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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a wife, I'm a mom of two beautiful children, I'm an advocate for autism research and support , and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a native Californian. I was adopted as a baby and raised by two loving and righteous parents. I am a mother to two very fun, very sweet children, one of whom has autism. I have a loving husband who works hard for our family and enjoys his time with us when he's home. I like to travel, sing, get lost in a good book, and play with my children. And even with all of the things I juggle day to day I am also finishing up my bachelor's degree through correspondence classes. Some days I don't know how I'll do it all but I know that I have my friends, my family, and most importantly, my Savior to lift me and guide me through it all.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised in the church I would say that I have always had a testimony, whether big or small. As a child I relied a lot on the testimony of my parents as I grew and was able to learn the principles and find out for myself. When I was 16 years old I really felt like I needed to stop relying on my parents and be able to say that I knew the church was true. I remember days of studying the scriptures, attending seminary and young women's and really praying that I would be able to know the truth. One afternoon after school as I sat in my room I remember opening the scriptures and as I read them I just had this overwhelming feeling of comfort and peace. A thought came to my mind that of course it is true, I've always known it, I just needed to let go of my parents testimony long enough to realize that I had developed my own testimony that I could lean on. Since that day I have never once looked back at the choices I've made to be an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that it is true and I want to share it with all those around me so they can enjoy the beauty and the happiness that can come from being a member of this church.

How I live my faith

In our ward (church) group I, along with three other leaders, work with the 8-12 year old girls and hold 2 activities a month that focus on gospel principles such as learning and living the gospel, serving others, and developing talents. I am so grateful that this is where I have been able to serve the past year. These girls are at such a great age and we have a wonderful time. I am also able to serve in our church as a visiting teacher which means I am assigned 2-3 women in our church congregation to watch over. I am asked to visit with them each month, share a spiritual message with them, and see to any needs or concerns they may be having. When women in our church have new babies or are sick we bring them meals, we arrange babysitting for their children, sometimes we clean their house if that is what would help them. In the calling as a visiting teacher we are participating in watch care and have the opportunity to make sure that every sister is being cared for, appreciated, strengthened, and loved.