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Hi I'm Marci

I work with special needs students at a nearby high school. I am married with six kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi. Here is a bit about me. My husband, Brian, and I are busy raising 3 teenagers. We are also pleased to be supporting our nineteen year old son who is serving an LDS mission in Mexico. As a missionary, he teaches the gospel and helps people come unto Christ. We have a married daughter, and we are trying to be good long-distance parents to her, our son-in-law, and our sweet little grand daughter, Lily. My twenty five year old son works nearby and we get to see him often. I love being a mom and a grandma, and I love children. I love my husband and enjoy experiencing life by his side. We especially enjoy going on Friday night dates together. I have a very fulfilling job working one-on-one with special needs students at a nearby high school helping them to maintain good grades in their mainstream classes. Life is hard sometimes, but always good. I attribute its goodness to living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I had no idea that life would be so hard! This world we live in is sometimes a crazy place and it seems to only get crazier. If you don't agree, you probably don't have teenagers. lol !! Christ's gospel keeps my family focused on what's important. We have a prophet who leads and guides us. He has counseled families to have daily scripture study and prayer and have weekly family nights. These things, as well as attending church meetings, keep my family strong focused on what is important. Because of this church my children have standards set by prophets to live by. They also have teachers and leaders who support my husband and me in our efforts to raise them to be good, happy, and productive people. Because of the gospel, I have no doubt of my own worth. I know who I am-- a child of God! I am grateful to be His daughter and I am grateful to have the gospel of His son, Jesus Christ in my life!

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is to fulfill my callings in the church. I am a leader of the young women in my stake. A stake is a group of congregations. I am grateful to be working in this capacity especially because oneo of my own daughters are in the young women program. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to serve the beautiful young women of my stake and their leaders! I also am privileged to serve as a visiting teacher in my ward. A ward is a congregation. Every woman in our ward has two visiting teachers. As visiting teachers, another sister in our ward and I make monthly visits to three sweet women. We visit a young mom with 4 little children who are so cute! We also visit a young sister who is about 19 years old and is mentally challenged. The other sister we visit is my next-door neighbor and longtime friend. I love her so much! I love sharing gospel messages with these sisters, making fun notes and gifts for them, and serving them when they are in need.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Marci
Well, Mormon women are a diverse group of people who share a common love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mormon women take care of each other, visit each other, and teach each other. We believe that men and women are equally loved and valued by our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. They are likewise equally loved and valued in our church. We believe that men and women alike will find greatest happiness by living the gospel of Jesus Christ in families. Mormon women value family and expend their greatest efforts in loving and supporting their husbands and nurturing their children. Mormon men likewise value family and expend their greatest efforts in loving and supporting their wives and children. We help and respect each other both in the church and in the family. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Marci
I give 10 percent of my income to the Church. This is called tithing. I pay tithing because I believe God commanded us to do so. God gives this commandment in the book of Malachi in the Bible. "Will a man rob God? yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed the? In tithes and offerings. Bring ye all the thithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Malachi 3:8&10) I believe this scripture. I believe tithing is a commandment and I believe tithing is a blessing. I know it has blessed my life. Though we have a modest income (my husband is a school teacher), we have always had what we need to raise our family. We pay our tithing first and the Lord blesses us. Show more Show less

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

Marci
The Mormon church absolutely does not endorse political parties. I feel that the platforms of both political parties endorse some good things and that no party has all the answers. I feel that it is my duty to be active in the political process and vote for the person I think is most in line with my personal and political beliefs. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Marci
The Book of Mormon contains the writings of many ancient prophets who lived on the American continent. The prophet, Mormon took these writings, compiled them and engraved them on metal plates. His son, Moroni, buried them in the earth to keep them safe. When it was time to bring forth the writings of these ancient prophets, God sent Moroni as a heavenly messenger to Joseph Smith and revealed to him where the plates were buried. Moroni command Joseph to translate them, print them, and send them forth to all the people of the earth. Because of God's love for us, we have these amazing words which I know are true. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Marci
Families are central to our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. Although family life can be challenging, it also offers us the greatest chance of happiness in this life and the next. In families we learn to care about others more than ourselves, to serve and love more deeply than in any other relationship. As a Mormon, I believe that family bonds don't end with this life. I believe that I can live with my family forever. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Marci
One custom mentioned in the question is how we dress for church. On Sunday we dress in our best clothes. This does not mean we deck ourselves out in finery, it means that we dress as respecfully and reverently as we can. Men wear slacks, dress shirts (usually white), and ties. Women wear modest dresses or skirts and dressy (as opposed to casual) footwear. My desire in dressing this way is to add to, never detract from, the reverence of the meeting. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Marci
I believe that faith grows from faithfulness. In other words, when we are faithful to the commandments of God, we see the blessings in our lives, and our faith in Him grows. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Marci
My nineteen year old son, Matt is serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While others of his age are usually pursuing degrees, working at jobs, and dating girls, Matt is spending two years of his life sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Mexico. Why does he choose to do this? I believe that it is because the gospel of Jesus Christ brings him joy and he wants to share that joy with others. Show more Show less