were devastated. I think I cried every day that summer. I have come to be incredibly thankful for the experience of a special needs child. Nothing could have driven me to my knees more than needing help for my son. I became tuned to hearing the voice of the Lord through prayer and scripture, and He led me to study nutrition. I learned about foods that harm and foods that heal, and we implemented many dietary changes in our family that have allowed our son to function at a much, much higher level. While he will probably always suffer from some social difficulties, he enjoys a full, happy life with many friends, and functions well in his school work. I know that this is because of the blessings and direction I have received from God. The great test of my faith came a little over three years ago, when our 5th child, a daughter, died from a cord accident at birth. Losing a child really put to test everything that I believed. I remember a few days later, searching on the internet about stillbirth, and finding a forum of women who had also lost their babies this way. I wondered if I might find solace from these other women, but what I found was bitterness and resentment and anger to God. Everyone grieves in their own way, which is okay, but after 10 minutes on this forum, I knew that I would rather choose faith. I chose to stay close to Jesus Christ, and in Him and His Infinite love, I have found comfort, healing and even joy. I know that I will be with my daughter again. I know that families are forever. I love Him forever for what He has done for me and my family. He is my Savior and Redeemer. He is my friend. He is my God.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to be able to use my musical training in my positions at church. I am in charge of all the music in our regional area, and in our own congregation. This means that I get to conduct choirs for all of our church meetings, which is such a joy to me! Praising our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ through song is such a gift, and watching the faces of those who sing in my choirs is, too! We welcome all to sing in the choir - from the young eight year olds, newly baptized, to the seasoned choral singer - I love the way each person contributes both their spirit and their voice. I also have helped to put on musical theater productions in our area. This allows me to use more of my skills as a voice teacher and work with the youth one on one. Worshiping through song has been one of the greatest blessing in my life. I believe that singing sacred music allows us to pray in a deeply moving way - sacred music can touch both the soul of the singer and the audience.