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Hi I'm Marlene

I grew up in Utah, I am married and a mother and grandmother. I taught school and I became an active Mormon in my teen years.

About Me

I have spent most of my life in Utah but also have lived in other states and have lots of friends from different religions. I work to understand and respect others who are different from me. I love playing games and being with family.

Why I am a Mormon

I think when I started going to church as a teenager it was mostly for the social associations. However, as I got older I realized that if religion was going to be a part of my life I needed to work on studying and gaining my own testimony. I have gained my testimony little by little. I had to work on one idea at a time. But as I got older it all fit together and made me realize that the patterns set forth for us in our lives help us grow and certainly helped my testimony grow. I strongly believe that a testimony is something that will continue to grow all of my life if I follow the commandments, pray, study and serve.

How I live my faith

I have served in several callings in my church. My favorite calling was when I was younger and worked with the young women in our area. Going to camp and youth conferences was so fun and faith promoting. I try to set a good example and live my beliefs whether I am with Mormon friends or friends from other religions.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

All Mormons aren't required to serve a mission. As parents raise their children they teach about serving missions. However, it is up to the individual person whether they feel they can fulfill a mission. While missionary work is strongly encouraged there are many who aren't capable or don't want to serve a mission. This is a hard choice for many and if they choose not to serve a mission away from home there are lots of places around their home areas where they can serve. Mormons strongly believe that missionary work isn't just about converting others to the gospel but it is also about service that can be rendered around the world. Show more Show less