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Hi I'm Mary Ann

I grew up in the Midwest states of the United States of America. I love our Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm one of five children in my family who all have grown up in a happy and healthy home. I enjoy drawing and painting, and creation in most forms. I've completed a semester of BYU-Idaho through the Pathway Program and am now preparing to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I plan on throwing all my heart, might, and strength into serving the Lord both on my mission and throughout the rest of my life. After my mission I plan on obtaining an education, marrying in the temple, and becoming a stay at home wife and mother.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who already actively attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before I was even baptized, I was not only exposed to the gospel and the joy it brought to our family, but I was learning of and being raised by the gospel. When I was eight years old I took the leap of faith and was baptized. I did not fully understand baptism at age eight, like many eight year olds probably wouldn't, but I did understand that Christ had set the standard and example of how to live. He was baptized, so I knew that I must too be baptized. Yes, it was a leap of faith just as everyone's baptism is at any age, but I have experienced blessings from walking in that faith and following Christ's footsteps. I don't think that any home can be filled with as much love or abundance of happiness if the family doesn't abide by and follow Christ's commandments. We are blessed with love and happiness when we obey, even if we know not why we are required to or why we are obeying a commandment. I am not perfect. I have been in a dark place and have doubted the gospel, even being raised in such a home. Like everyone, I too had to experience trial and hardship to gain a testimony. I've had several trials, but during each one, I've remembered that every time my family has taken a leap of faith, have thrown all trust into Christ, everything miraculously works out. Even in ways we could not have imagined. I've remembered the blessings that have come after the trials, and continue to strive in the gospel. I love Jesus Christ, and I know He loves me. But it's always easier to feel His love when I am obedient. I remain a true disciple of Christ not only to show my love for Christ, but because I have been instructed by Him, that if I love Him, I would obey Him.

How I live my faith

I've always been active in attending church and serving the Lord. As a teenager I was president, counselor, and secretary of various classes as part of a program called Young Women that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has. I also went to a church camp every summer as a youth and was a youth camp leader my last couple of years. I returned to camp to participate as an adult leader. I've also helped lead the music in church meetings every Sunday and participate in something called visiting teaching, where I help minister to other women to help them become true and better followers of Christ. I've also actively attended a young single adult branch within our church where I've attended regular meetings and activities designed for young single adults. But my favorite thing to do to participate, help, and grow within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always been going to the temple. The temple is a sacred place, more holy and sacred than our regular meeting houses, where ceremonies such as baptisms and marriages take place. There is always a peaceful feeling at the temple and is a place I can go to ponder, pray, and feed myself spiritually.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Mary Ann
What is the Atonement? The word atone, as explained on lds.org, means to suffer the penalty for sins, which in turn removes the effects of sin from the repentant sinner, thus relieving the repentant of pain and guilt and helping him become happier. Christ atoned for our sins. He felt and suffered all pain-physical, emotional, spiritual, and more. Because of His Atonement, everyone can repent, or ask for forgiveness of a sin and strive to live better, and do their best not to repeat the sin. Since nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes, we all have need of the Atonement. And what a blessing it is! It is only through the Atonement that we can experience full, true, and eternal happiness by receiving the gift of eternal life with God. Show more Show less