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Hi I'm Marianne

I am wife and mother, an aviator, and an adventurer of a beautiful life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to consider myself an adventurer. While growing up I was enthralled by stories of explorers, sailors, aviators, and daredevils. I've lived many beautiful adventures of my own including living and working aboard a small sailing vessel, piloting a small aircraft solo across thousands of miles of the American midwest, and finally falling in love with a wonderful man and starting a family. I've come to realize that some of the most exciting uncharted territory I will discover is within myself. The most fulfilling mountains I have to summit are found in the lessons that I have learned and have yet to learn about love, patience, humility and faith. I love being a wife. I love being a mother. It is the hardest thing I have ever done but when my little sons gives me their smiles, I know that every second of lost sleep and every crumb I vacuum off the floor is worth it. I love homemaking. I thrive off experimentation in the kitchen and my husband (almost) always graciously accepts the role of guinea pig. I love to write and I love to travel. I love to play the piano and I love attempting to play the banjo. I love to fly. My first flight as a fifteen year old began a lifelong passion for the freedom of the sky. I love nature, hiking, boating, animals, mountains, sunsets and starry summer nights. Lastly, I love to learn. I will be a student of something until the day I die. Life offers us endless possibilities.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the most challenging decisions of my life I made when I was twenty-four. I had completed enough flight training to become a commercial pilot in fixed-wing aircraft and was deep into my training for a flight instructor certificate when I received a strong spiritual impression that I needed to leave it behind to become a full time missionary. I had been raised by parents who were converts to the LDS faith and at an early age I felt the goodness and truth of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I had received spiritual assurances from Heavenly Father that He knew me personally, loved me, and had a plan for me. But because of my passion for aviation, I struggled to choose. I eventually trusted my future into the Lord's hands instead of my own, and departed on a mission to the southwest United States. That decision would change me forever. On my mission I learned by true, daily experience that living as Jesus Christ taught brings the greatest happiness possible in this life. Continuing since that time, the faith of my childhood has blossomed into a greater understanding of just how true the gospel of Jesus Christ is. We have a Savior who loved us enough to sacrifice himself on our behalf and provide a way for happiness now and for eternities to come. His love gives me eternal hope. The scriptures are an anchor for my soul and the words of his living modern-day prophets are truth for our time. I've come to know that as I have read their words or followed their counsel. Trying to live what I believe is hard - but somehow, by doing the hard things the Lord asks, life is always better and the effort is always worth it. I know the Lord keeps his promises. He promises to not leave us comfortless, and he doesn't. I have felt the peace only He can bring. He promises to answer our prayers, and he does. I have felt his answers guide my mind, my heart and my life. He promises He knows the way, so I follow. And each day I know with more clarity that the gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I love that Christ taught a gospel of action. He was continually serving and continually reaching out to the individual. In my small and simple way, I try to be like that. I give my time not only to my family, but also in a smaller part to my community, and to the community of saints I gather with each week. It's a challenge and a joy to lead our congregation's group of children and assist their teachers weekly. I also have the chance to volunteer with the Cub Scouts. Sometimes when I get overwhelmed and grumpy, I have to remind myself that the world is bigger than just Marianne and that the Lord's purpose for my life is bigger than what I see at the moment. I am a follower of Christ because there have been times in my life where I have experienced the hollow emptiness of walking alone in the world, and I know that is not how I want to live. So I pray for daily help to follow the gospel, for the vision to see opportunities for being a blessing to someone else, and for the strength to forget myself and go to work. Every time I serve, the "sacrifice" brings an unexpected blessing that doesn't seem logical to my finite mind - happiness. Even though I'm not the best example of living it all the time, I truly believe in the scripture that says "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." - Luke 6:38