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Hi I'm Mary

I grew up in West Los Angeles. I teach, write, and serve! I am happily married with 3 great children. And I am a Mormon!

About Me

Growing up in Culver City, I have always had an interest in movies and movie making. I bought a movie camera when I was very young and made short movies with my friends. I had dreams of becoming a great movie producer! Later in life, I wrote short plays and stories. Through the years, I have never lost the desire to create pictures and stories, but now I use that drive to enrich my family! I also love to travel. I have always felt that travel was an important part of my education in life. I wanted to see how other people lived. I love the education process. I always wanted to be involved in higher education, so I received a graduate degree in English and put it to good use in teaching at the college level. By far, the greatest joy in my life is my family. I love to spend time with them. We are a talking family! There is no shortage of words at the dinner table or on family vacations!

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents were always supportive of the church, they rarely attended. My wonderful grandmother brought my sisters and I to church every Sunday. Real conviction about the church and its teachings, however, didn't really occur until I was about 14 years old. My sister and I had an experience with prayer that changed everything. The effect that the Holy Ghost had on us that night, while we prayed, would never be forgotten. It was a very sacred experience for both of us. We began to make changes in our lives. We became more committed to keeping the commandments. We felt, perhaps for the first time, the incomprehensible love that God has for each of his children. We knew that he was aware of us and that he loved us individually. Thereafter we began to understand that what we did and how we behaved mattered to this great man, our Heavenly Father. And so it mattered to us. We began the process of getting rid of old and destructive bad habits. We began to earnestly read the scriptures and pray. It was not long after this experience with prayer that I received another wonderful experience while reading the Book of Mormon. Or perhaps I should say that it was a series of amazing experiences that confirmed the truthfulness of this book of scripture to me. I know that it is the word of God. I know it! I know that I am a better person when I read it and follow the teachings that are written by the prophets. I know it clarifies many points of doctrine that are lost or unclear in the Bible. I am so thankful for this clarity. I later chose to serve an 18-month mission for the church. I wanted to do something that would grow God's kingdom on earth. I wanted others to know what I knew so that they could have the same benefit of hope and clarity. I have since married in the temple and have been blessed with 3 children who I love very much. We have done our best to teach our children about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the healing power of the Atonement.

How I live my faith

I love to research my family history. I am genuinely thrilled when I uncover new stories about my ancestors. I learn so much from their lives. And I love to share these stories with my family and friends. I volunteer at a family history library and I teach family history in church. I love to serve. I know that might sound cliché, but I really do. I consider it a privilege to spend several days a week with my aging father, assisting him in whatever way I can. I also take great joy in reaching out into the community for volunteer experiences. There are so many ways to lift and bless the lives of others and I want to be part of that. At the home front, I have watched my kids embrace the idea of service by serving full-time missions in the world and looking for opportunities to help others. I love that, because I know that the giver is as much the recipient of good things as the receiver. Service just helps you to get out of your head. It creates a measurable change in your attitude toward life.