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Hi I'm Marsha

"I grew up in South Texas. I love the Lord and I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

About Me

Enjoy reading, writing in my journal, singing, volleyball, softball, bowling, dance, trying new foods, and traveling for the holidays. Don't spend hardly any time watching tv, but do enjoy a wholesome movie every now & then. Returned home from my mission (Canada Toronto West) about 6 years ago. Received a degree at Coastal Bend College prior to my mission. Now I'm working full-time as an Account Clerk in Payroll. I hold a church calling as the Relief Society Compassionate Service Leader. I enjoy eating healthy most of the time. Some of my favorite foods are salads, steak, Trader Jo's bran muffins, cherries, cheesecake, & chocolate. My personality is pretty balanced. I'm not really bubbly, but I love to laugh ;-) I've been engaged & disengaged, as well as had my share of ups & downs. But that's life, & I am truly grateful for the useful tools of prayer, scripture study, and fasting. The Lord is firmly centered #1 in my life. He knows me better then I know myself. I trust Him! I visit His temple every week. I can't imagine my life without it. The temple is a sacred place where I can open my heart completely, pray peacefully, reflect, ponder without the loud noises of the world, attend while fasting, and receive answers from Heavenly Father without distractions. There is no other place on earth where I can express myself or communicate with the Lord then when I am in His holy house. As i have been consistent... my time in the temple has become of 'most worth & precious' to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with a single parent mother. She was a convert to the church when I was 7 yrs of age, and was baptized at the age of 30 yrs old. I too was baptized when I reached the age of accountability (8 yrs old). And through this experience my grandmother (my mom's mom) returned to church and became active again after 35 yrs of inactivity. My father is not a member. I have shared my testimony, the Book of Mormon, and a few missionary experiences with him. He's been to the Dallas temple grounds, and just recently granted me permission to perform temple ordinances for my grandparents on his side :) I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches me 'how to live.' Truly live! I love and have read both The Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible numerous times, they prove each other to be true... 'both' testify of Jesus Christ. I love Him with ALL my heart, might, mind, strength, and desire to continually learn about Him forever. He is my Savior! I live the gospel to the very best of my ability and I know this is His Church and kingdom here on earth. I am happy :o) I have felt and continue to daily feel His redeeming love. There is 'no' other joy that compares to it. Without His love, His gospel, His influence, and His Church...there is no lasting joy or genuine love in life. All that's good, real, and eternal centers around Him... our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A few of my favorite scriptures are...John 3:16; 13:35; 14:15; and Moroni 7:45-48.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through my daily living. The little things :-) I know all of us are unique, and our schedules may differ. I begin my day in prayer when I wake up at 5:45 am, read from the Book of Mormon for 10 to 15 minutes, listen to edifying music in my office during work (usually yldsr.com, klove, or my family life radio) on low to medium volume, spend time during my lunch break studying from the Bible, learn and sing one hymn a day, mid-day prayers are always my most sincere because I'm not thinking about getting to work on time and I'm not so dead tired before bed, and lastly I listen to one recent General Conference talk each night with my head phones while I'm brushing my teeth, washing my face, and getting ready for bed. I then say my nightly prayer and write in my journal for at least 5 minutes before falling asleep (most importantly recording 5 things of which I'm grateful for that day). Also, institute is important! I am a seminary and institute graduate and continue my education in institute. My previous callings have included Nursery, Primary, Young Womens', and Relief Society. I visit teach my sweet girls each month, attend any baptisms in my ward that I can, invite and bear my testimony to anyone who wants to know more, I attend church every sabbath, attend the temple weekly, fast every 'fast and testimony sunday,' pay an honest tithe and fast offering, do my best to magnify my church callings, and now I'm finally submitting my profile!

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Marsha
One of our apostles' Elder M. Russell Ballard gave an entire talk on this subject during General Conference, April 2007. His talk was titled "The Miracle of the Holy Bible." The Holy Bible is a miracle! It is a miracle that the Bible’s 4,000 years of sacred & secular history were recorded & preserved by the prophets, apostles, & inspired churchmen. We are true & full believers in the Lord Jesus Christ & in His revealed word through the Holy Bible. It is a miracle that we have the Bible’s powerful doctrine, principles, poetry, & stories. But most of all, it is a wonderful miracle that we have the account of the life, ministry, & words of Jesus, which went through the conflicts of countless generations so that we may have it today. It is a miracle that the Bible literally contains within its pages the converting, healing Spirit of Christ, which has turned men’s hearts for centuries, leading them to pray, to choose right paths, & to search to find their Savior. The Holy Bible is well named. It is holy because it teaches truth, warms us with its spirit, teaches us to know God & understand His dealings with men, & holy because it testifies throughout its pages of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was because of inspirations from the biblical scripture.. James 1:5.. that Joseph Smith prayed, saw God, & received revelation regarding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read this talk on lds.org & see for yourself what the apostles & Church directly teaches of the Holy Bible :-) Show more Show less