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Hi I'm Marianne Meiners

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

About Me

Hi! My name is Marianne Meiners and I live with my husband Craig in Provo, Utah. I graduated from Brigham Young University in Marriage and Family Studies in April 2013. I am currently working for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit called Teens Act. We help teens who are on the verge of failing out of high school to gain the motivation and skills they need so that they can graduate from high school and go on to college. I am the grant-writer/fundraiser and I also supervise two PR interns who help us with marketing. My position is officially that of an Americorps VISTA (volunteers in service to America) and so I am paid through the National Corporation for Community Service. I am passionate about learning how we can create and maintain strong families in our society today. While in college I studied pornography addiction, and I feel very strongly that we need to teach our children how to avoid and turn away from the sexually explicit media that is everywhere. I am also passionate about learning how to improve our education system and narrow the achievement gap. Now that I am working for a nonprofit I am starting to get into all kinds of social innovation stuff! I love the outdoors, walks, hikes, plants, and animals. I want to get better at cooking because I am a total foodie : ) I love to sing and I have all my life. I love discussing social issues with friends or around the dinner table where there are high levels of respect and civility present.

Why I am a Mormon

Like I said before, I have been a member all of my life. I think at first I was just going with the flow. I went to church because my family went to church. But as I grew older, I began to recognize that there was something more there. Every time I heard about the gospel, I felt a warm feeling in my heart and something in my mind said, 'this is right.' I began to live the truths that I was taught with enthusiasm and I have reaped the benefits. I read the Book of Mormon seriously, pondered about what it said, prayed about it, and felt peace and assurance. As I read it daily I can just feel how true it is. In this world today, so many people are confused about what is true, who is right, etc., but I feel like I have clarity. It just makes sense to me that in our day and age we would have prophets and apostles just like in times of old, to guide us in these troubled times. I feel so much happier when I am living the way we are taught in my church than when I'm not. I know that the doctrine taught in the LDS faith is true and brings us closer to God and helps us progress as individuals. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins and it is because of Him that I can return to live with God again.

How I live my faith

My faith is a huge part of my life. In fact, it is the foundation of my life. I have been a member all of my life and I participate by serving in my local congregation. As a teenager, I had several opportunities to serve in my youth group as a youth leader. I was able to help organize and plan activities, as well as fellowship other youth my age. Here in Provo my responsibility in my local ward (congregation) is to teach the children music from our religious children's songs. It is so much fun! Every Sunday I go to the service at church which has 3 meetings: Sacrament meeting-members of the congregation speak on selected gospel topics and members participate in the partaking of the sacrament. Sunday School-Other gospel topics are taught by a teacher. Right now we are studying the Old Testament. Relief Society-the women in the congregation meet together to study other gospel topics. Church is a wonderful experience! It uplifts me every Sunday and helps me live my faith better the rest of the week.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Marianne Meiners
In the eyes of God, all of His children are equal. We believe this very strongly as Latter-day Saints. A common misconception is that since men and women have different roles, they must be viewed as unequal. Differences to not correlate with inequality. We believe that a woman's divine role as a mother is just as important as a father's role as provider. They are both necessary to create a healthy, happy, eternal family. Women are encouraged to be modest in dress and character (as are the men). They may work or stay at home, depending on situation. Teen women participate in a Young Women's program where they learn the values of faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue. Adult women in the church participate in what is called Relief Society where they continue to grow in those values as wives and mothers. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Marianne Meiners
Mormon's typically hold very conservative values. In dress, we are encouraged to dress modestly and not show too much skin. We don't drink, smoke, drink coffee, or tea, according to a code of health we have called the Word of Wisdom, which was revealed in Joseph Smith's time. We believe living a morally clean life, which includes complete abstinence before marriage and complete fidelity to one's spouse after marriage. We also believe in having clean language. We believe in only participating in media that is wholesome and uplifting. We avoid movies and music that portray immorality and violence as acceptable. We believe in serving others and following the example of the Savior. We live the way we do because we believe that these standards come from God, through the voice of His prophets, old and modern. We believe that this is the way Christ would have us live. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Marianne Meiners
Yes, we do indeed believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who has redeemed us from our sins. We believe that He came to this earth, lived a perfect life, and performed the atonement, as recorded in the Bible. We also believe that he visited the Americas shortly after and taught the people there His gospel, as recorded in the Book of Mormon. Even though we make plenty of mistakes, we can be forgiven and cleansed through Him. It is through Him that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Christ's love for us is perfect. We can always turn to him in our pains, sorrows, and burdens. He lifts us and makes us feel whole. We do the very best we can, improve ourselves in His ways, and He makes up the rest by His grace. We believe in both works and grace. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Marianne Meiners
Like I said earlier, I studied pornography addiction in college. One thing we can do in our own families is support the idea that the body is sacred, but also make sure to never neglect educating our youth about their bodies from the medical perspective. They need to understand why the body is the way it is not from what they hear from their friends, but from their parents, doctors, etc. If they don't hear the truth, the only thing they'll have to go off of is the crude things they may hear from their peers at school. If they recognize the sanctity of the body, and gain a testimony of it, pornography will not be so appealing to them because they will realize the fact that it is a lie. Additionally, when a child confronts pornography accidentally online or elsewhere, they should have no fear or shame in going to their parents for comfort and help. Parents need to make it clear to their children starting at a young age, that they can ALWAYS come and talk to them if something like that happens. If you foster an open, secure, and loving relationship with each of your children, I truly believe that so much heartbreak can be prevented. It sounds simple, but that's really all we can do. Also, you may want to support local organizations in your own community that are fighting against pornography and fighting for morality in the media. Vote for wise and moral legislators who you trust will fight against the inhumane pornography industry. Show more Show less