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Hi I'm Marie

I am a teacher. I am American. I am Australian. I am feminist. I am the first of my family and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the United States and at 18 I moved to Australia where my mother comes from. I spent high school trying to fit in by trying all kinds of sports but ultimately found my passion in reading and writing books and in the theatre program. I currently study at University to be a primary school teacher. I was born to a Catholic family. I have two cats of my own and also care for rescued kittens until they can be adopted. I also dance for fun and exercise. I am a huge Doctor Who fanatic and love my two nieces more than anything.

Why I am a Mormon

Around 16 I decided that I didn't care if God existed or not. I was a strong, independent young woman didn't need a God. I could do it all on my own. I turned from the Catholic church. Two years later, I moved to Australia where my mum had come from. Several years later I started seeing a guy who was a less active Mormon. One day the missionaries came to his family's home and his dad invited us into the living room to say hello. Not expecting me to be there they were especially attentive to this young non-member. They asked me about my beliefs and invited me to take a book. I told them I would take it but probably am not going to be reading it any time soon. So they made an appointment to see me again the following week. A couple days later, curiosity got the better of me and I read the introduction. Like any good book, I was intrigued and wanted to keep reading so I read the first chapter, then the second, and so on until a week later these young missionaries were asking me if I had read any thing and I found myself answering "Yes" and followed by, to all our astonishment, "12 chapters." So I started taking lessons and nothing of the doctrine seemed all that strange. It all made sense actually. I started praying and then one day I found my prayers were being answered. So while I was away from home, I texted my missionaries and said that I wanted to be baptised when I came home! I found my favourite thing to do above all else was talk about my faith. Even in my first year I fell away from the church but quickly found my way back because I just wasn't happy living my old ways. I learned about the blessings of repentance and the Atonement and I haven't stopped thanking my Saviour since.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I am called as the Young Single Adult Representative and Relief Society Compassionate Service Assistant, and was only recently released from teaching Relief Society. I love my callings so much. Each brings blessings and the blessings from each are different. I remember questioning why I had been called to certain roles and the divinity of it, but one of those blessings has been to know that I am doing the Lord's work and to know that He put me there, no one else. As YSA Rep, I am plan activities for young single adults to grow in friendship and faith and potentially bring friends to church. As Compassionate Service Assistant, I help the Compassionate Service Leader in her calling which is to provide any assistance to the sisters of the ward (ie providing meals during times of grief or illness). I think I live my faith most in every day life. By being open and forthcoming about my faith, I've had several friends, family members, and colleagues ask me about the Church and its doctrine. This has led to at least two friends taking a Book of Mormon to read and three coming to church with me. I love talking about the Book of Mormon and the Church's doctrine so I love hanging out with the missionaries and helping them with their work however I am able. By not leaving the Gospel to Sunday and reading and living and practicing it EVERY day, I'm not just blessed and happy on Sunday but every day!