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Hi I'm Mary Ann

I grew up in small town Arizona. I love my family. I love to dance. I'm a student at Brigham Young University. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Tucson, but lived in Safford, Arizona for the first few years of my life. Eventually my family moved back to Tucson. My whole family got into competitive swimming, mostly so we could have something to do in the summers without school to keep us busy. When I was in fifth grade, we moved to a very small town so we could live near my dad's parents. It was hard living so far away from everything, but I loved being there with my grandparents and having so much fresh air. They took care of us, and we took care of them. I drove about 25 miles to school every day, but it was worth it to have the opportunity to attend a larger school where I could join the cheerleading squad and the swim team, meet so many new people, and take challenging AP classes. After graduating, I moved to Provo, Utah to attend Brigham Young University, which was such an incredible experience. I got to meet wonderful roommates from Arizona to Utah to Idaho and all the way across the country to New York. They taught me how to have fun and camp out for football and basketball games. They supported me in my schoolwork and in preparing to leave on a mission for the LDS Church. After my mission I will return to BYU and keep working on my degree in accounting (as of today...!).

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love God, and I know He loves me. I have learned for myself that He has prepared this church so I can grow closer to Him and have the guidance in this life that will help me stand strong. I continue to follow His gospel because it brings me peace and helps me know I am living a fulfilling, joy filled life. I know that Jesus Christ suffered for me so that I might come to Him for forgiveness and be worthy to meet God again.

How I live my faith

When I was in high school I had the great opportunity to serve on the seminary council and youth committee. Between the two groups we planned activities for students in high school like massive games of tag or youth dances. In my own ward, I was a leader of the young women. We got to plan girls camp activities and weekly youth nights. When I went to college at BYU, I was called to teach the women, which was nerve wracking, but also a wonderful experience. Teaching is not so hard when you rely on the Lord!