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Hi I'm MaryAnn

I was born in Southern Utah to 4th generation Mormons. Through many moves and life's challenges, I am STILL a mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 8 grown children. I have 35 grandchildren with three on the way. I love all of them immensely. To them I give my time and my energy. My husband has taught religion for all of our married life. He will retire this year. To supplement our income I have sewn, taught piano lessons and done graphic design all from home so that I could be there for my children. I graduated in Fine Art from BYU the same year that my oldest daughter began classes there. It took me 22 years to get through college. We as a family enjoy camping, biking and hiking. I love to work on scrapbooks and family history. I do a small family newsletter as often as I can get to it. Mostly I just love to be with my kids. We have tons of fun together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized into the Mormon church at the age of 8 years old. It was simply expected and I anticipated the day when I could be baptized. As I grew older my family moved around a lot and I began to experience challenges to my faith. At one point in my life I was the only Mormon in my Jr. High School. Then at age 16 I was given a choice weather I wanted to remain faithful to the LDS(Mormon) faith or leave it to live in a different way. I prayed for many months to know the answer to that. But I could see that the "different way" was causing addiction and heartbreak to many people. I looked for the truth every Sunday while still attending faithfully and read the Book of Mormon actually looking to find it false as I had been told it was. However, I found the teachings in it to be sound and they felt as though they came from heaven. So I have continued on and only discovered more truth as I have grown older.

How I live my faith

I have always had a church calling since the time I turned 12 years old and was assigned to be the pianist for the Children's meeting called "Primary." The Primary music leader was my piano teacher and she thought I could do it. I have served in Primary (the children's organization), Young Women (the youth organization for girls), Relief Society (the women's organization), and activities committees. I have directed roadshows and plays. I have made innumerable posters and fliers for church activities. My current calling is that of Young Women President. We have activities for the girls ages 12 to 18 every Tuesday and a lesson in church every Sunday. I love those girls. They are so strong in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I wish I could have been more like them when I was their age.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe that we are all children of our Heavenly Father and someday may return to live with him. We will live in families and in the same sociality we have here on earth. We believe that it is important that all of us are linked to each other so as to be together as families after death. We show our intent to live together by being baptized into the church which Jesus established while on the earth. There are many of our family members who weren't baptized to show their intent to live together as a family. Because of that we are baptized by proxy or in behalf of them. We believe that they will still have the choice as to whether or not they will accept that baptism, but it will be provided for them if they so choose to accept it. Show more Show less