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Hi I'm Maxene

I grew up in Colorado, I got my B.S in Psychology at BYU-Idaho, and I want to get my Master's in school counseling. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of an almost 18-month old. Right now our biggest challenge is getting our daughter to sleep through the night with teething! I grew up in a very active family--not only active in the church, but a very literal active family. I love to run; I've finished several marathons and half-marathons and I hope I can run till I'm 80! I grew up playing volleyball, soccer, basketball, and golf. Of all those sports, golf is the one that has stuck. I was lucky enough to find a man who loves the game as much as I do and who agrees that there's nothing wrong with a little "friendly" competition! If I could do one thing and be great at it (besides being a professional athlete), I would love to start my own business making and selling crafts in a boutique. I love hands-on things and creating different projects. My three sisters and I try to have a craft night once a week. I also love to write. Some day I hope to publish something whether it's a children's book or a short story or young adult fiction. I love to laugh. Anything that is good natured humor and brings happiness is sure to be celestial. I believe that Heavenly Father has a sense of humor and that he wouldn't have given us all a sense of humor if he didn't want us to use it or think that is was good for us. Laughing is truly good for the soul.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. I always believed that the church was true. When I was young, it was mainly because my parents believed it was true and I knew that they would never lie to me. As I got older, I had my doubts and decided that in order to strengthen my own testimony and really make it my own, I had to put forth the effort. I went to seminary, I went to church, I prayed, I studied scriptures. All good things. I was a year or two into college, however, when I was struggling with some of life's many mountains. I never heard or saw anything. I didn't get a telephone call, an email, or a text. But, I can very clearly remember how I felt one night when I had been crying over one of my struggles in prayer. After I was done praying, I distinctly remember a warm, comforting and peaceful feeling come over me. It wasn't terribly strong, but it was strong enough. I knew right then and there that I had a Heavenly Father who knows me. He loves me, and He wants what is best for me. I bear testimony the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet and brought the gospel to the latter days. I believe that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today and receives revelation. I believe that we can all receive personal revelation when we pray humbly, with pure intent and a pure heart. I believe that Jesus Christ suffered and died for us, that we can all live again. I believe families can be together forever. I believe in the power of the priesthood, tithing, and blessings. I choose to continue following the gospel because everything we learn about and practice makes me feel good. We learn about serving others, striving to be like Jesus and attaining godly attributes (humble, patient, kind, caring, etc.), how families can be together forever, reading and studying the scriptures, and so much more.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am preparing to go through the temple. I took a temple preparation class through my ward and learned a lot about what I can do now to prepare. I follow the Word of Wisdom, which is like a health code law (no tobacco, no strong drinks, everything in moderation, etc.), I am a full tithe payer (10% goes to God), I lead a chaste lifestyle, and most importantly, I have a testimony of Jesus Christ, the gospel, the prophet (past and present). The thing I look most forward to about going through the temple is the knowledge that I am going to make deeper commitments and covenants with my Heavenly Father. (A covenant is like a 2-way promise). I have a calling in my ward. I am a Valiant 8 primary teacher. Basically, I help teach a class of 8-9 year olds in Sunday School. Lessons range from helping children learn and gain a testimony about Jesus' history and parables, to learning about the Holy Ghost and the sacrament to trying to be more nice to our siblings and helpful at home. It is one of the most fun callings I've ever had! I try to live my life so that my family and Heavenly Father would be proud of me. I have such a long way to go, and I am no where near where I want to be. But each Sunday I get a reminder of the promises I made when I got baptized and it gives me motivation to keep working at it. Try to be a little better this week than I was last week. I love learning about the Savior and trying to follow His amazing example. I believe there is no better way to live than to live a life full of service and kindness and unselfishness. Lastly, If I could do one thing better today, at the current time, it would be to get enough strength to reach out to my friends who have asked me about the gospel. I want to get up the courage to invite others to come to church or to learn more. The church is so friendly and welcoming. No one should ever be nervous to come even just to check things out. You will always find a friend at church.