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Hi I'm Abigail Maren

I'm a teacher I'm happy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To sum me up, Im an active 25 year old who loves having a good time. My favorite activities include running and playing sports. I have ran two marathons and felt incredibly good about achieving this life long goal of mine. I am about to finish up with my college degree in Elementary Education. Im excited to be a teacher and hopefully help children learn, as I feel that education is so important. I also enjoy just being with family and friends out in the country camping or riding the four wheels. My family is a huge part of my life and I would be lost without them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon, not because I was raised in the church. Yes, that is a contributing factor which I'm very grateful for. However, there comes a time in each member of the church's life where they must know for themselves. My testimony or my witness of this gospel is continually growing. However, I can think of the specific time when my faith in Jesus Christ was first confirmed. I was a young 12 year old girl going through a very difficult time in my life. My perfect life was being destroyed by the actions of people very close to me. My father decided he wanted to divorce my mother. My heart was broken, more than I ever realized. The next few years were a struggle for my family. I watched my mothers life be torn apart. My family was falling apart before my eyes. I struggled with self esteem and other things. My fourteen year old sister turned to alcohol and drug abuse causing more stress in our lives. I was at a point at a very young age where I knew I had to make the deciscion to follow the path of my mother with faith in God or to follow the path of my father which appeared easier but it was not following God. I was blessed with great people in my life at that time including woman who were my teachers in church. I remember them teaching me about God's Love and that I am his daughter and he is accutely aware of me and my struggles. I remember them telling me that I was not alone. Despite knowing deep down that was true, it wasn't easy to have faith when I saw my family going through this difficult trial. I went through a brief time of depression and horrible thoughts of how no one cared about me and life wasn't worth living. This type of thought is greatly against my character. However, despite all these times I continued to attend church and continued to talk with people I know cared about me and my family. Through these people and the things I was learning I decided I needed to continue praying and reading my scriptures and I believed Heavenly Father would help me. My faith was deepened as I did what I thought I should be doing. I can remember a time to sacred to me to share with the world, but I can say that I recieved a powerful confirmation from Heavenly Father that helped me KNOW that God was aware of me personally. I knew that he loved ME personally and that he wanted the best for me! This feeling is indescribable, but it was a huge moment in my life. It helped me to realize that God is real that his son Jesus Christ is real. I realized that no mountain is to steep with the help of the Savior. I realized that all my burdens could be lifted and carried by the savior. This feeling and assurance of the Savior's love was the beginning of my testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. From that time, it hasn't always been easy, but I can truly say I felt many of my burdens and trials lifted through the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. From that point in my life I have continued to learn and grow. It is a continous process and even now almost 13 years later I am still learning and still developing my faith. I have since the age of 12 served in many capacities in the church. I have served a 1.5 year mission in Minnesota and through all my life's experiences there is one thing I can always be sure of and that is that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. That I am a Child of God and that he loves me and wants the best for me. I know that having Faith is the 1st principle of the gosple followed by repentance and then being baptized by the correct authority and recieving the holy ghost along with enduring to the end. As a missionary I would always tell people I like to look at it as Enjoy to The End. I have so much to be grateful for. I am so grateful for the Bible and Book of Mormon which testify of Christ. I know that whatever I have to go through in this life the Lord will always have his hands outstretched to me. The gospel of Jesus Christ as restored in the 1830s is true and it has blessed my life Immensly!

How I live my faith

My faith is a day in and day out apart of my life. Every minute and every thing I do is because of my commitment to my faith in Jesus Christ. I try to serve and help others as much as possible and I also embrace the service and love others offer to me. One of my favorite things about being a Latter Day Saint is the many opportunities I have to serve others of my faith and outside of my faith. I have had the opportunity to serve as a teacher to the woman in the church. I have the opportunity to have leadership positions within the woman's organization and also over the Institute of Religion for young single adults. Through these callings I have been able to work with other great people in planning and organizing activities. I have also had the opportunity to visit and meet many people. I have also had an opportunity to be a full time missionary of the church where all I did all day was meet and talk with people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through these experiences I have learned so much about myself and about others. I am grateful for the commrodority that exists within the church.

Are Mormons Christians?

Abigail Maren
I was asked this question frequently on my mission. To answer simply yes Mormons are Christians. What does it mean to be Christian? According to the dictionary to be a Christian is a person who believes in Jesus Christ and a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ. In the "Mormon" church we full heartedly believe in Jesus Christ. The name of our church is suprisingly not the Mormons our church name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that when I go to church I hear the words and teachings of Christ and I am encouraged by my fellow church members to follow a life patterned after the Savior. I am not perfect but I try to learn about the life and teachings of the Savior everyday and then apply them everyday. I know that without the Savior I am nothing. It is to him that I owe everything to and will always be indebted to. Show more Show less