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Hi I'm Mari Molen

I am obnoxious, a little silly, and I believe that everyday should be treated as a gift. And I am most definitely a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student who just earned my Associates Degree from a community college. After spending a year and a half as a missionary in Japan, I will return to a four year I was just accepted to. Chances are, when I return, I will major in Psychology, eat a lot of gummy bears, and wear sweatpants. A lot. Frankly, I believe sweatpants may be the best invention of all time. They are like wearing a blanket all day! Plus, they are very toasty. The only downside with sweatpants is that, once you put them on, you don't feel like doing a lot. The feeling is comparable to the one you feel after eating turkey on Thanksgiving. And it is quite a good feeling. When I am not wearing sweatpants, I like to go out and accomplish things. I actually enjoy school quite a bit. World views fascinate me, and I love the search of discovering the workings of the human mind. We are all patterned by a Divine Creator, and divulging in the studies of human beings is scraping the surface of God's divinity. Also, I enjoy reading. If you ever start a conversation with me about a book (especially Wuthering Heights) I may never stop. I am also an actress. I don't consider myself fantastic, but I do enjoy it. I am planning on either minoring or double majoring in Theater Arts (the latter combined with Psychology). So, if there is a play occurring somewhere in my vicinity, you may find me as an anxious audience member.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I don't believe in coincidences. There have been too many of them in my life. I have grown up in the LDS church. Many of my first memories were at church or reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon with my family. I remember, when I was young, all I wanted to know about was if the church was true- I wanted to know beyond the shadow of a doubt. An angel or a voice of Heaven would be preferable- so I didn't have to think about it too much. I wanted to know as soon as possible so then I could be perfect and spend my life in perfection. When I became a teenager, that's when I realized the many flaws in my line of thinking- that the Gospel didn't work that way. That we have to have faith to know about the church. It needs to be build upon the relationship with God that can only be found though faith. And that's when the coincidences began to happen. It just happens to be that I have a question and I pray about it and have faith and that I happen to find the answer. I just happen to need help and pray for it and it is given. I just happen to pray about something and receive a feeling in my heart so powerful and so contrary to my feelings of the time that I know it's not me. Coincidences occur a couple times. Those are miracles that erupted from faith. I'm not perfect. I'm not even close. Sometimes I over-think things and collapse. But I get back up. Because there truly is no peace so grand, no joy as sweet as there is when I am keeping the commandments and when I am praying. So I suppose the question isn't "Why I'm Mormon" but "Why I stayed Mormon". It's because the Spirit has testified it to me. That I had the courage to take the challenge to seriously and thoughtfully read the Book of Mormon and live its actions and see the change in my life. I know now- and it is not because of an angel or a voice, but because of the steady build-up of miracles. Those miracles stemmed from faith and the challenge to believe.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ has changed who I am. Because I know what this Gospel has done for me, for loved ones, and millions others, I have chosen to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is through serving Heavenly Father children that we begin to state the divinity that has always been inside of us. When we act as Christ would, and try our best to make our Father in heaven proud, He can make us into someone wonderful. I wouldn't say I am a wonderful person, but when I follow Jesus Christ's teaching and follow the Spirit (God's guidance that speaks to our hearts) I become more like the person I want to be. So I have chosen to help serve Heaven;y Father's children. I have been assigned to Japan, and am here now doing my best to serve His children. Do I know Japanese? Not a lot. Do I trust the Lord? Yes. Through trusting in that God that has gotten me through the most difficult experiences of my life, I trust that He will make me an instrument for good. That people will be helped through me.