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Hi I'm Maralee

About Me

I'm a writer and a cook and a computer programmer and a violinist and a nerd and a mom and...well, pretty much everything interests me! I got my degree in computer science and worked as a video game programmer for several years, but now I am a freelance writer and programmer in addition to being a stay-at-home mom to two adorable (and occasionally infuriating!) (but mostly adorable!) little boys.

Why I am a Mormon

Worship is such a personal topic, it's difficult for me to share in a open forum like this, but I want the world to know that I believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Savior of the world, and that the gospel is the only freedom there is. I look at how the world rehashes old ideas every few years as if they are new: how selfishness is redressed as "self-expression", how anger and being easily offended are appropriated as "tolerance". There are no new ideas and getting with the "new program" leaves us empty, over and over again. I've only ever found real happiness in gospel principles: faith, love, service, marriage, family, etc. These are the only ideas that endure and the only things that are true. We need to conserve these truths and stand up for them!

How I live my faith

In the Church, I have been a teacher (both of adults and little children!), a song leader, a computer expert, a program designer, a speaker, and a listener. Right now I am the organizer for our ward's women's mid-week meetings, which (hopefully!) translates gospel principles learned in our Sunday meetings into practical applications our sisters can use in their daily lives. I love the women in our ward and how deeply they care for and serve each other and I love the feeling that comes from being in these meetings, sharing our emotions and experiences so that we can all go out a little stronger in the world. I am also a visiting teacher, which means I have sisters assigned to me that it is my privilege to serve and care for. I have my own visiting teachers who do so many wonderful things for me, I can never express my gratitude enough for their help! We are deeply blessed to have such a powerful organization behind us, strengthening us in our enduring pursuit to live the gospel.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

This is the key to my faith, that the idea of heaven is not some amorphous place in the clouds where we will sit and play harps and lounge around for eternity. Just as we have goals in this life to better ourselves, to gain knowledge and understanding and to grow in wisdom, we have a goal FOR this life: to become like our Heavenly Father. He is a literal father, meaning we are truly His children and we have the chance to have what He has. Living a life according to the gospel is preparing us for the life that He leads because He is a living personage with a perfected body and spirit. He wants us to be perfected, too, and experience the joy that He has in His children. Everything in this life is geared toward a greater life beyond this one and is a semblance of what that life can hold: marriage and children and family for all eternity. We're blessed to know that this is not the end of the relationships that we have, that we can be sealed together as a family and never lose each other. Do you look at the people you love and think that no God would allow you to be pulled apart? That the fact that we love in this life means that love is something that continues and should continue, long past death? The members of our Church don't just entertain this idea--it is the core of the gospel. Our Father in Heaven wants to share with us everything that He has, just as any good father does. And through the Atonement of Christ, we CAN share it. Show more Show less