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Hi I'm Mara

I'm an American who teaches at a Swedish university. I love travel, cooking, and photography.

About Me

I got a Ph.D. in linguistics near the end of 2011 and I moved to Sweden in September 2012 to teach at a university. Though it can be a bit hard at times, I am enjoying the challenge of getting to know another language and culture and building a new life for myself in a new place. I love to play the guitar and sing, and I love traveling and getting to know new cultures and taking photos of the places and people I visit.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am grateful that my parents taught me to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ from when I was a young child. As I grew up I decided to continue to follow the teachings and lifestyle I had when I was young. My life is full of blessings and I think my membership in the Church has a lot to do with that.

How I live my faith

I feel the importance of the ritual we perform at church every Sunday when we take bread and water to remember the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. This faith helps me to live a better life every day, not just on Sundays. I appreciate the strength and support I get from my friends. I am one of the leaders of the women in my local congregation, which involves teaching lessons and working together with other leaders to try to meet people's needs.