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Hi I'm Maren

I grew up in Utah. I work with children with Autism. I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Utah. I graduated from Brigham Young University where I studied Sociology and Art History. I love to travel and did a study abroad in London. I have experience working with children with special needs and currently work at a school for children with Autism. I am happily married and my husband and I love to run and try new foods.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the direction and purpose my religion gives to my life. Knowing where I came from and where I'm going with an eternal perspective helps me get through life's challenges. I love the guidance I receive on a daily basis through my personal prayer and scripture study. Having a very real and personal relationship with Heavenly Father is another reason why I am a Mormon. Having the knowledge that someone is listening each time I pray gives me hope and comfort. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy, and I love the blessings I have received through knowing why I am on the Earth.

How I live my faith

I love to spend my time helping others. I have volunteered at a support center for children who are victims of abuse, a crisis shelter for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, a homeless shelter for women, and have most recently been a mentor to a young child. I currently teach children with Autism and I love being in the classroom every day to help these children learn and grow. Being able to interact with people from all walks of life is something I enjoy doing very much. Doing small and simple things like listening to someone or giving some words of encouragement is how I live my faith.

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

Donating 10% of our income to the church is referred to as paying tithing. The money is used for everything from building temples to the missionary efforts. Paying 10% of our income is a challenge at times. As a young newlywed with school, books, food, and rent to pay for, a large amount of faith is placed in the promise that if we pay our tithing, our needs will be taken care of. The concept of tithing is truly amazing, in that every member of the church is giving some of their money to help build the kingdom of God. I know that paying an honest tithe results in overwhelming blessings from the Lord. I have seen this happen in my life and encourage everyone to reflect on the amazing opportunity we have to contribute in a small way to the Lord and his church. Show more Show less