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Hi I'm Maren

I grew up in Hawaii. I love beautiful sunsets. I'm an IT geek. I love my Jeep Wrangler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've moved about 25 times since 1997, and I've never needed a whole lot of "stuff" to be happy along the way. As a result of that, I've learned to become fairly flexible, not putting a whole lot of value in "things". I've also learned that you can take your relationships with friends and family with you wherever you go, with riches like that, who needs "stuff"? Back in Southern California, I feel like I'm finally living in the place that God wants me to be, and as I turn my life to walk in his paths, I know he will provide experiences and opportunities to become the very BEST version of me. I have faith in that. We're all still being constantly refined by Him, I can't wait for what's next.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been a Mormon. My family has been in this church for generations. For the longest time, it just was the "right thing to do". It wasn't something I NEEDED in my life at the time... and then I got offended. I was floored in disbelief that two of my "friends" would treat me "that way" for their own selfish purposes... and I eventually stopped coming to church. I stopped coming... married a "used to be catholic" guy who lived 2000 miles away, and started living "my" life again. Or so I thought. As it turns out, my now ex-husband was condescending and verbally abusive at times, and the hole in my heart could not be filled by him. After two years of inactivity, I missed the feeling I got at church. I missed the feeling of knowing that a loving Heavenly Father is waiting to bless us with countless blessings if we merely ask him for it. I missed crying when I sung a hymn that stuck a heart string. I truly MISSED being a member of this Church. I needed to be counted among God's children again. So I went back to church, and (as with every place I've moved) was accepted "back into the fold". I've since removed myself from that situation, moved BACK the 2000 miles to a place I know I'll be happy, and I've truly started to discover myself. Not the "me" I've always known, but to really see ME how God sees me. With kind, loving, forgiving eyes. I feel my Savior's love every single day, and I don't know what or where I'd be without The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I really hate thinking about that. But I'm so very grateful the Lord brought me out of that dangerous situation to where I am today. I know that this Church is true, and I know that God loves his children, each and every one of us. He is waiting for us to come unto Him, so he can bless us with every needful thing. (And they're not "things" he'll be blessing us with either... Nothing tangible anyway.) I hope that you can someday feel as loved as I know I am.

How I live my faith

I try every day to be the best example I can be. I hope to simply be different enough that others are able to see God's light shine through my eyes. It is a daily challenge to be who God wants me to be, but I know it is worth it. I also try to see others as God sees them. He doesn't see race, ethnic background, or monetary status. He sees open hearts, and open hands waiting to do His will. I long to be one of those hearts. I can only imagine what He will be able to do in my life, once I let Him FULLY guide me to become. I know that through the Savior Jesus Christ, is the only way back to our loving Heavenly Father.