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Hi I'm Maren

I love to travel. I am a "Jill" of all trades. I like to be a little different. I'm a total sap. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life is constantly on the move. I went to four elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. After living in seven different states with my family moving around has been in my blood. I went away to school for a semester, lived in Europe as an au pair, served a mission in Asia for the church, and now live on my own across the country from where my parents have settled. Almost nothing in my life is constant and I never know where I'm going to end up next, but I have faith that I will be led to the places that I need to be.

Why I am a Mormon

One thing that has been constant in my life is the church. My parents raised me in the Gospel and for a long time it was simply just something I did because of tradition. As a teenager I had the stereotypical rebellious period where I didn't want to do what my parents told me because I thought that I needed to "find myself" in a manner of speaking. I wanted to believe that other people had more fun, that the rules (commandments) were too restricting on my character and so I let myself stray. My time was largely spent with people who felt the same way which led to a few times of testing out the waters of this new life that I wanted to start for myself. It never felt right. I knew that what I was doing was wrong; not only was I blatantly going against everything that I had been taught my whole life, but I was, in a sense, telling Heavenly Father that I didn't need Him or His laws. Every time I would lift a bottle to my lips I knew that it was wrong, but because of social pressures I continued. This is the time in my life that I learned that there are also good social pressures. Thanks to some friends who showed me how to enjoy life and be happy, even when following all the rules that have been put in place for us, I now have a better understanding of what our purpose in life is and how I can help others. I spent 18 months teaching people about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it was there that I really gained a knowledge for myself about the church and formed my own opinions. Through telling others about it and sharing experiences that I had seen the hand of the Lord in my life I realized that this is where I not only wanted to be, but where I needed to be. There are still temptations of different kinds in my life, but I know that by following the commandments of our loving Father that we will be provided for and blessed immensely in ways that we may not be able to fathom now, but will be clear in the future.

How I live my faith

I LOVE to serve others. One of my greatest joys is helping others in some way, whether by just giving someone a smile or helping them with projects in their house. I believe I am at my happiest when my thoughts are to the needs of other people. In the church there are plenty of ways to serve. We take on responsibilities in wide variety, from teaching to cleaning, and from planning activities to visiting other members. There is no shortage of service opportunities.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When missionaries visit a home of someone who is interested in learning more about the Mormon (LDS) church they share messages that center on Jesus Christ. Because of His life and death, we have the opportunity to be made clean and return to live with Him and Heavenly Father once more. Missionaries are also there to answer questions you have, or at least guide you to find an answer for yourself. Show more Show less