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Hi I'm Mary

I knit, love chocolate, photography, a good book, a good movie, good company, and homemade chicken noodle soup. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of four children in my family two girls, two boys, in that order. My dad passed away in 2005 from brain cancer. I love reading, writing stories and poetry, scrapbooking, photography. I'm learning how to play the guitar after owning one for almost nine years and not learning much more than half of one song. BUT, give me enough yarn and a pattern and I will make anything you want. I believe in always studying the scriptures, no matter how many times I've read them before. Something new pops out every time. In fact, it wasn't until 2010 that I found my favorite scripture Romans 835-39. To summarize it, these verses say that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God - nothing that we do, nothing that others might do. God's love is ALWAYS there.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converted to the Church two years after they were married, one year before my birth. So I have been raised as a member and was baptized when I was eight years old. I remember first really gaining a testimony of the gospel, and of the Book of Mormon, during my high school years when I attended early-morning seminary (a scripture study class). My teacher was the one that helped me to really love the scriptures... even if I've forgotten to study them. In the year we studied the Book of Mormon, I willingly applied myself to Moroni's promise that if we "ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ [after we have read the Book of Mormon], he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:4-5) The Holy Spirit witnessed to me that the Book of Mormon is true. Just a few years ago I remembered hearing leaders in the church encouraging us to ask if the Church itself was true. Being a life-long member, I never understood the need to do that. We're members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! Why would we need to ask? But, one day I decided, "Okay, okay. I'll ask." The answer came quietly but firmly: "You already know." I do know. I believe with my whole soul that this is the true Church. And my activity in the church is about my devotion to God, not about what others think of me.

How I live my faith

When I was a teen, I would sometimes join the sister missionaries for an evening of visiting people that were investigating the church. They were opportunities to share the gospel with these investigators - though more often than not, I let the missionaries do the talking because I was too shy to actually speak up. I've held several callings in the church: Primary teacher (children's Sunday School), a counselor in our Young Women organization, Relief Society (women's organization) teacher, branch genealogy specialist, and now Youth Sunday School teacher. Having been raised to know that my body is a temple, I do not wear immodest clothing or tattoos. As a college student, I've had opportunities to share my beliefs with classmates and other students.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Mary
We KNOW that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We know that Jesus came to earth, received a mortal body, taught us how to live, love and serve one another, suffered for our sins in Gethsemane and on the cross, died and rose again the third day. We know that He will come again. We know that He IS our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Mary
From what I can recall learning, the nickname "Mormons" was given to the Church by its enemies because of the Book of Mormon. They believed it was our "Mormon Bible" and that we didn't use the Bible or worship Christ. I imagine that "Mormon" is still in use today because it's easier to say than the full name of the church, yet that is not the name of the Church. The official name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We worship Jesus Christ and so carry His name in the title of our church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mary
Absolutely not! The Savior helped people from all walks of like during his mortal ministry. We do the same, in all times, all situations, "Mormon" or not, we are ready to give aid to anyone that needs it. The Savior said in Matthew: "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visted me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:35-40) Why should we not follow His example? Show more Show less