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Hi I'm Maren

I'm young. I'm a college graduate. I'm married and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

In 2012 I graduated from college with a Bachelor's in Psychology and married my best friend. We lived with my family for a year while my husband finished his bachelor's degree and applied to graduate programs. In the summer of 2013 we packed up our belongings and moved to the middle of the country. Since moving away from all our family, I have had the privilege to learn a lot about myself. Although it was a difficult transition, I became very mindful of my relationship with my Heavenly Father and how aware he is of our family. I have a loving husband who encourages me to pursue my dreams and am excited for all the adventures to come! I know we will live by family someday but for now I am relishing the new experiences and friends! I have a whale of a time singing, cooking with my husband and spending time with new friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young girl my older brother wisely suggested that it was time for me to start reading the Book of Mormon. I thank my Heavenly Father for a brother who would listen to the Spirit and take the time to come encourage his little sister to learn more about the Gospel. I was lucky enough to be raised attending church and talking about the scriptures with my family but until I was encouraged to start studying on my own did I know what the Gospel held for me. As I tried to faithfully increase my daily prayers and scripture reading, my faith in the teachings contained in the scriptures grew. I remember realizing my relationship to God and how it changed my whole perspective on life. I don't remember any specific earth-shattering moments where I knew the church was true, but over time and consistent study and practice of living the faith, I felt myself building roots of my own in the Gospel soil. It isn't always easy, but I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what gives us life. The more I strive to serve Him, the more I feel myself coming closer to Him. I have come to understand the importance of families and the deep purposes for our life here on this earth. I pray to keep this perspective about who I am and what I am to do in this life. Being a Mormon adds such greater meaning and direction to my life.

How I live my faith

Because of the deep understanding I continue to gain about my relationship to my Heavenly Father, it becomes increasingly important for me to communicate daily with my Father in Heaven and then seek for His answers in the scriptures. As I continue to do this, I become more and more confident in my faith in His plan for me and more aware of the purpose for which we are here as a human family. I know God loves me and those around me because He sent His Son to make it possible for me to return. I have been assigned to work with the women of the church and through this keenly feel the love our Heavenly Father has for his daughters as I visit with them individually. I have a strong testimony of visiting and home teaching and know that these are divinely instituted watch-care programs to take care of all of Heavenly Father's children. I love going to the Temple with my husband and feeling the sweet Spirit of peace that brings us closer together. Going to the Temple reminds me of the promises I made with God and my husband to love those around me and dedicate myself to the Gospel.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

The Temple is a sacred building in which members of the church worship. Members of the church perform sacred ordinances for those who have passed on that ultimately unite families together for eternity. The Temple is the place where members strengthen and deepen their understanding of gospel principles through worship and through listening to the Holy Ghost. The Temple is a wonderful place. Show more Show less