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Hi I'm Maren.

I love being a wife and mom, I am a cellist and I help people overcome physical disabilities and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At the foundation, I am a wife and mother and a believer in Christ. Being a believer in Christ has taught me to see the inherent value of each person. As a physical therapist, I have worked with people in all age categories and those who are dealing with many forms of suffering. In the last few years, I have had the privilege to work with people who are struggling with a terminal disease that slowly robs the patient of their ability to move, swallow and eventually breathe. Many even lose the ability to speak. As my patients slowly lose these abilities, their self worth also decreases. I believe the natural human tendency is to equate our value with what we can do or produce. Christ has taught differently. We had infinite value even before we received our physical bodies and our worth does not and will never change, regardless of our circumstances. It has built my testimony watching people grapple with this and eventually come to peace through Jesus Christ. I also remind my patients that I never knew them when they were well and how much worth and value they have in my eyes. I can feel the Lord's love for them and I can feel Him inspiring me and inspiring the patients and their families as we look for solutions. We are all of infinite worth.

Why I am a Mormon

There is something given to all men and that is the Light of Christ. It is given to us so that we can recognize pure truth. I don't know how old I was when I first felt it, but when I encountered pure truth in any form, I felt a lifting of my heart. I can remember as a child, maybe as young as four years of age, reaching in my heart to meet the strains of "Ode to Joy" or feeling pure love for an injured cat as my father cradled it in his arms. I felt the same comforting feeling following a priesthood blessing just prior to surgery at age ten. There is something pure out there. Pure truth, and it is founded upon Jesus Christ. The feeling of the Light of Christ helps us to recognize pure truth and it is even more refined following baptism and confirmation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Keeping the covenants I have made with the Lord in the waters of baptism and in the Temple helps to keep my heart and mind clear and open to the Lord's revelations, wisdom and instruction. I'm a Mormon because it's my life's greatest privilege. I cannot believe I was born in a day when the true Church of Christ has been restored again upon the earth. There is an actual and living prophet and are apostles who hold the same keys as did Peter, James and John. Light is flooding the earth and I love being a part of it. It is real. Pure truth.

How I live my faith

I try to first refresh my own faith through daily personal and family scripture study and daily personal and family prayer. This helps me to see my daily life and the lives of those around me through a gospel perspective. I truly try to see others as Christ sees them. This is often difficult and I need His constant guidance to help me increase my patience, tolerance and service to others. I also play the cello and can see a direct relationship between how much I practice and how easy a piece becomes to play. This same principle applies to living like Christ. The more I practice and invite Him into my life, the easier it becomes to live like Him. When I try to do this on my own, the road ends at frustration and solutions seem out of reach. When I seek the Lord's counsel, solutions to many of life's difficulties present themselves in ways I would never have come up with on my own. These are the times when I question why I tried to do it on my own in the first place! Trying to be a daily disciple allows me to give up feelings that would otherwise be obstacles in loving and serving others. We need Him.