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Hi I'm Mary.

I'm a Convert. At times I stumble and fall. In those moments I look to Christ who gives me a beacon of light to follow.

About Me

There is just something about Mary. It is true. I'm a free bird. I love birds. My favorite pair of shoes are my gray Chucks. I love sundresses and feeling the sun on my skin. I love being surrounded in warmth and light on my body and soul. My favorite color is yellow. One of my favorite songs is ironically called Yellow by Coldplay. I have the most patient and stable husband, I tell him he reminds me of the statue of the laughing Buddha. If it were holding a red balloon flying in the sky, it would be like the two of us. I asked my daughter what she would change or do if she were president a few days ago. She is six. She said, "I would tell the truth and do what is right. I would have everyone else do the same." I realized that my daughter wouldn't be changing anything about her, but indeed the world would change. It is always right to do the right thing. "Choose the right," is one of the main themes she has been taught Jesus would have her do since she I got converted. She might not end up with an actual Nobel Peace Prize, though that will be the impact she has in her community. I love outdoors. If ever I want to feel removed from the stress of the world, I get outside. Usually on a kayak is what brings me the most instant overwhelming sense of peace. Another no fail, the only consistent no fail I can access anywhere is I know I can kneel in prayer until all passes and only peace is left.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't know any Mormons. I didn't want to be a Mormon. I only by chance watched BYU documentaries on science that one day over-recorded into the Life of Joseph Smith story. I felt the spirit when I watched it- I also didn't understand why one message of Christ to love one another could be interpreted into so many different churches and have so many man-made traditions, that all had differing opinions on what Christ would want us to do. When Joseph Smith said, "My religion is kindness." I loved that. I believed that was the main message Jesus Christ came to share, to love one another as he has loved us. I ordered a Book of Mormon online, and after I pressed enter it said missionaries would be delivering it. I can tell you honestly and regrettably, I didn't answer the door the first several times they came by, or go to church the first Sunday the asked. But I did go the third Sunday... and when I walked in the door I could feel the spirit of Christ. I could feel the love of Christ through everyone there. It poured out to me. How Christ taught people while he was here on Earth, was how I felt these people had learned from what I read out of the scriptures. Nothing extra, simple- unconditional and healthy love for one another. I could feel it in the air, and I wanted to be as loving as I could through Christ, and knew they could show me how through their common denominator- The Book of Mormon. I do know how Jesus Christ loves us, and how to love others in aa way he would have us love each other. I am so greatful that I overlooked what others thought of me, those who tried to get me not to go, that I overlooked the pain of having other Christians telling me they would pray for me and that my Jesus was not real... in order to be what I consider the closest I have ever been to Christ in my life. And the happiest, even in struggling times.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by loving others. I participate in our church by serving as a Sunday School teacher for the 9&10 year olds. I prepare a lesson each week on a book in the Old Testament. I also hold events at my home, like a puppetshow on Naaman Learns To Obey, and invite neighbors, friends and church friends to participate and watch and serve cookies and water. I attend all our social events, like for Halloween we have a Chilli Cookoff and Trunk-or-Treat. They even offer free classes "firesides" I went to one last night on "Sharing Joys, Diving Sorrows," on marriage with my husband, a young woman from our church volunteered to babysit so we could go. Most people can tell I am Mormon because I actively live a Christ-centered life, along with not drinking or smoking and dressing modestly- our family goes hiking, biking, and on walks together- we are very healthy outwardly as well. Since I am a convert, I have realized I knew no Mormons before I found the Church, so I tell people I am in life, and find myself answering questions and sharing the gospel a lot. I begin and end my day with prayer with my husband, have prayer at mealtime, with my daughter and husband before we tuck her into bed. We read Scriptures everyday along with uplifting books and movies, and we hold Family Home Evening- a time devoted to really focusing on our relationships with each other while playing games and talking about important principles of the gospel and checking in with each member of the family. I write letters often to my family and close friends in the postal mail, and will mail cd's of photos/videos to keep them up to date on my life and in hopes that they feel loved by us and how important they are in my life. I treasure my family and friends. Most importantly, I love everyone and always forgive, and always find the strength to do so through Christ.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Mary.
