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Hi I'm Marva

I am a sixth generation Mormon and I have lived in Utah my whole life.

About Me

I have been married to my husband for 35 years, we have three daughters, three son-in-laws and six grandchildren. I am a florist and I love gardening, quilting and any kind of crafts. I had a tole painting business for 5 years. I recently started learning to play the piano and I enjoy it very much.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born into a Mormon home and being taught the gospel my whole life, you might think I was told that this is what I was and I had no choice but to be a Mormon. I admit as a child, living in Utah, I did think everyone was a Mormon. I had no idea that there was any other religions out there, but there comes a time in everyone's life when they have to ask themselves "Is this really what I believe or is it simply what I have been told to believe?" I had to find out for myself if what I had been taught my whole life was true. So I took the example of Joseph Smith and went to the Lord in prayer. I started with simple concepts I had been taught and asked if they were true. Line upon line I was taught by the spirit that this Gospel is true. I still go to the Lord when I have a question about my faith and ask him to help me understand. Being a Mormon does not save you from trials, but it does help you get through them with the Lords help. I have developed a sacred relationship with the Savior through this process and I know he knows me and loves me. I can't imagine my life not being a Mormon. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to find out for myself that the Gospel is the reason for my happiness. Now that I am a mother and have raised my children in the church, I am seeing the joy in their eyes the Gospel brings and they are starting to the see it in their children's lives as well.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day by starting it with a prayer. I ask my Heavenly Father to help me through my day. I also try to read out of the scriptures on a daily basis, this helps me to remember how I should conduct myself during the days activities. I am in the presidency of the women's organization of my ward. We meet as a presidency weekly to discuss the needs of the women and how we can help them. My responsibility is to help with the teaching of the women about our faith and gospel principles. Both I and my husband are Temple workers. We are assigned to help in the Temple one day a week. I try to live my life with Jesus as my example at all times and in all situations. I love to gather my family around me and create wonderful memories. We try to discuss ways to improve our relationships and how blessed we are to have this Gospel in our lives. I end every day with a prayer as well, of gratitude for the knowledge I have and the happiness it brings to me and my family.