Mason speaking to more than 460 students as part of a MWAH! performance at
Northlake Middle School on November 6, 2017 (photo by Patrick Richert)
Photo of Mason Ridenour and James Agena
serenading Jacqueline Lopez at Northlake Middle School on November 6, 2017.
called ‘Original Apple Logos’ which he designed
Mason’s drawing, which he did of ‘Megamind’
My name: Mason Ridenour
The following is a message from Mason Dean Ridenour, who has become reunited (2017) with the MWAH! troupe following his move from Yorkville, Illinois to the Provo, Utah area six years ago (2011):
If I had to list my priorities, they would be 1) God and my faith; 2) my amazing family; and 3) anything and everything creative.
I consider myself a talented artist in multiple mediums, such as drawing, singing, dancing, and acting.
I love doing service for my church as shown by my completion of a two-year humanitarian mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Quebec, Canada from April 2015 to April 2017 where I taught the Gospel in French, English, a little bit of Spanish, and Creole. In Quebec I found many opportunities to perform acts of service to all people I encountered.
I joined the MWAH! Performing Arts in April 2009, and even with moving to Utah in 2011, my participation in the troupe cannot be hindered as long as I have the chance to perform. I love helping people make better decisions and inspiring them to choose the higher road. As for my current plans, I’ve enrolled at Utah Valley University, beginning in January 2018, in pursuit of a bachelors degree, and I am most excited about plans to be a husband and father within the coming years!
A message I love to pass on to others is one of hope. I have had a lot of trials and have passed through many tribulations throughout my life so far, but I’ve always seen the benefit of holding onto hope.
Life gets dark, and when those days come – when shadows and fear encumber us – we cannot give up.
There is always light at the end of the tunnel. There’s always a sunrise. There’s always hope. So we push on. We press forward. We do not give up because if we do, we’re giving into despair, fear, and discouragement. I know there’s always a happy ending.
Whether five days, five months, or even five years from now, things will be better.
I’m so grateful to live in a country with so much freedom. I’m grateful for a family that loves and supports me unconditionally, and for friends who have lifted me up and been at my side through thick and thin.
I’m grateful for everything that God has blessed me with and everything Christ has done for me so that I might have peace and hope in this life.
I truly do love everyone!
Mason Dean Ridenour
November 12, 2017