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Hi I'm Mary-Jane

I grew up on a farm in the Midwest, I'm a Christian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a sister and I'm a Mom, I have three children, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. I was widowed suddenly and unexpectedly on September 15, 2011, I crochet, knit, garden and sew. I bought a cream tone-on-tone tablecloth at a thrift store for $3.00, and made a suit for myself out of it. Bill was so proud of me when I wore it that I wore it to his funeral. I am an avid reader, will read anything decent I can get my hands on. I met my eternal companion when I was working at a BBQ restaurant. He would come in every night and eat dinner and hang out. One day the carbonation tank needed changing and I was clueless. He changed it, and I was leaning over to check it out, when he grabbed me around the waist, from behind. I was startled and stood up and cracked his chin with my head. We both felt the impact. He left for 2 weeks, and when he came back, my heart gave this funny little flip, and I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. I have been a carhop, PBX, secretary, billing clerk, telephone operator, factory worker and waitress.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a little girl, I asked my Mom, "Why are we on Earth?" She said,"To glorify God." So immediately my 129 IQ popped back with, "How do we do that?" She did not have the answer. I went to 5 or 6 churches in my teen years. I must have been looking for something, because none of them touched me in any way at all. So I became an agnostic, if God existed, why couldn't I find him? Bill introduced me to his Church, he had been an inactive member, but I had three kids when we married, and he wanted them to go to Church. So he went also. I attended, and we moved because he worked construction. At the new Church I met a friend, Vicki. After I had attended a few times she asked if she could send the missonaries to my house. I said,"Sure, why not?" When they were giving me the lesson on where we came from, why we're here, and where we're going, I felt a burning in my bosom. The Holy Ghost was telling me that what they were telling me was true. It answered my question I had asked my mother so long ago. It did not come easy, I did a lot of praying and crying before it happened. I was baptized in 1966, and have never regretted it. Everything I need is in this Church. And gloriously I now know beyond the shadow of a doubt that there IS a God, that He and His Son Jesus Christ live, and that They know my name and know all about me. And wonder of wonders, They love me beyond human comprehension anyway. I attend every Sunday, if possible, it gives me what I need to get through the week, especially now. I try to read the scriptures every day and pray often during the day for the strength I need. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not just a Sunday thing, but a plan for our entire lives. If we live worthily, we can return someday to live with our eternal companion, and God and Jesus Christ. And it is all due to the atonement of Christ that we are saved from death, and can live with Him again

How I live my faith

I am called to teach the family history class in the ward. I go to people's houses, or they come to mine. It has been very effective, I have gotten to know some very choice sisters. Soon I will be instructing the ward members in indexing. We take old records and try to read the handwriting, and type the information onto forms. I have been doing England and Wales. It has been very illuminating. Through indexing, I have come across some fascinating job descriptions from the 1871s. I am also what is called a visiting teacher. Each month a companion and I visit assigned sisters in their homes, and check up on them in between times. I have a couple who are my home teachers. They visit once a month, and call more often to see if I need anything. They have been so helpful. If they can't do something, they will find someone who can. I also lead the singing for our women's organization. I love singing, it's a way of praising God. I have memorized many of our hymns, so I can sing them whenever I want.