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Hi I'm Maren

I'm a mother, a sister, a wife, a friend. I love all forms of creativity. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life is overflowing with things I love. I love my family, my husband and two children. I love my friends, and making new friends. I love school and learning. I love books, both reading and writing. I love learning about history. I love music, I play piano and sing in a community women's choir. I love sewing, everything from doll blankets to custom wedding gowns. I love all other forms of craftiness, from scrapbooking to baking to re-purposing and refinishing old things. I love floor plans, and old houses. I even got a degree in Architectural Drafting at Brigham Young University - Idaho. I also love teaching, whether it's teaching a friend some sewing skills, or teaching a class at church. And I LOVE listening to, and studying words of the prophet!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon. My parents taught me about the church, and shared their testimonies from the time I was an infant. Many people from a similar background have to test that knowledge at some point, but I never have. As I grew hearing the gospel, I have felt the burning in my heart of the spirit telling me it is true. I've never once had to question whether this is the true church, because for as long as I can remember, I have just known. I think that believing requires a choice. I choose every day to continue in my belief. I choose every day to remember that spirit that I have felt. I choose every day to continue to live what I believe. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and through repentance I can be cleansed from my sins. I believe that God talks to us though our own prayers, and guides the church through a living prophet. I believe the Book of Mormon is scripture, just like the Bible. I believe that my loving Father in Heaven knows me. He knows my name, who I am, what I love. He encourages me. He helps me. He has a plan for me, and my life, ad will guide me through it. I take great comfort in not being lost or forgotten.

How I live my faith

At church I teach the women on the 4th Sunday of the month. I've done that for about 3 years now, and love it. I get to share messages from General Conference, our semi-annual church wide conference where we get to hear the word of God through our Prophet. I love the way studying these messages helps me understand life, and get through each day. Living in eastern Idaho, many of my friends and acquaintances are also Mormons, but I try to live what I believe anywhere I go. I want to be a representative of my savior, Jesus Christ, at all times, and in all places. I sing with a community women's choir. I believe that singing good music helps us feel closer to God, and allows us to share His spirit with all who hear it. It's the most fun missionary work I do! I also have two children, and I am teaching them (or trying to teach them!) to be like Christ. To be good and pure, to serve and love others, to pray and study the gospel. My goal for children's life is for them to be good-hearted people.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Maren
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we worship our savior Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father. We believe in the ten commandments, which teach us to have no other gods. There are many many people for whom we have great respect, and great gratitude towards, including Joseph Smith, the man who, as a 14 year old boy was brave enough to pray, and later died for what he believed. Mary, Mother of Jesus was another great and brave person. The founding fathers of our country did great things for us. The prophets of the scriptures, the leaders of our church today, and YOU, for being brave enough to ask the question and ponder the answer for yourself! Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Maren
We live just like everyone else! We dress the same, our homes are the same, we go to church on Sunday, and work and school during the week. But we know that adding some key elements to our lives will enrich our lives, making them sweeter, happier, healthier, and will better prepare us for the rough patches in life. We avoid alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs because we know that they will affect our health, and that addiction will only take away from our joy, freedom, and good health. We also avoid coffee and tea for the same reasons. We attend 3 hours of church on Sunday, the first hour is a general meeting for everyone, where we take the Sacrament, sing, and members of the congregation give previously assigned talks. Then the children go to Primary, where they sing and learn about Christ and the scriptures. The adults go first to sunday school, and then split - the men to priesthood, and the women to relief society. During the week we pray before meals to express our gratitude, we pray as families and individually. We read the scriptures together and separately. We have Family Home Evening, another opportunity to teach the gospel to our children and strengthen our family through games, activities, outings, and lessons. We try to refrain from judging others, gossiping, or using foul language. We try to watch, read and listen to wholesome entertainment that reflects our values. We celebrate holidays, sing, dance, go to the movies, and generally live just like you! Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Maren
When you invite the missionaries into your home, they will tell you about our Heavenly Father, and His plan for us to return to live with him. The key to that plan is Jesus Christ, and His atonement which allows us to be free from our sins. They'll also tell you about a 14 year old boy who had questions about what to believe, so he prayed, and received an answer in a big way. They'll also tell you about how you can be with your parents, children, and spouse for eternity. And they'll tell you about some ways you can stay healthier! Show more Show less