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Hi I'm Marilyn

I'm a mother of 5 and grandmother of 8. I love traveling, golf, tennis, racquetball, softball and creating jewelry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived from coast to coast in the United States and have added many wonderful "family" members (friends who become like family). I have always felt that "If I'm too busy for family and friends, I'm too busy!" I love having friends and making new friends. I have a wonderful husband, 5 children and 10 grandchildren. They are the joy of my life. While my children were in school I loved volunteering in the schools to be close to them and to make sure that they received a great education. I also feel much joy and satisfaction from serving in my community. My mother-in-law lives with us and it's an honor to serve her, as she has served and loved us for so many years. I'm an "empty nester" with 2 children living at home again. It is wonderful to get a chance to get to know my family as adults and still help and guide them and learn from them. I love playing tennis, racquetball, softball, golf, bowling, etc. I especially love being in the mountains so that I can have a greater view of this beautiful world. I enjoy making jewelry and creating things with my hands. I just love DOING something. I love going for a walk daily with my sister (or other family or friends). We take our cell phones and can talk as we walk for hours even though we don't live in the same state. I especially love visiting my children and grandchildren. It's so wonderful to see a beautiful new baby born into this world. I just wish they all lived much closer to me.

Why I am a Mormon

When I lived in Florida, hurricane Wilma was threatening Florida. The news media said that it wouldn't be severe, so we didn't put our hurricane shutters up to protect our home. I went to Church that Sunday and our Stake President (the Priesthood leader over about 10 congregations) told us to go home and put our hurricane shutters up and to help our neighbors because it was going to be much worse than they thought. We did so, and the eye of the hurricane passed over our home and there was great damage throughout the city. It would have been much worse for us if we hadn't listened to our Priesthood leader who was inspired from above to warn us. I'm grateful for our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who like the prophets of old, is a voice of warning. He leads, guides and directs as Christ would, if he were still on the earth. I am grateful every day for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. I'm grateful that I know that I am a daughter of God and that even though it's painful to lose a loved one, we will be together again in the eternities. Much sorrow and heartache is taken away through the Atonement and the knowledge that I have been "Sealed" in the temple, not just married, to my husband for time and all eternity and that my children will be mine forever. I will be together again with my parents, who I love dearly, who have passed on before me. The most important information I can share with you is the knowledge that my Savior, Jesus Christ, Atoned for my (and everyone in the world) sins. When I view others as actual Children of God, as they really are, then I can love them as my brother and sister, regardless of their looks, circumstances, race, religion or what they have done with their life. I know that the Lord has a plan for me (and everyone) and that he is in the details of my life. I'm a Mormon because the direction and boundaries that the gospel gives me helps me to: avoid problems, guides, strengthens and blesses my life and that of my family.

How I live my faith

I am in the leadership of the Relief Society, women's organization. I enjoy creating activities to help them to build and strengthen their families and their testimonies of Christ. I like to start each day with a prayer and read some scriptures. I can act more Christ-like when I do. It also helps me to focus on the really "important" things in life (things of an eternal nature). How grateful I am for the scriptures in my life (the Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine & Covenants, and the written words of the prophet and apostles). They lend hope and understanding even in the darkest moments. How grateful I am for my Saviour that atoned for my weaknesses, offering me the gift of eternal life and exaltation with those I love if I will but follow His example. The first weekend of April and October a General Conference is held in Salt Lake City, Utah and broadcast throughout the world. I have the opportunity to listen to the prophet, Thomas S. Monson and the apostles speak. They know the will of the Lord and tell us what we need to do to become more Christ-like. I Pray, Listen and Follow their words and if you do too, you will know, as I do, what the Lord wants you to do or know. Through prayer I am given inspiration to make correct decisions. I know that the Holy Ghost will guide and direct you too through any trial if you but ask. I try to Remember that the Lord has His "arm stretched out still" to me and to you. He will never give up on me or you…don't give up on yourself. I know that when we learn to see ourselves through HIS eyes we can fulfill our full potential. We have great potential and are stronger than we think! Remember, you are never alone. You can do ALL THINGS, if you do all things with the help of the Lord! I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's church upon this earth. I know that serving the Lord and his people brings great joy. I love my Savior with all of my heart and hope that you do too!