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Hi I'm Maren

Married. Mother. Medical transcriptionist. Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful man, Dave. I have three children, one grandson, and one granddaugher on the way. I work as a medical transcriptionist from home, which has been a great job for me because it allowed me to be home with my kids as they were growing up. I also have a Bachelor's degree in Textile Arts, and my hobbies include stained glass, sewing, and painting. I have been a dorm mom to 150 college freshmen, worked in a "sweat shop" sewing factory, built my own furniture, and re-wired a house. I have also changed diapers, helped with science projects, watched marching band performances, and (finally) learned to make decent chocolate chip cookies. I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was once accused of "blindly" following the teachings of my parents, so I determined to find out for myself if this is God's church. The best way to do that was to study and learn about the church, and then to ask God directly if it was true. It is! But you don't have to take my word for it. Anyone can find out the truth for themselves by praying to God. Sometimes being a Mormon means that I haven't been as popular or accepted by people who don't understand us. That can be hard, but it is more important for me to keep living my faith and trying to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have peace in my life, even when things seem to be going crazy or out of control. Being a Mormon doesn't make my life perfectly easy or trouble-free, but it has given my life meaning, and I know that I am trying to live the way Heavenly Father wants me to.

How I live my faith

I currently serve at my church as a Sunday School teacher to youth ages 13-14. Over the years I have taught many different age groups, and I have held leadership positions in the women's organization and over the children and youth. I have sung in choirs and chaperoned youth activities. I try to help others who may be struggling with something, whether that means taking them a meal, just listening, or letting them live with my family for awhile. Now that I know God has a prophet on the earth, I try to follow his instructions and advice to the church. Over the years that has included staying out of debt, preparing for emergencies, attending my worship meetings, paying tithing (10%), taking care of my physical body, doing service in my community, and focusing my attention on my family. Following the advice of our modern-day prophet has helped me to live a very happy life!!

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the permission and authority to do God's work here on the earth. Even when Jesus Christ was on the earth, His apostles were sent out to teach and serve the people. They were given that permission and authority by Jesus Christ. With that priesthood, they could perform any necessary duties for the church of God, even including blessing people and performing miracles. When those apostles were all eventually dead, that priesthood was gone from the earth. God had to give the priesthood, the permission and authority to act in His name, back to the earth Himself. When He restored His church to the earth, that was a very important part of it. Any worthy male member of the church can receive the priesthood, which is transferred to him through a special blessing from someone who already has it. Because the priesthood is on the earth again, men can teach, baptize, bless, and even perform miracles in God's name, just like the apostles in Bible times. It is important to remember that it is not the men themselves who are accomplishing the work, but it is actually God's power. Without God's power and authority, this church would not be His church. Show more Show less

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

In our family we choose to start each day with reading the scriptures and having a family prayer. Because our teenagers go to school very early, that means we are waking up at 5:00 every morning. Then we eat breakfast and do the usual scramble to get everyone out the door to school and work. I try to be home when my children are coming back from school, so I have chosen a job that allows me to work from home. We eat dinner every night as a family, usually a little early to allow for evening activities and commitments. Our kids have taken piano lessons, played on the community soccer team, competed in the school math club, been in marching band at school, worked at after-school jobs, etc., just like most other kids their age. My husband and I enjoy watching movies together, and we both like to read and work on hobbies in the evenings. We stress about money and complain about our jobs just like everyone else. Before the kids go to bed each night, we kneel again as a family for prayer to end our day. On Sundays we attend our worship meetings, and we often have fun activities at church during the week. Mostly, we are just trying to raise our family to be happy and faithful, just like a lot of other families. Show more Show less