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Hi I'm Maren

I am a wife. I am a 4th Grade Teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a new wife to my incredible husband! We grew up across the street from each other and became interested in each other later in life as we started attending college. I am working as a 4th Grade Teacher and am helping to put him through the rest of his college education. In our spare time we like to cook gourmet foods on a budget, play guitars together, and take our tent up the trails to the backwoods of Yellowstone National Park in the summertime. We enjoy spending our time with friends and neighbors and ward members. When we visit our parents for a weekend here and there, we enjoy getting to spend equal time with both of our wonderful families!

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to become a baptized member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints because I have read the Book of Mormon and can testify that it is true. It has lead me to live the life I live. I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and have been taught the doctrines, truths and principles from a young age. My family of 8 has always been active and loves to live according to the standards of the truth. At the age of 8, I was not forced to get baptized. My parents told me I ought to pray about the decision and decide for myself. I prayed, read the scriptures, made my decision and received a quiet, but warm and powerful feeling that my decision to be baptized was the right choice. I have remained true and faithful to the covenants or two way promises I made at my baptism, and have lived off on my own at college away from my family for 4 years. It has felt consistently easy for me to remain so close to my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ because of the gift of the Holy Ghost I was given as I was confirmed a member of the church directly following my baptism. He is the third member of the Godhead who does not have a physical body like our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ, but is a spirit who stays with all members of the church as a constant companion. As long as we are worthy, he protects, comforts, warns, and testifies of truth. He keeps us on the strait path. I choose to live according to the standards of the Church to remain worthy of his constant companionship. I have a testimony of our Heavenly Father's Eternal Plan of Happiness. Because of this knowledge, I have faith and hope that my family will be together after this life on earth. This is a probationary time, and as I live it according to how I have been taught, I will not only receive eternal happiness, joy, and never-ending life in the presence of my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, but I can have happiness now in this life with my family.

How I live my faith

I participate in my ward as the Sunday School teacher for the 3 year old's each Sunday. This is different than teaching Elementary School because I get to share my love and testimony of the true and living Gospel and the love our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ have for each of us with these young children. They surprise me constantly with how much they know already about the Gospel and how capable they are. Their young spirits are so valiant and they seek to be like their Savior Jesus Christ. I am also a Visiting Teacher, which is a calling given to all who are members of the LDS Church. This means that I am assigned to a companion, another sister in the ward, and together we get to visit 2 other sisters monthly in an organized visit. We don't have to stop at just the one visit, in fact the spirit of Visiting Teaching is about getting to know the individual sisters around us- their needs, triumphs and trials. We are there as friends and comforters at times. The men, or brethren, in the ward have a similar calling called Home Teaching. They teach to entire families once a month in an organized companionship.