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Hi I'm Marci

I'm a Mother. Humanitarian. Educator. Writer. Photographer. Advocate. Historian & Lover of Beauty ~ Mostly Found in People.

About Me

I grew up in a small, rural community surrounded by the beauties of nature; the water and sky. I was rarely on my own, coming from a family of eight; consisting of myself, my parents, four sisters and one very lucky brother ;) While young my parents fostered a spirit of independence. They consider it a miracle, in my case, since I was naturally shy & would hide behind my mother's skirt or cry the moment any photographer would pull out a camera when I was a child. I learned quickly that confidence, conviction and assurance is most deeply developed when you are in the right place at the right time doing the right thing for the right reason. The times and seasons of life solidified this principle in practice whether I was serving in a state capitol, playing with orphans in Russia, or teaching the gospel in Canada. Moments, such as these, bring about a clarity that God truly governs all things. He is in all things and through Him all things are made beautiful in His own time. From my inception, being connected to and part of something greater than I was has been paramount to my existence. Although this has been primarily manifest through family relationships, it has also been fulfilled through educational, political, civic, religious and humanitarian opportunities. Connecting intimately with one person or reaching out to hundreds fills my life with divine purpose.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know Jesus Christ is the only gateway wherein complete, eternal happiness, purpose and fulfillment can be obtained, in this life and the life to come. If I were to search high & low, the world over, for another source of happiness, purpose, direction or fulfillment I would come back empty. All other sources will fail, end and fall. There is only one source where every single promise is kept, every word absolute, every design is to bring peace, confidence & truth. There is only one who will never abandon, forget, reject or fail you, Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the reason I am a Mormon. This is His church. He is at the head. He leads it. The ordinances, doctrines and commandments are His. He loves me. He loves you and all that He asks (by the voice of His prophets--ancient & modern and by His own voice) is for our benefit, our good, our experience and ultimately our eternal happiness, if we so choose to receive and follow Him.

How I live my faith

In the home of my youth, a plaque adorned the wall of our kitchen. I would see it each morning as I began my day. Profound questions were asked. Questions I continue to ask myself at the dawn of the day. Questions I reflect upon as the stars appear one by one at eventide. "Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need? Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad? Has anyone's burden been lighter today because I was willing to share? Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way? When they needed my help was I there?" Then, this invitation..."There are chances for work all around just now, Opportunities right in our way. Do not let them pass by, saying, 'Sometime I'll try', but go & do something today." How I live my faith is different & also the same, in many respects, each day. I seek to do good, first & foremost to God. I recognize it is only through Him that I have life. He alone preserves it from day to day. Acting & living in a way that pleases Him is my way of saying "thank you" to the one who makes each moment possible. One of my favorite quotes is "Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable..." As a mother, I understand the moments I have with my children at home will pass by far too quickly. Do I take the time to give them a hug, to tell them I love them? Do I sit & listen to them as a way of showing how important they are to me? Have we laughed, played or taken time to enjoy one another? That is how I seek to live out my faith for my children. As a member of the Church, I accept and fulfill responsibilities. In so doing, I have served a mission, accepted callings in the presidencies of the Primary, Young Women & Relief Society organizations, gone Visiting Teaching, organized Girls Camps, worked w/ Scouts, taught Sunday School and Gospel Doctrine & more. It isn't so much what I do, but how and why I do it that matters to me.