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Hi I'm Maren

I have 5 kids. I love to laugh, especially at myself. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the mother of 5 kids. I am currently not employed, though I volunteer oodles of time at the local elementary school that my children attend. My husband is a professor in technology, and the love of my life. For fun, I enjoy scrapbooking, running, napping, and reading, particularly sci-fi & fantasy. I'm an alum of BYU and a survivor of no less than 6 Michigan winters...

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born to a practicing Mormon family, it was not until my freshman year of college that I gained my own testimony of the truth of the Gospel as preached in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through a dear friend, I learned about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the great gift of repentance. Two years later, I married my love in the Salt Lake Temple, and we have been raising our children with the Gospel principles that we study daily in the Book of Mormon, Bible, and other scriptures. I particularly appreciate the personal relationship that I can have with my Heavenly Father through daily (or minute-ly as a parent) prayer.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in a number of different ways in my local ward units. I have worked in the women's organization directing quarterly self-improvement activities, as a secretary in the children's organization, and as a teacher for a marriage/parenting Sunday School class (with my husband). Some of these callings have truly pulled me from my comfort zone, but the Lord has provided, and with work & perseverance, these jobs have made me a better person and provided ways for me to get to know my local ward members.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

This is a question that I asked myself a lot as a teenager. For a few years, I wasn't sure what I believed in, and asked myself how I could know that there was a Supreme Being. By the time I started college, I had had a number of experiences that cascaded together to form a firm testimony of God's presence. Special moments spent in nature, quiet times of reflection while reading the scriptures, and Sunday lessons in the young women's youth organization all laid the foundation for me to ask & receive an answer on God's presence at 18. As I have matured and experienced life as a parent, I often wonder at my previous ignorance--the complex chemical make-up of our bodies, and the miracle of pregnancy & birth have further cemented my surety that only a loving and omnipotent being could be responsible for the order & the joy that fills my life, despite the trials of health and circumstance that are the normal lot of wom/ankind. Show more Show less