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Hi I'm Mara

Sometimes a college student, sometimes a truck driver...but I'm always a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student majoring in Elementary Education at Utah State University...Go Aggies! During the summer, I drive a 150 ton haul truck for the Simplot Smoky Canyon Mine. Imagine the little tonka toy dump truck you play with in the sandbox, just life size, and you've got it! Blessed to know both the ways of a "city girl" and "farm girl", I have loved growing up with more than just one view of this wonderful life. The things that are most important to me are my family and my faith. They influence everything from the way I think to the things I do. Some of the things I love to do are playing the piano, blogging, hiking, volleyball, playing with kids, listening to music, card games with my Grandma, organizing...though sometimes my life doesn't show it haha, going to Aggie basketball games, and laughing with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Our church is different from other churches. We do things differently, but it is good. I can really see where people who don’t know much about our church get the idea that we are a 'cult'. We must be forced to “choose not to drink, not to do drugs, to abstain from sex, not to swear, not to go out or spend money on Sunday, to give up 10 percent of his income (especially in this hard economic time), to go on a two-year mission”…and the list goes on and on. Some say that our church standards are too hard but I say: ‘When was anything really worthwhile easy?' I like how a guy named Blake Faulkner put it. He said: "These restrictions prohibit most of the things that many people would find fun. So WHY ON EARTH am I a Mormon? It is something that rests deep within my heart, because in reality, being Mormon is a lifestyle. It influences EVERYTHING you think, the way you see the world, and what decisions you make. My religion defines me, and while some might think that makes for a shallow, mediocre existence, my religion is actually a great source of happiness. It is through my religion that I am able to see who I really am." I like having something to structure my life around, to draw upon for strength, and that gives me answers to life’s simplest but most profound questions, like 'What is the purpose of life?' I can truly say that I know why I am here on this earth and I know the choices to make so I can live a happy life.

How I live my faith

I am a student and I have the opportunity to serve as an Activities Chairman in my college ward. With the help of two other chair-people and a committee, I get to help plan a fun activity or party for the whole ward each month. I make sure to attend a class at the LDS institute on campus each semester. Some of my friends have asked me why I would attend one of these classes when I could attend a university class and get credit. These institute classes bless my life immensely. Because of these classes: I can make friends with the same values and beliefs, I do better on my homework and tests, and I can feel the Spirit and learn, not only on Sunday in church, but every day of the week.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith. Just as President Thomas S. Monson is the president of the church now, Joseph Smith was the president of the church then and we do not worship President Monson. We worship our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. We hold the Prophet in high regard because (as in the words of the church) "he is an instrument" in God's hands. We have a great love for him and respect him, but we do not worship the Prophet. Show more Show less