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Hi I'm Marjorie Sivula

I was raised in a small rural community in Idaho, USA. I returned to that same community to raise my family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a very loving family. I have three sisters including a twin and one brother. I grew up in a rural area so I learned to work hard. I stacked hay, dug post holes, walked the electric fence looking for breaks, picked potatoes and milked cows. My Dad believed that everyone who lived here should do something to be productive and he taught me to work. My Mom was always busy and helping too. She was a great example of service and being kind to others. I graduated from high school and went off to college. I attended a state university where I studied nutrition and dietetics. I think of this period of my life as when I grew and figured out who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. Shortly after graduation, I met the best friend of my life. We were married in an LDS temple and started our own family. We have three daughters and two sons who are all grown now. Each has completed a college degree. And our sons each served a mission for the church. Now we have fourteen grandchildren and are expecting more in the future. I like to spend time with my grandchildren, travel with my husband, scrapbook our adventures, and study the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God. I believe He came to earth and lived a perfect life so I would have a perfect example to follow that I might be able to return to live with my Heavenly Father forever. I know that Jesus lived and died on this earth and then was resurrected to fulfill all righteousness. He atoned for all of my sins as well as taking upon Himself all of my trials and tribulations that I might have eternal life with my earthly family. I believe the Book of Mormon as it teaches the full doctrine of Jesus Christ. And I know it was translated by a modern day prophet, Joseph Smith. I believe in modern day prophets as well as the prophets I learn about from ancient scripture like the Holy Bible. I am a Mormon because of doctrines such as eternal families, the plan of salvation, and the restoration of the Gospel here in this dispensation. These principles give me great hope and peace for the future.

How I live my faith

I love to go to church every Sunday. It is good to feel the spirit as I worship with family, friends and neighbors. I have worked with the cub scouts, in the young women organization, and in the children's program. I enjoy being a teacher. Once I worked with children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years of age which was a great experience. I have been involved in many service opportunities usually as a family. We have prepared meals for the elderly, chaperoned youth camp outs and other activities, cleaned homes, provided wood for families in need and helped with community fish fries. My husband and I are planning to serve a mission together. We have been assigned to the Oregon Eugene Mission. We are excited about this new opportunity in our lives. We hope to share the gospel with others with the desire that they will feel some of the same hope and peace that we do.