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Hi I'm Maranda

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah then my family was transferred to Colorado from the time I was 8 years old until I was 16. We moved back to Utah where I finished high school and graduated from college with a bachelors degree in Psychology. I got married while I was in college and after several years of trying and 3 miscarriages, I had our baby girl a year ago. My husband works in law enforcement which is very scary to me and not my first choice for his career, but it makes him happy and he is great at it. My family means everything to me and I love every minute of every day I get to spend with them. I love to organize and create fun projects. I wouldn't consider myself a crafty person, but I have a lot of friends that are crafty and I think I'm pretty good at recreating their ideas. I wish I had more money, skills and time to create more projects. I love to blog to document my family's life and share our adventures with extended family and friends. I like to read if I can find the time and I try to take my little girl out everyday to enjoy the fresh air and new experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

I first became a Mormon because my parents were Mormons and raised me in the faith. As I have grown up and started making my own decisions, I continued to live His gospel because it makes me happy, it has comforted me in all of the most difficult times of my life, and I feel such a strong sense of belonging and a bond with all other members. Like everyone, I have dealt with some difficult experiences in this mortal life. We were sent here by a loving Heavenly Father to be tested and tried of our faith and to prove ourselves worthy to return to His presence. Our trials are for our good and can change us and make us stronger if we let them. Despite life's difficulties the great news is that He is always there to help us and comfort us if we simply turn to Him and ask Him, then have faith that He will answer our prayers. I know this is true because I have often asked Him for help and relied on Him to make me strong in the face of trials. I love that no matter where I am, this church is always the same. It's comforting and proves to me that this gospel is lead by God. Every time I have moved, which is a lot in my short married life, I was always excited to go to church and meet the members and make new friends. Especially recently moving out of Utah and back to Colorado, I wasn't scared because even though we were moving away from my parents and living in a city we had never lived in before, I knew we would make friends in our new ward that would become like family. Most of my lifelong friends I met at church. There is something about having the same standards and belief in God that creates an unbreakable bond.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily by trying to be a good example to not only my family, but other people around me. I don't drink or smoke, I dress modestly, and I don't use profane language. I try to show others I am happy and lift them up when they're experiencing a hard time. Trying to deal with an overwhelming desire to have a child and having my heart broken so many times, I really relied on my Heavenly Father to comfort me and make me strong enough to keep going on with my life and to keep trying. I was angry that other women seemed to have an easy time having children when I was struggling. I hated having these negative thoughts and feelings and prayed continuously to be strengthened, uplifted and enjoy life. It took a lot of time, and a lot of work, but I was able to work through my trials and find joy in my family and friends. I live my faith by engaging in wholesome family activities because this gospel is not about restrictions or what you can't do, but about the freedom that comes from making good choices. Even though my daughter is still very young, we are starting now to teach her about Jesus and how to make good choices. We read a children's version of the scriptures to her and pray as a family to start those good habits now. Her attention span is only about 30 seconds but someday she will start to understand what we're doing and saying. Forming these habits will hopefully keep us strong as a family and will teach our child(ren) what the good choices are when faced with making decisions later in life.