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Hi I'm Mary

I grew up in Utah, but have spent most of my adult life in Washington State. I have 5 children. I am a nurse. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was a stay at home mom with 5 children, but my husband and I decided that we needed help to get all our children through college. Twenty years after leaving high school, I started college, going to school at night, to get ready for a nursing program. I graduated as a RN and have worked in a longterm care facility and in a hospital over the past 20 years. All 5 children have gone through college.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, attending meetings with my older sisters. My mother taught Primary, which is the children's organization, for a few years when I was young but then started working. I don't remember my father ever going to church while I was growing up. I always had a deep seated certainty that the Church was true as far back as I can remember. As a teenager, I asked my mother when she was going to go back to church, she said she would go when my father went. When I asked him, he said he would go when he was too old to do anything else. When I was 19, I decided that I needed to make a firm commitment to my faith and really read the Book of Mormon for the first time. It was amazing. I know that the gospel is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the Book of Mormon is a true witness of Christ. My parents later did become active, were sealed in the temple and remained active for the rest of their lives.

How I live my faith

I have held many callings in the church. Most recently I taught the youth in Sunday School, helping them to have a greater understanding of the love Christ has for them. Before that, I worked in the women's organization, coordinating volunteers who visit with the women in the congregation. I also have been over compassionate service. In this calling I arrange for volunteers to fill needs that sisters in the women's organization have, from meals if one is ill, to a group cleaning a house if one is moving and anything in-between.