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Hi I'm Markett

I grew up in a good Southern Baptist home in East Texas. I have been a Mormon since 1974.

About Me

I was an only child and always wanted brothers and sisters. My extended family was small, also. Now I have a large extended family in our church. My husband, Jim, and I were blessed with three sons and a daughter. We have five granddaughters and four grandsons. We have been blessed to have stayed active in the church since our baptism. Now we each teach Sunday School classes and serve in the Houston Texas Temple. The gospel has comforted and guided us through challenges and problems. It has provided a blueprint for rearing our family and goals to strive toward together. I am so grateful that my parents taught me to love my Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. They gave me the foundation to accept the fullness of the gospel when it was presented to me. They were wonderful examples of service and compassion.

Why I am a Mormon

Jim and I had been inactive in church for several years when we realized that we had many blessings and were not giving thanks for them. We started attending a small Baptist church in Spring, Texas. As we read and studied the Bible and listened to sermons and lessons, we began to find little things that didn't ring true. Through a series of "coincidences" at work, Jim was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The missionaries came to teach us. He was converted right away but I was hesitant. Finally I realized that I was holding back in fear of hurting my parents. When I began to sincerely pray to know the truth, my testimony began to grow. My fears were unwarranted. My Mother told me she didn't think that I would ever be anything but Baptist but that how I chose to worship God was my business. As long as I WAS worshiping, she couldn't complain. Later in life, she and my Dad both expressed gratitude for the Mormon church because of the changes it had made in our lives. The principle that attracted Jim and I to the church most of all was the doctrine that families can be sealed together forever; that marriage does not have to be a "until death do ye part" proposition. I have a testimony that I can know Jim as my husband and my children as my children in the next life. I know that this is made possible because Jesus Christ atoned for my sins and opened the way for me to repent and return to my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings in the church working with young children, youth, and adult women. Someone commented once that I seldom complete a conversation without mentioning something about my faith. That is because being a Mormon is NOT a Sunday religion. It encompasses all of life!

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

I am so grateful for the Word of Wisdom. I smoked before joining the church and am glad to be rid of that addiction! Our family has been blessed with very good health as a result of following this plan. Show more Show less