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Hi I'm Marcia

I grew up living all over the United States. I love people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have six children - 5 boys and one girl. They, as well as my husband, have always been the joy of my life. Our children are now grown and have families of their own and our little group is 36 strong. The 24 grandchildren bring to the mix a new generation of love and activity. We have fun playing (swimming, skiing, group sports), working, and worshipping together. As my kids grew up, I spent much of my time and efforts volunteering and being involved in their activities. One of the most memorable and gratifying was being able to coach their soccer teams for almost 17 years. Together we worked hard, practiced long hours, and learned the lessons of winning gracefully as well as the valuable disappointment of losing. We laughed and became close as we did our best in this athletic endeavor. I can only stand back now and watch, with much pride, the next generation coaching their kids. The cycle continues. It is said that a parent's influence, for good or bad, can echo for many generations, but I realized a long time ago that no matter how much I may have taught my children, I have gained much more from them. An echo continues backward as well as forward. I like to be involved and make a difference. I don't like conflict but am never one to back down if someone or something is unfair. I love life and think that people are great.

Why I am a Mormon

The question of why I am a Mormon and a follower of Christ is an easy one for me to answer. From my early years as a child, I remember being taught from the scriptures and, even at a young age, I could feel the truth in them. The accounts of the incredible feats of courage, faith, honor, charity, and steadfastness by the good men and women who were trying to follow God touched my heart and made me want to be like them. As I studied more, the spirit confirmed to me the truthfulness of Jesus coming to live on earth, living a perfect life, being crucified to atone for my sins and then, as prophesied, being resurrected. I know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Because that basically is what the Christian world as a whole believes, why do I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon) and not a member of one of the other good faiths that are out there? That is an excellent question and one about which I have given a great deal of thought. Being raised a Mormon gave me a great background but, when I was a teenager, I knew that I needed to personally receive my own testimony of whether or not being a Mormon was the right way for me to testify for and of Christ. I considered other religions, but always returned to the teachings of my youth. To put it simply, to me the tenets of the Mormon faith always made the most sense and when I would pray about wanting to know the truth of God's will on earth, the spirit always confirmed to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true. I have felt the spirit many times since and the answer has not ever changed. I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy and helps me become closer to Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith to the best of my ability in every aspect of my life. Mormonisn is a faith that teaches me, as a follower of Christ, to be honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. As a Mormon, I am encouraged to serve and contribute not only in our church but also in our civic community and in the world, as a whole. Whether I have been teaching a Sunday School class, supporting our local schools in the PTSA, coaching youth sport teams, leading a service project, or helping a neighbor, I know that as I attempt to follow Jesus Christ in this way, I find great joy. I have also been able to meet the most incredible people along the way. The scriptures say that charity is the pure love of Christ and my goal is to have charity for all. Even though I am obviously not perfect in that as yet, I do know the more I live the gospel, the better person I become and the closer I am to Jesus Christ.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Marcia
Mormons believe in the Bible because it is the word of God. It is a remarkable work of scripture. The Bible covers the history of God's dealings with his children in the Holy Land. Mormons use the King's James version of the Bible which consists of both the Old and New Testaments. When we read the Bible, it gives us knowledge and spiritual insight of the Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

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

Marcia
Mormon women just like any other women. We laugh. We cry. We are strong. We are weak. We're happy. We're sad. We love life. We have a hard time with life. We are faithful. We get discouraged. We are beautiful. We wonder if we are okay. We accomplish. We struggle. We love and know that Christ is our Savior and Lord and he loves us and knows us personally, just as our Father in Heaven does. I have never thought that there was an equality issue in the Mormon church. I am a pretty strong person and I have never felt like a second class citizen in any way. I can't run as fast as my husband but then he can't organize an event as well as I can. The church works with people's strengths and potential in the framework that the Lord has set. Show more Show less