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Hi I'm Maren Stafford

I grew up a tomboy...still am. I competed in collegiate sports. I have 8 kids. I lived in Germany for 12 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military family. I always wanted to be like my dad, and play sports and tell funny stories. One of my brothers was my worst enemy and best friend all mixed into one. We had lots of fun adventures growing up. I thought my mom was perfect, still do. I thought a perfect family was 4 kids, alternating boy-girl-boy-girl, thats what I wanted. I met my husband in college where we both played sports. We moved to Germany so he could play professional basketball and started our family. Boy--girl.... perfect beginning!.....twin boys--boy.... After a great career as a player my husband started coaching for another few years then we headed back home to be near family. Boy--boy--and last but not least BOY!!!! I guess my tomboy nature got me ready for this awesome adventure as a mom. My kids are active in sports and I keep dreaming of turning this place into a farm, because I strongly believe that outside and work are really good for raising a bunch of kids, let alone 7 boys. Our adventures now include leukemia, which we are battling now with my oldest boy. I'm a stay at home mom that likes to build and fix stuff, my husband is a teacher and coach. I think he is amazing and love him to death. I feel spoiled, blessed and loved. Crazy house, kids, cancer and all!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. Its just what I did growing up. I built my testimony of the truthfulness of the church on the fact that it was "Good." The things I saw in the church were "good." The service the church provided was "good." The person it was teaching me to be was "good." my family was "good" and we went to church. My mom is "good" and she taught me about the gospel. Jesus was "good" and I was taught about him. I had prayed and felt comfort before. So I believed it was true because of those things. I know now that those things are "good", those are side effects of a true church. When I got married and moved to Germany I had to form my own testimony. A stronger testimony. I was 28, I had 5 kids. I still knew the church was "good", but I hadn't taken the opportunity yet to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I had read and studied it but never prayed about it for that purpose. So as I read in the Book of Mormon I found Moroni 10:4 (we call it "Moroni's promise") 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. I decided to finally take the challenge, knowing that if I gained a testimony that it all was in fact TRUE, and not just "good", that I could no longer just rely on "good". I'd have to make a stronger stance, a stronger statement, and be a stronger person to do it. As I prayed about it, I felt a strength, and heard in my mind that the Book of Mormon was indeed the word of God. It is true. I am a Mormon not only because my parents raised me in the church. I am a Mormon because it is good. Mathew 7:16-18 By their fruits ye shall know them. And most importantly I am a Mormon because I personally received a testimony that it is true!

How I live my faith

In our church I have gotten to do many jobs. I have been a teacher for the young women, sunday school, women's group, and now I'm teaching sunday school for 11 year olds. I have gotten to go to camp with the young women and play and be silly, but one of my favorite experiences was getting to go to camp to help a girl in our group who was in a wheelchair. One of my strengths in this life is that I am pretty strong, so my job was to help her out getting her where the group was going and where she needed to go. We were camping, so the terrain was not always wheelchair friendly. Getting to serve her by using one of the gifts (Strength) my Heavenly Father had blessed me with was an amazing experience for me. When I lived in Germany our church congregation was very spread out. We would travel a ways to attend church and our activities during the week, but we actually had a blast as a family during those drives. We would sing, talk and tell stories, with an occasional lecture from mom when things needed to be sorted out. :) Sundays is church.... we get 8 kids dressed and ready. Now that we live around the corner from our church building, after they are ready we can send them on their way, and the big kids walk down to the church with the little kids while I finish getting myself ready. I live my faith by trying my best to be a good person. I am trying my best to raise a beautiful, kind, strong faithful and loving young woman, and at the same time raise 7 capable, responsible, caring, strong and faithful young men. We read scriptures and pray together as a family. I try to do learning on my own as well. I have a lot of areas in my life that I need to work on. But I feel like I am a good person, and I am trying my best to give the world more good by being here at home trying to raise these kids to be great people. I love my job!

What is the Relief Society?

Maren Stafford
An awesome organization of women!!! It is basically the women in the church who are older than 18. We meet together to learn and teach each other, serve each other and others, and sometimes just have a great time. I love it! There are all kinds of women with many different backgrounds and strengths, it is amazing to be able to learn and be strengthened by people who have been through what I am going through, and even be a strength to those who I can help. I absolutely love the Relief Society. Show more Show less