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Hi I'm Maren

I served as a Young Performing Missionary in Nauvoo, IL. Preparing to serve an 18-month mission in Nagoya, Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musical theatre fanatic. I listened and sang along to The Phantom of the Opera when I was very young and have been singing ever since. I started performing in elementary school and, since then, I've been given some incredible opportunities including playing Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Lina Lamont in Singin' In the Rain and Eponine in Les Miserables. Right now, I'm a student at Brigham Young University hoping to get into the Music Dance Theatre program; I hope to someday perform on Broadway and West End in London. As much as I love the performing arts, I cherish home and family above all else. I'm the youngest of six very eclectic kids with two parents who are quite nearly perfect. My mom is my best friend, my dad is my trusted adviser and my siblings are my inspiration. Because of them, I hope to marry in the temple and raise a big, rambunctious family (ten kids, I'm crossing my fingers). I'm an avid reader, especially romance. I am a big fan of the cinema, especially the black and white kind, and watch far too much Doctor Who. I adore all things vintage and can't get enough of the outdoors. One day, I hope to travel and visit all the places on my Pinterest board, "Wonders of the World," and learn French, Italian, Spanish, ASL and Swahili (why not?). I devour foods of all kinds. I love art and hope to one day study painting, ceramics, photography and perhaps sewing (that may be pushing it). I believe in smiling and laughing every day.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon brings me tremendous peace and joy. Because of the teachings of the Church, I have hope for the future. I am not afraid of what lies in store because I know that if I live the way that God wants me to that He will direct my every step. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who listens intently and answers every prayer. These answers may not be what we want or expect but I know that He blesses us in a way that stretches, strengthens and enables us. I know that everything around us, sunsets, stars, trees and riverbeds, teaches us and testifies of His love. It's all for us! I know that families can be together forever because of promises made in God's Holy Temple. Whenever a family member has passed away or a friend says goodbye, I know that I will see them and talk to them again. I have never doubted that. I know that The Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible is the true word of God. I know that because I have bent a knee and asked Heavenly Father and the feelings I received in my heart were very real and remarkable. The scriptures, The Book of Mormon and the Bible together, have directed, comforted and instructed me; within, you can find the answer to every question. I know that Jesus Christ understands us better than we understand ourselves. There have been times when I have felt utterly alone, lowly, wretched, miserable, afraid, worthless and hopeless but, because Christ suffered my every pain and died for me, died for all of us, I can start over. Because of Him, my slate has been wiped clean and I have been made whole again and again. I know that God is merciful, He is a God of order and love, He is a God with a plan, a plan for each of us. He has not left us alone, His ultimate purpose, His number-one goal is to get us all home and I know that being a Mormon is the best and only way for me to return to Him. I know that this Church, its teachings, its Prophets, its principles are inspired by God, divine and beautiful.

How I live my faith

Recently, I had the remarkable opportunity to serve as a Young Performing Missionary for the Church in Nauvoo, IL, a place that is immersed in Church History, a community where everyone knows, loves and serves everyone and, because of this, the Spirit that you feel there is unmistakable; it is Heaven on earth. It was there that my testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith, the Restoration of the Gospel, The Book of Mormon, the guidance of the Holy Ghost and the very real need for the Atonement was solidified. We had six to seven performances a day which resulted in about 30-40 performances a week resulting in a very rigorous, exhausting but incredibly worthwhile experience. Our voices were shot, our shin splints unbelievable, a foot and a couple ankles were broken but the Lord enabled and strengthened us to do His work in a very unique and wonderful way. The shows we performed illustrated the lives of the early members of the Church in the 1840s and to portray these people who had such faith and hope in God was amazing. As Young Performing Missionaries, we witnessed miracles everyday, from those ankles being healed to massive storms passing over our heads to someone accepting a Book of Mormon, and I know that those miracles were a direct result of prayer and faith. The people that we interacted with were changed by these miracles and it is because of that change that I witnessed, not only in those around me but in myself, that I have chosen to accept the call to serve, with a full and willing heart, in the Japan Nagoya mission for 18 months. I cannot wait to share the happiness of being a Mormon with the people of Japan and for the rest of my life in whatever capacity I can.