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Hi I'm Marcia

"I grew up on a farm in south eastern Idaho. I am sixth generation Mormon."

About Me

I grew up in a family of eight. I was number five of six children, forth of five girls. It took the whole family to work our small farm, care for the needed farm animals, weed and water our large vegetable garden. We were a close net family who worked hard and played together. I learned many songs from my mother while washing and drying dishes. I attended many family reunions and developed close family ties with my aunts, uncles and cousins. We loved being together! I developed close relationships with people in our small farming community and attended church regularly. Most of the community were Mormons so we shared lots of things in common. We were all poor as to money matters but we were rich in closeness, friendship, love, respect and belief in God.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess I answered this question more or less in the paragraph above. The love I feel from my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ give me great comfort, peace and courage to face the challenges of our day. It is hard to imagine my life without the gospel principles and teachings that help me face this earthly life. I am so grateful for a living prophet, his councilors and the twelve apostles to guide His church through direct revelation. I am so grateful to know that I am a spirit daughter of God and that He is personally interested in my happiness here on earth and my returning to live with Him in an eternal family. I know the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and will lead me to truth and happiness in this life and the life to come.

How I live my faith

I was in my early thirties before I gained a testimony of the gospel which was my own. Through some difficulties in my personal life I came to know that my Heavenly Fathers knew me personally and had been a guide throughout my life. I became a single parent left to raise two small boys and knew that with His help I could do what was needed. I always knew the church was true from the time I could remember but I leaned on my parents testimonies until I realized that I needed to know for myself. Because the church is so family oriented it was very difficult to feel whole at first. I found that serving others helped lessen the time spent on feeling different and helped me realize that my problems may be different from some of the members but that everyone had difficult trials that they faced. It isn't so much the trials we face as how we face those trials. I realized that without my faith and trust in Jesus Christ I was left to be tossed about by the whims of the world. I could not face the challenges of this life without my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.