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Hi I'm Maryn

I grew up in Idaho and went to Wellesley College. Now I am a mom and love my little family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Idaho and then came out east to go to school at Wellesley College. I loved the new environment and meeting so many different people. I especially loved meeting members of other faiths and having so many opportunities to share and discuss the Gospel. While I was in school, I met my husband and now we have a beautiful little girl. When I'm not teaching her to roll over and sit up, I am helping my husband grow our small family business. I love journaling and creating photo books of our family's adventures. It is so much fun to be able to look back at the memories that we have had. I trying to become a self-taught amateur photographer so that I can take better pictures of my family. A few years ago, I started teaching myself Photoshop and love editing pictures and seeing how different effects can bring out the personality of a picture. I am always trying to learn new things and always have some kind of project going on.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace that I feel from following the principles taught by the Church. I have tested many of the promises made and have seen the blessings that come from a direct result of following specific commandments. I have been a member of the Church my entire life but a defining moment in my true conversion to the Church was during college. About a week before I was about to start my freshman year, I realized that I was about to go 2500 miles away from home to a place where there were very few members. I suddenly had the very real realization that I could easily lose my testimony and fall away from the church. I immediately fell to me knees and plead with the Lord to watch over me and help me keep my testimony. The next year was the most difficult of my life. Instead of letting it frustrate me, I continuously turned to my Heavenly Father and felt His love carry me through that difficult time. On a daily basis, I had to ask the Lord for His love and support and felt it immediately. Looking back, I realize how easy it would have been to stop going to church. My classes were very time consuming and I didn't feel as if I had any friends there anyway and no one would have missed me. But because of the love and strength I was able to receive from a loving Heavenly Father, I knew that the only way I could get through that trying time was with His help. Because of my increased testimony of His love and the church, I was able to help many other girls get through similar situations during their time at school. I know without a shadow of doubt that the commandments and the principles that are taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are from God. And I know that He has given them to us to enrich and bless our lives. Even though my life is far from perfect and I have my fair share of trials, I am happy and know what true joy is, as the Lord helps me through each and every day.

How I live my faith

I have been asked by my Bishop to help serve the missionaries and their needs in our local congregation. At first I was feeling a little daunted by this request but as I have been serving and working with the missionaries I have grown to love it more and more. As I have been trying to live my every day life with more of a missionary mind, I have been blessed to have my eyes opened to many people who are in need of friendship and love. I love being an instrument in the Lord's hand to bring about His work and bless those that are in need of blessings.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Maryn
I have seen this question arise so much lately and have been trying to research as much as I can about it. As I have been reading, I keep in mind Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's talk "Lord, I Believe" from April 2013 General Conference: "Honestly acknowledge your questions and your concerns, but first and forever fan the flame of your faith, because all things are possible to them that believe." During my research, I have noticed two reoccurring themes: The first is that, as women, we are given so many sacred and Christlike traits that make us special and unique. There really is something amazing about being a woman. Womanhood is not just a term used to make women feel better about not having the priesthood - it is a true and amazing gift that each woman has. I cannot express as eloquently as past prophets, how the Lord views His daughters so if you have any doubts about your place in your Heavenly Father's eyes, read what He has said through his prophets. The second theme is the miracle of being able to create and bear children. Some think that church tells women that all they are god for is having babies. How wrong this perception is! Women are not baby factories - they are co-creators with God. Every single person who comes to earth must come do so through a woman. What a special and sacred opportunity as women we have to create life! I am truly grateful for this marvelous power that is as equal a power as the power of the priesthood. Show more Show less