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Hi I'm Marilyn

I 'm an Air Force brat who married Air Force. Modeled a bit, a portrait artist, pianist, degreed mom of 2, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a homebody, but I like to date the husband, travel with the family and do lunch with friends. Family is central to my purpose and my happiness! 'took a while for my husband and I to find each other! We were both about 30! We planned to have six kids. 'took a while to have the blessing of children. (We gratefully received our first child through adoption, and our second child through medical intervention--miraculous in several ways!) Our children bring us the greatest joy. I cook and bake with the view that nice meal times bring families together and that the kitchen is a hub where good family communication begins and fun family memories can be made. I try to be fair, to really listen. Tone is important to me and I work to keep kind tones in my home. Kindness and patience does begin with me. I like people and respect others. I love and value the rich diversity of humanity, but I seek to associate with fair, tolerant, good-hearted and well-meaning people. I believe that serving and helping others is key. It's a major part of why we're here. Prayer for the well-being of others is a profoundly important component of that service. I'm an optimistic realist. I like to work hard, I try to do my best, and I strive to manage my time well. I'm an avid journal keeper (35 years now). I'm interested in politics, current events, geopolitical stuff, health studies, self-reliance, quality entertainment, books, travel, and the world around me. I love this life journey!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a life member of the LDS Church, baptized at 8, and I've always believed:D I felt the sweet feelings of God's Spirit when I prayed. I felt His love when I told people I was sorry for wrongs I did, and I felt His presence at Church. I felt His Spirit when the family served each other, during our family nights and prayers, and when we read from the Book of Mormon together. I was in my early teens when I began reading it on my own. I decided I'd do as Joseph Smith did when he wanted to know which, if any Church to join. I went to a private outdoor place to pray--a row of small arbor vitae trees in the backyard and read from the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. It was so rewarding that I repeated it the next day. I knew the good, warm feelings and unbidden tears was the Holy Spirit testifying that the Book of Mormon is a holy work of God--that it is true--and I felt God's love for my efforts. I've read the Book of Mormon cover to cover many times since and I just know through my own study and prayers, that it is a true account of an ancient remnant of the house of Israel preserved by the Lord and led by him to ancient America. They were to inherit this choice land and live in freedom and prosperity so long as they abided by His commandments. The book is replete with the words, hope and doctrine of Jesus Christ--for their day and ours. It is a companion witness with the Holy Bible; they substantiate each other and together, they confound men's false doctrines. In college I began using companion study guides; they poured living breath into the pages of the Book of Mormon, and the ancient people and times became colorfully real for me! I also realized that when I made the time to read it, my days went better. I believe Joseph Smith's words--'It is the most correct book on earth, and a person will get closer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book', and, as President Hinckley said, the Book of Mormon is fresh as the morning newspaper.

How I live my faith

I volunteered as a tour guide on Temple Square, memorized a few of the tours and guided visitors. I have served as a stake missionary and ward missionary. I accepted Church callings of all kinds over the years--from music callings to leadership callings with the women and young women programs, to teaching adult Sunday School. I find that every Church calling has been awesome and probably benefited me more than those I served, because I saw that Church callings grew my talents, developed new skills, stretched my soul, and deepened my love for people! One favorite calling of mine is that of visiting teacher. In addition to our other callings, most ladies at Church are assigned to visit teach each other once a month. My partner and I are assigned to visit teach three ladies from Church. We go to each of their homes, work to become their good friends, to uplift and minister to them, and note any needs we can appropriately address. (We are willing to help them on the spot, if needed.) We report any news or needs to our leaders. It's a fun privilege and responsibility. In the community, I have donated blood many times, volunteered in schools playing the piano for Christmas programs, prepared lessons and taught "Art Masterpiece" in classrooms, went on field trips, worked as "Helping Hand"; with gifted program, and helped co-lead the Brownies, etc. I've helped in many local, national and international service projects through my Church (such as preparing hygiene kits, making quilts, school tote bags, blankets, cute toddler clothing, and making meals for needy folks and men's shelter, etc.) over the years and love it! This kind of work is my joy and my responsibility--as a human being, but especially as a Mormon--we try to follow in the footsteps of our Savior, Jesus Christ.