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Hi I'm Marilyn

I grew up in Mesa, Arizona, USA. I graduated from Westwood High School. I am a mother of 10 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I raised 10 children, all individuals, all unique. Some went through the public school systems, some were homeschooled for part or most of their education. I enjoy teaching and love to see the excitement of children's natural curiosity. When the UPS man would deliver our homeschool texts out to the remote location of our home in Utah, he asked if he could take a picture of my excited children receiving their school books. He said he wished his children had such a desire to learn. Through the years I owned and operated several in home daycare centers. I also helped several of my daughters start their own centers. Being with children is very rewarding for me. I have 40 grandchildren with more on the way. I have sensitive skin so I make my own soaps, lotions, healing creams, etc. I love to garden and grow or produce most of our food under the direction of my wonderful and supportive husband. We have Nubian milk goats and laying chickens. We grow herbs as well as fruits and veggies. We live on 10 acres of land and have been blessed with the best neighbors in the world, one of which is our son and his family. We feel as if we are grandparents to all the kids in the neighborhood. My husband is a builder and I work with him and he helps me prepare food for our daughter's daycare. That is, until we suddenly were directed by the Spirit to serve a mission in Croatia. We are now living in Varazdin as Member and Leadership Support Missionaries.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about 11 years old I was standing with a group of girls. I asked if they were Mormon. One said no, but that it didn't matter. We are all the same. She said that she was a Catholic because her parents are Catholic. The other girl was a Baptist because her parents are Baptist, and that I was a Mormon because my parents are Mormon. That was very troubling for me. What if it were true and didn't matter? Something deep inside of me wouldn't let this statement go unanswered. In fact, at the time I was angry with my mother who had remarried and I felt that she had changed. I missed my father terribly. This would be the perfect opportunity to hurt my mother, to deny her faith. Just as I had determined to do just that, a thought came to my mind that my father loved the Church of Jesus Christ and would also be disappointed. That took me to the next step. I had been taught that if you read the Book of Mormon and pray about it you would know it was true. I didn't believe that anymore. I decided that I would read the Book of Mormon, feel nothing, then be done with Mormonism forever! Freedom! I secretly read in bed by the street light that shown in my window. When I was done I took note that I didn't understand a thing I read, felt nothing as I had planned, and would now break the news to my mother. I was very much looking forward to seeing her face when I did. While in that thought, another thought came into my mind...but you didn't pray. Begrudgingly I knelt to pray, telling Heavenly Father that I really didn't believe in Him, but that my parents did so that is why I was talking to Him. I told Him I read the Book of Mormon and didn't learn or feel anything so that must mean it isn't really true. I still felt nothing. Finally I did it. I curiously asked directly, is the Book of Mormon true? At this time a unforgettable feeling overpowered me assuring me the Church and Book of Mormon were true. I cannot and will not ever forget that. My life was forever changed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on a minute by minute basis. My Savior is always near and ready to help and comfort me. This has been a great blessing in my life. I have often taken it for granted not realizing that everyone didn't have this gift. I lost my father to cancer when I was 7. I think that is when our Heavenly Father began carrying me as it was a great loss for me. Scripture study and prayer are a daily habit. When my children were in school I served on the Parent Teacher Organization Board and was a homeroom mother. I have served in the Cub Scouts as Den Leader to all the various groups. I enjoyed coaching church volleyball, basketball, and softball teams for the teenaged girls church programs. I spent over 35 years teaching children from ages 1 1/2 to 18 on Sundays the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the innocence and pure love these children have for our Savior. I have served the women of our church and visit several families each month. That has been a very rewarding experience. I have taken the teenaged girls from our church to girls camp for 4 days of fun and spiritual development. I now serve as a missionary and am loving it! When we serve in church callings with the above activities we do so as volunteers because we believe that when we are in the service of our fellow men, we are only in the service of our God.