I tithe 10 percent of my income, bcs I am so greatful for the church as the part of my life which brings the most joy to our family via the scriptures and the Lord Jesus Christ in his meetinghouses- the Wards we go to, all for free. All of our events are free, everyone including our Bishop serve the Lord freely. All our funds go towards building churches, temples, to the needy, towards humanitarian efforts worldwide for all people. I give 10 percent of my earnings as the Lord would have me give to others as I am able for those who have nothing. Giving to the church, helps spread the word of Christ which brings me joy. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Mary.
Well here is the definition of cult, "a religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader. " And the LDS church is composed of, your neighbors throughout neighborhoods worldwide. Loving God, and loving others are the two greatest commandments by which all the other commandments and prophets hang upon. So, our basis is love- that is our religion. Sharing the Love of Christ. So, I'm not really sure why. My guess is because Mormons are so loving, and have such strong families and communities people assume they are sectioned off, but we actually love when people visit or attend our church and any member would gladly explain any of what we believe, which can be found in the 13 Articles of Faith. I am a Mormon. I am a Christian, and if you want to say it is a cult- it is one that loves and believes in Christ, and lives in the world- friendly and loving to all and spreading peace and joy. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Mary.
When we know how Jesus Christ loves us- unconditionally... we are able to bring the atonement and its forgiveness for those who are sorry and repent and love and forgive others as he would have us do. And we can pray for each other. We can show love by dropping by to visit with someone bcs we miss their smile, or their laugh. We can look for someone who needs an ear, a shoulder or a helping hand. Faith in Jesus Christ can help us through all our trials, we can turn to him when our burdens are too heavy. When you can't sleep kneel and pray. And it will help all your relationships, knowing Christs love for you, and everyone. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mary.
Everyone is welcome to attend our church services, they are very family oriented. This first hour there is sacrament, which you are welcome to take and then we sing hymns. We have an opening prayer and then we have speakers on principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ that are members of the church and change weekly. The first Sunday of the month is Fast Sunday where we fast for something specific and then share our testimonies the first hour. The second hour we have bible study, we go through the old testament this year, new testament the following year and the book of mormon the following year, so you read through the bible and book of mormon in the entirety every three years. The third hour we split up into groups- Women together and men together to discuss topics pertaining to us. The children go to music class the second hour and sunday school the third hour. Our family loves it! Visitors are warmly welcomed. I am a convert and was welcomed with open arms. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Mary.
No, this is a misconception. My dear friend Ruby is from Pakastan, she moved here with her son and daughter and was Muslim. They started attending our services and both were baptised. Her son is currently serving a mission. We have people of all colors, shapes and sizes- we have people who have converted from all religions, all over the world. Red, yellow, black or white we're the same in his sight... Jesus loves everyone and so do we. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mary.
If I didn't believe in Jesus Christ, I wouldn't be a Mormon. The Mormon theology is founded upon Jesus Christ as our Savior. And our faith in him, repentance and enduring in his name until the end of our days. Show more Show less

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

Mary.
Mormon women love Christ. God loves all of us equally, but men and women have different roles in this world within the family. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mary.
Christ would have us feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide for the widow, dry up tears for the orphan, comfort the afflicted whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all. Dr.Seuss would remind us, "a person is a person, no matter how small." We are all people, the only thing that creates boundaries of differences are things put there by man, not by Christ. Christ would tell us the same. As a family we volunteer at one of the local Veterans Widows Homes locally. We are friends with everyone, and help each friend regardless of their religion or lack there of. The Church of Latter Day Saints as a whole blesses and helps many people of all colors, shapes, sizes and beliefs in over 167 countries. Many of those countries our church helps with cash or material assistance have few to no Mormons but also are non-Christian countries. There is a song by Joan Osborne called, "What if God were one of us?" that makes you think about the stranger on the bus, the child who is starving, the widow who is alone, all of us are his creation and he is in all of us. We treat everyone the same because we all are made in his image and should be treated with love. Charity never fails. Love never ends. Show more Show less