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Hi I'm Mary

I love talking to people, reading non-fiction, and anything chocolate. My family is everything to me. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

My family moved from Connecticut to Utah when I was 14, and I joined the church as a senior in high school. I graduated from BYU with a Bachelor's degree in Home and Family Living. My husband and will celebrate our 11th anniversary this year, and after years of struggling with infertility, we were blessed with two beautiful adopted children, who are now 5 and 3. I am a stay at home, minivan-driving mom, something I never thought I would be. We love being outside in the summer - camping, biking, hiking, and playing in kiddie pools. I love to read, and I love to cook and bake, though I'm pretty sure I could never be a professional chef, because I don't have a sense of smell (really). I feel like life isn't always perfect, and it's not always pretty, but that's part of the journey, and I hope I can always enjoy the view, even when it's always changing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when I was 17, I prayed to find out if the church was true, and the answer came to my heart and mind with such force that I couldn't, and never can, deny it. I know it more than I know anything else in the world. I was the only one in my family to join the church, though they supported me and continue to do so, for which I am so grateful. My faith is the most important thing in my life - it gives me more joy than I thought I could ever have. It makes me better. It keeps me grounded and brings me profound peace. I love the doctrines of the church - especially that I can be with my family forever and that God is really my Father in Heaven who knows me personally. I love praying to Him and feeling His love and caring. When I was talking to the missionaries those years ago, I never really thought I would join the church. I didn't think I needed or wanted it. Now I truly can't imagine my life without it.

How I live my faith

My religion affects every part of who I am - I feel like it really is who I am. I try hard to never take my faith for granted. I love being fully involved in the church- going to church meetings on Sunday, attending activities with my family, praying and reading our scriptures every day, even when our kids make it slightly challenging. I love that we live so close to several temples and we go often. The church is a big part of me and my time, and I wouldn't have it any other way, because it makes me happier than anything else and helps me be a better person than I would be without it.