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Hi I'm Maren

I'm a mother of two. I try my hand at being an oh-so-amateur writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spend my days taking care of my two kids while my husband works on a Ph.D. I got a degree in English Education. I LOVE to read and have a goal to read at least 50 books a year. My favorite book of all time is Jane Eyre. Recently, I've been writing a book of my own. I love having writing as a creative outlet. I also grade English papers for a junior high school. It's fun to see what they write, but I feel old when they talk about the pioneer clothes and pocket watches people had way back in the 1980s.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I'm a Mormon really starts before I was born. My maternal grandfather was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ after reading a Book of Mormon from his local library. He'd spent several months studying different religions, but hadn't found any that seemed to truly follow the Bible. He was waiting for the Koran to come from the state library when the librarian told him about the Book of Mormon. He read it and knew it was true. He lived in South Dakota at the time and had never met a Mormon. He drove to Salt Lake City and asked to be baptized. Then he went back to South Dakota and shared his faith. Ancestors on my father's side were some of the first members of the Church and helped settle Utah and Idaho as pioneers. So I grew up in a Mormon family in South Dakota. We were the only members of the church in our small community. My parents were dedicated to our faith and took all of us 8 kids to church every Sunday at a chapel 30 minutes away. They were so loving and kind to everyone and were very willing to serve in the school and community. These examples of goodness and love helped me to build faith in the Savior at a young age. Just like my grandfather, I'm a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has witnessed to my heart and soul that Christ lives and that this is His true church. My faith has been built on the foundation of others' faith, but I definitely have my own knowledge now. I know God is willing to give knowledge to anyone who asks with faith.

How I live my faith

In my church community, I am currently in charge of leading/conducting the congregational hymns. By doing this I have finally learned to get to church on time! My husband is the leader of missionary efforts in our local congregation. My favorite part about serving in church is visiting teaching. Each woman in our ward is assigned a companion and together they go visit 2 or 3 other women. So each women is visited individually every month. Being a stay-at-home mom, I am always grateful for a chance to talk to other adults:) But I also love getting to know such wonderful women and doing what I can to help them. The Savior knows each of us individually, and I'm grateful that He shares with me a portion of His love for the women I visit.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons believe in and love the Bible as the word of God. In our Sunday school classes we spend a whole year of study on the Old Testament and another year of study on the New Testament. We also have other sacred scripture including the Book of Mormon. When my grandfather was studying different religions, he read the Book of Mormon and was immediately impressed with how well it supported the teachings of the Bible. Show more Show less