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Hi I'm Mary

I am a public speaker. I teach home-schooled youth. I am a Mormon

About Me

I love to sing! Whether it be washing dishes, driving my family to all of their many activities, or even shopping, you'll usually find me either bouncing to an unheard beat, absent-mindedly humming Michael Buble, or bursting into song when a word you just said reminded me of that one Broadway song. I sing hymns around the piano with my family, as well as my friends. Life is always brighter when you've got a good background track. Teaching kids who decided to take on their education independently is also one of the biggest thrills of my life. Especially when we've decided to cast, block, direct, and perform a play together in three days. Or when we look into why in the world Shakespeare was so great. There is always something unique and unprecedented in every class, and I love it! I also have a love/hate relationship with public speaking, and I competed in oration all throughout high school. I love to share concepts such as moral vertigo, inspire my audience to hope in the future, and point out what can be done to help society become better, but when it has reached midnight the night before the tournament and I still haven't memorized my speech, I often wish that I had decided to pursue something that's not so stressful, such as knitting. Or goldfish raising.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because God told me that this was His church on the earth today. I was blessed to be born to a wonderful mother who taught me to worship God from birth. She told me that I was His daughter, that He loved me, and that He would answer my prayers. She encouraged me from a young age to find out the answers to my questions myself, and to turn to my Heavenly Father for answers. I remember the first time I prayed to know about the Book of Mormon. I wasn't much older than eight or nine when I finished it for the first time. Just like my mother had taught me, and just as the book itself counseled, I knelt down and frankly asked my Heavenly Father if the book were true. I waited, expecting to be consumed in a pillar of spiritual fire as an answer to my prayer. Nothing happened. I was very disappointed. Why had God not answered me? I slowly stood up, and as I went back out to my family, I forgot the experience. I started the book again, continued to attend my church meetings, keep a journal, say a simple prayer every morning and night, and I continued to take every opportunity to go up to the podium and bear my childish testimony of God. As I finished the book again, a little older and wiser, I realized that God had answered my question. Sure, I hadn't been consumed in a spiritual pillar of flame. But, looking back, I saw that God had answered me a little bit every day. He taught me to be brave and face the mean girls through the story of Nephi following God's command and building a boat, even when his brothers thought he was being silly. He taught me to be okay with my flaws when He told Moroni that all men were blessed with weakness that He might make us strong. And He taught me that obedience always leads to blessings as the wicked in the book were punished and the righteous blessed again and again and again. This time, when I knelt down, I didn't even have to ask. God's spirit filled my heart, and I knew that it was true.

How I live my faith

I just finished working with the youth in the church -- primarily the young women. What a blast! Many times a month the youth leadership prayerfully meet together to plan group activities, spiritual experiences, and church lessons. From manicures, to camping, to caring for the elderly, to guest speakers, to music videos, to self-defense classes, and to scripture study nights, we carefully planned activities which let the girls explore the truths of the gospel in every area of their lives. In addition to planning these activities, we also discussed the personal needs of each girl, whether it be family struggles or needing a ride to school. Together, we prayerfully thought of a plan to help each of them, and then reported our efforts and results. Currently, I have been called to the work of taking photo copies of old records, such as census reports and marriage licenses, and typing them up so that we may be able to figure out the names of those who have died without receiving the gospel. Then we can take their names and do their ordinances for them, such as baptism, after which they may choose to accept our work or not.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

What we do in the temple is not kept quiet because it is confidential or bad, but because it is sacred. In the bible, Christ counsels His disciples to be careful with sacred concepts, because if they are shared openly, they will become dirty and common (see Matthew 7:6). As an example, God is a sacred being, but because His name is openly known and used, many use it as a swear word. However, we do respectfully share some things which we do in the temple. One example is baptisms for those who have gone before us. In addition to baptizing those who are alive, we do proxy baptisms for those who have died without that opportunity. Many people have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel. However, through our work in the temple, they may still be able to. As a youth, I went to the temple often to do proxy baptisms for those who have passed on. I feel joy in knowing that they may now be a member of our church, even though some have waited for someone to be baptized for them for hundreds of years. Show more Show less