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Hi I'm Marla

I love to sing, cook, take pictures, and learn crafty things. Mostly, I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 40-something wife to a great husband, and mother to 6 great kids. Mostly, I am a stay-at-home mom, but I do work part-time as a crossing guard to help make ends meet. I'm also working toward becoming certified as a doula, or professional childbirth support person. I love, love, love to sing! I'm also a great cook, like to take pictures, read, and enjoy spending time with the fam on the beach. My newest interest is learning to be crafty...not like a fox, but like Martha Stewart! Who knew it was so much fun?

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family, so for my childhood, I was a Mormon by default. However, as I grew up, and especially after I left home after high school, I began to have personal experiences when I could feel the Holy Ghost testify that I was in the right place and following the right path for my life. When I was 21, I decided to serve a mission for The Church. It wasn't an easy 18 months for me, but it changed my life. During that time, I learned what it truly means to stay close to the Lord, to rely on Him for all of my needs, and to rejoice with Him and praise Him for all of my joys and successes. In the years since then, and especially since I've become a mother, my sure conviction that this is God's true church on earth has only grown and strengthened through both times of trial and times of peace and happiness. I rely on guidance from my Heavenly Father to help me know how best to teach and raise my sweet children. I also trust that as my husband and I work together to serve God, He will help our love for each other grow and our marriage strengthen. Most important to me is the knowlege I have that I can be with my husband and my children forever, even after this life. Because of our temple covenants, there is no "until death do you part". Our family is for time AND all eternity. It is my motivation for everything I do. My family is my greatest joy in this life and I am so very happy that they are mine forever.

How I live my faith

My current calling, or volunteer position, in our congregation is 2nd counselor in the Young Women's program, the Church's program for girls ages 12-18. I love working with these girls and helping them find a positive path through the precarious teenage years. As a family, we have also started a little service project. We're collecting aluminum cans that we find while walking through the neighborhood. After filling three or four garbage bags, we take the cans to a facility that buys scrap aluminum. At the end of the year, we'll take all the money we've earned and donate it to a yet-to-be-determined charitable cause. It's a great way to spend time together, help others in need, and do a little something to take care of our community.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church does not endorse political parties or individuals within political parties, not even those individuals who are members of the Church. As individuals, we are encouraged to play an active role in our communities and to take part in the political process. At election time, we are encouraged to get to know the candidates to the best of our abilities, study the issues that are important to us and where each candidate seems to stand on them, and then vote for the individuals who we feel best represent the priorities and values most important to us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No, Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere him, we respect him, we love him for the kind of man he was and what he accomplished for us. We believe he restored the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth, and for that we are ever grateful to him. We honor Jospeh Smith and believe him to be a true prophet as was Moses or Abraham in the Old Testament, or Paul in the New Testament. But we do not worship Joseph Smith, or any mortal man. We worship only God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Mormons absolutely believe in baptism. To be like the Savior, we need to follow his example in all things, including the need to be baptized. One difference between the Mormon's teachings of baptism and the teachings of some other Christian churches is that we don't believe that little children need baptism. In the Book of Mormon, Moroni 8:9-12 it says: "And after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God unto me wherefore, my beloved son, I know that it is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children. Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach-repentance and baptism unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their little children. And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling of the commandments unto the remission of sins. But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world..." We believe that until a child is mature enough to understand the difference between right and wrong, they cannot sin. Since baptism is for the purpose of repentacne and forgiveness through Christ, they have no need for baptism. We do not perform baptism for anyone under the age of eight, or the age of accountability. Before that age, we believe that children are saved through the atonement of Christ. Show more Show less