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Hi I'm Marilyn

I'm the mother of 7 children, a Realtor, and my favorite pastimes are hiking, photography, and oil painting. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy creating and designing more than anything else, whether it be landscape design, gardening, photography or oil painting. I also love the outdoors - especially hiking in the mountains. My husband and I have been blessed with seven wonderful children, five daughters and two sons. We currently have sixteen grandchildren, eleven of whom live nearby. We enjoy spending time with all of them at family get-togethers, visiting nearby national parks, hiking, and sporting events. Our children are very active, and most of them are adventuresome and athletic. Some run marathons and most of them snow ski or snowboard. One daughter owns a gym and teaches fitness classes, and one daughter, now a mother in her 30's, owns a cheer/tumbling business and can still do back flips or walk on her hands across an entire stage. Our oldest son has an online automotive business, and has recently taken up flying ultralights. I think they inherited their coordination from their father, and their entrepreneurship from me. I have been a Realtor for many years, and love helping people sell and find their new homes. I love advising them on how to improve their yards and homes as they prepare to sell, and to find and buy that "just right" home they are looking for. My ancestry is primarily Swedish. It was surprising to find out from a recent Ancestry.com DNA test that I am 93% Scandinavian - which means that I am more Swedish than most natives, who have averaged 84% Scandinavian in the same test.

Why I am a Mormon

I cannot remember a time when I did not believe in God. Although my immediate family was Lutheran and my extended family was Baptist (two of my grandfathers were Baptist ministers), I can't remember attending church more than a few times as a child. I remember as a little girl lying in bed at night, wondering what God's purpose was for creating us. What really was the point of it all? Was it to watch us like some kind of giant soap opera, just for entertainment? I also remember as a child having a very frightening experience where I feared for my safety. The only prayer I knew was the "Now I lay me down to sleep," one, so I said it over and over until I was able to get to a place where I felt safe. Even though the words were not exactly appropriate to the situation, I felt, recognized and then never forgot the warm and comforting feeling that descended upon and stayed with me until I reached my destination. Later, as a young teenager, I had the opportunity to spend the summer with my older sister and her husband in Washington, D.C. She had converted to the Mormon or LDS Church a couple of years earlier and had been living in Utah; I intended to attend a Baptist church that summer. When she came to pick me up, she was sitting in the back seat and I was in the front seat of the car. I remember turning back to face her and asking, "Tell me - what is so different about your church?" I had heard all sorts of stories, and was curious. She gave me a simple, one line reply stating that the Church was lead by a prophet of God, who held the priesthood, or had authority from God. There was nothing special about this answer. I'm not sure I even understood it completely. But immediately when she said it, I felt that same warm, comforting feeling I had felt after praying as a frightened child to God for help, and somehow knew it to be a witness from God that what she was telling me was indeed true. I was baptized at age 17 and have remained faithful ever since.

How I live my faith

Through the years I have served in many capacities in the LDS or "Mormon" church, teaching the youth in Sunday School, the teenage girls in Young Women, teaching the children in Primary (like a Sunday School for grade-school and younger children), and teaching and leading the women's organization, which is called Relief Society. I have loved been a visiting teacher to other women in the congregations we have participated in. In our community I recently served as a board member for a local organization that assists the mentally handicapped and their families, and on our city Parks and Trails / Beautification committee. My latest adventure will start in July of 2016 when my husband and I leave to serve a 23-month volunteer church mission in Adelaide, Australia. There has been a tender spot in my heart for the peoples of the South Pacific since I was in high school, and who doesn't love anything Australian? I am excited to help others come unto Christ and thus share the peace and joy that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bring into people's lives. It is hard to imagine what my life would be like now if it were not for my conversion to Christ through this church. With my love of the outdoors, I also hope to see what Australian national parks are like when my mission is finished, and to snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef before we return home.