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Hi I'm Mary

I am a mother, a lover of children and diversity, a wife, a nurse practitioner, and I love Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife of nearly 20 years to a fantastic and funny guy and a mom to five wonderful children. I am a nurse practitioner. My career has spanned 22 years and includes nineteen years working at a children's hospital in Salt Lake City. I love children and I love advocating for them. My husband and I, with our children, have hosted an orphan from Ukraine twice and are looking forward to her coming to stay with us again. We recently hosted an exchange student from Germany and loved showing him life in America. I love the outdoors in Utah. Our world is so beautiful! My sisters and I enjoy walking, hiking, biking, swimming and running (when necessary ;) . We have participated in several bicycle rides, triathlons and short races. One day, I want to go to Hawaii and walk on the beach.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born to "goodly parents" as we like to say in the church. My parents ensured that I attended church every week. In addition to this, my mom taught us gospel truths around our dinner table. I was taught to love my fellow man, to give help when it was needed, not to worry about what the neighbors think and to tailor my actions to please my Savior. These truths were echoed and confirmed during Sunday worship. When I was a child, no more than 11 years old, the Spirit of God confirmed to me that these things were true. I was singing a hymn in Sacrament meeting, our Sunday worship. We sang "I Stand All Amazed". As we sang the words, " I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me. I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died." I KNEW that Jesus was the Christ. And I KNEW that I would always be a believer, a follower and hopefully, an ambassador of Jesus Christ. As I grew and learned about the divine Plan of Happiness, I knew that I wanted to be sealed to my husband and children for all eternity. In 2007, my husband and I lost a baby boy, Caleb, mid-pregnancy. This was devastating. I cried the tears of a mother with a broken heart. But my tears were ameliorated by the promise of the temple. By the knowledge that this life is not the end. My Caleb will be in my arms again. Death is not the end. This gospel has brought me comfort, happiness and joy as I do the best to live it and put its truths to the test in my life. I invite you to give it a try.

How I live my faith

I am currently a Sunday School teacher to the 13 year old boys and girls in our congregation. This is so rewarding! As I teach them the simple truths of the gospel, I see that the future of our planet isn't dark or bleak. There are WONDERFUL people who have yet to reach adulthood. Last year, I was also blessed to serve as the medical director (distributor of bandaids, ice, pain relievers, etc) for our Girl's Camp for our area. There were about 300 total people in attendance over the four day camp. Again, these young people restore my faith in God, in humanity and in our world.

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

You can become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by learning more about the church and its teachings. You can begin here on mormon.org . Then you can meet with some of our missionaries who can come to your home to teach you more about Jesus Christ and his teachings. The missionaries will ask you to put into practice the teachings of the gospel. Some people will have habits that they have to change. Others will only have to continue to read, study and pray to know that this gospel is the Architects master plan of happiness. Once that decision has been made, you will be asked to accept baptism by immersion. After your baptism, you will have a member of the priesthood lay his hands on your head, confirm you a member of the Church and bless you with the gift of the Holy Ghost. Once a member of the church, in addition to attending church every week, you will be given a "calling" or job within the church. Some will teach Sunday school, others will lead music and still others will visit other members in their congregation each month. This is a blessing! I wish you the very best on your journey. Show more Show less