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Hi I'm Mary

I have lived in Utah my whole life. I will be traveling to Puerto Rico to serve a mission in November. I'm a Mormon

About Me

While in high school I was on the swim team and I have always loved water sports. After graduating I went on to college choosing to major in Communications. Shortly after starting my college career I discovered my love for running. I have only been able to train for and compete in one half-marathon but I absolutely loved it and hope to be able to compete in many more. I recently felt a strong desire to serve a mission and will be leaving for the Dominican Republic MTC in November.

Why I am a Mormon

Many wonder if being "Mormon" is worth it. I have heard that there are too many rules that are too hard to follow. For me, following the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has kept me grounded. I have had times in my life where I struggled with my faith and struggled with life in general. Everyone has had times when they felt completely alone. The only way that I have been able to make it through these hard times is with the gospel. Being a Mormon has allowed me to have an eternal perspective. I have been able to see how every situation will effect me in the long run instead of focusing on how hard my life is at the moment. The gospel has brought me closer to my family and has allowed me to gain a greater happiness that is beyond words. It's because of this happiness that I have chosen to serve a mission. When I announced that I wanted to serve a mission, many of friends are not part of the LDS church thought I was crazy. They couldn't understand why I would want to leave my home, my family, my job, and put my education on hold for a year and a half. All of these things will be waiting for me when I come back. This is the only time in my life that I will be able to leave all else behind and serve the Lord and others in this way. I feel honored to have been called to serve the people in Puerto Rico. Sometimes I wonder if I have been called to teach them or if they were called to teach me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving those around me. I make sure to make others know that they are welcome and invited to all church activities regardless of their religious views. My only calling at this time is as a visiting teacher and I love getting to know other ladies in my ward that I may have never befriended on my own. Living what I believe has always been a huge priority in my life because actions will always speak louder than words. Building friendships and giving my time to those who are in need has had lasting impacts.