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Hi I'm Maren

I'm so glad to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother of [almost] three. I am from Texas, Rhode Island, Utah, Guatemala, Honduras, and Oregon, where my family lives now. I graduated from college with a degree in Spanish Translation. I love nature, salsa dancing, exercise, reading, and my family. Besides being a full-time mom, I work part-time as an apartment manager and as an interpreter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the restored gospel taught by the LDS Church is true! It makes sense, encourages growth, provides direction, and does what it claims to do-- brings peace, meaning, and hope to life. I am a Mormon because I prayed to God to know what direction to take my life and He made it clear to me through unmistakable and powerful feelings that this was the right direction.

How I live my faith

I try to make my love for my family my first priority. I'm nowhere near perfect, but I try to help others as Jesus Christ would. I serve as a leader of the young women in my congregation. I organize activities, teach lessons at church, and encourage the youth to develop their own spirituality. Monthly, my husband and I donate to the poor the amount of money it would take to feed our family for a day. I volunteer in my community as a mentor to Spanish-speaking immigrants looking for academic or employment help. I visit a lonely elderly neighbor couple. I bring meals to or babysit for families that I know are going through a tough or transitional time. I offer food or money to those who I know are seriously struggling financially. I vote. I try to give others the understanding and respect I would want. I try to be compassionate rather than judgmental. I try to be friendly and kind to those that seem to need it most.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

To the contrary of common belief (on my mission in Honduras there were many people that believed we were paid per baptism by the late prophet Joseph Smith), missions are funded by the missionaries themselves or their families, and whoever else desires to contribute. In cases where the missionary does not have sufficient resources, donations to Church "mission funds" may be used. I worked and saved money to fund my mission along with contributions from family members. Show more Show less