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Hi I'm Maren

I grew up in Alberta, Canada. I'm a Sister Missionary in the California Long Beach mission.

About Me

I love to sing, & play the ukulele. I love sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those around me. I am a sister missionary. I am 20. I love being happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and sometimes it was hard for me to know if I actually believed in the LDS church. I remember being at Especially For Youth (EFY) in Forest Grove, Oregon for the first time and one of my leaders told us girls in our group to pray to Heavenly Father and ask if he was there and to ask if he could send the Holy Ghost to us so we could feel his love for us. I thought it was a strange thing to ask at first as I thought that because I was a member, I didn't need to ask. On the last day of EFY before returning home, I finally decided to pray. This was the most prominent moment in my life where I have never felt The Spirit so strongly until that moment. I have never felt so loved or watched over until then. I cried so hard that people kept asking if I was alright for most of the day that I had tear stains on my cheeks. I will never forget that moment and I know that prayer can work wonders in our lives. It's a simple conversation each day with our Heavenly Father and all he wants for us is for us to have a relationship with him and to trust him. I know that Heavenly Father is and always will be there for us in our best and worst of times. I know that He loves you and me more than we could ever imagine and all you have to do is turn to Him, and he will be there; I promise.

How I live my faith

From growing up in the gospel, and being in the Young Women's Program, I learned that a positive attitude changes how you see and solve problems in your life as well as how others perceive you. From learning this and knowing how much it has helped my life, I have seen it bless many others from me doing a simple thing as smiling during the hardest times of my life. I strongly believe that it is how I gained my best friend, Haley. I have known her since I was about nine years old, but I personally believe that before one particular girl's camp we were acquaintances and I felt that she didn't like me very much. During that one girl's camp, when I think I was fourteen at the time, I overheard Haley talking behind my back and saying mean things about me. After crying in my tent for a while, I pondered on how i was supposed to act once I would leave the tent. It occurred to me that my Heavenly Father wouldn't appreciate it if I was mean right back to her, so I decided to be a nice as I possibly could and smiled so much around her that we became closer than before that summer. She thinks differently, but I have never remembered any earlier friendship, other than knowing who she was, until that girl's camp and I am very grateful for her influence on me in my life. Because I listened to Heavenly Father telling me to smile and be nice to a girl who was mean to me, I gained the most beautiful soul to be my best and dearest friend, and I thank Him for her everyday. #GoHalGo The gospel helps me to have faith and hope in things not seen and I can be happy in knowing that I'm not alone in the chaos. My Savior, Jesus Christ, is here with me to help me see the positive.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Maren
It is not required for members of the church to serve a mission, but it is strongly reccomended. "Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work." (D&C 4:3) If you have a sincere desire to serve God then you should ABSOLUTELY go on a mission; if you are mentally, phisically and emotionally able to. Don't worry too much about if you don't know enough. I'm on a mission and I'm pretty sure I don't know enough. "And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work." (D&C 4:5) He doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called. Show more Show less