Hi I'm Miranda
I grew up in Utah and now I live in North Dakota because of my husband's work. We met in college, each finished our education and now have four exceptionally sparkling kiddos, if I do say so myself! I stay at home with the juniors to promote their optimum growth-- and mine. I love having time to compose my music and write.
Why I am a Mormon
I feel strongly that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church that could really make me happy because it is the only church that promises that my family can be together as a family after we die. And it gives us the tools we need to help us be together now. When I was a little girl, I met President Monson, the current President of the Church. And even though I was just a child I felt the greatness of his spirit and the kindness within him. I know he's a prophet on the earth, for us, right now.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet because of the Book of Mormon. When I read the Book of Mormon it changes my heart from wanting to do things my way to wanting to do things the Lord's way. I know that the book comes from God because it turns me to him. In the Bible, Christ teaches that you will know the difference between a true prophet and a false prophet by what "fruit" they bring forth. Well, the Book of Mormon is Joseph Smith's fruit. And because of it, I know him to be a true prophet.
How has attending Church services helped you?
I used to attend church without my husband, pretty frequently, just me and the kids. For a long time I really dreaded going to church. It was just so hard to keep my little kids quiet and then try to listen to the speaker and actually feel like I got anything from the experience. But as I kept going, at least for me, it became an opportunity to prove to the Lord that I was willing to do whatever he asked. By showing my obedience by attending church I gained the blessing of inspiration. It usually didn't come while I was at church, it usually came later in the week when I had a quiet moment to myself. Another blessing that came from my church attendance was that I had confidence when it came time for me to ask Heavenly Father for help-- I had done my part. Going to church when you haven't been in the habit or when you're alone can be really hard, but I know that the Lord blesses us when we attend church. That's why I try so hard to get there even though I live about two hours away from my congregation.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
Pray together. Read scriptures together. We have a family night together every monday night where we talk about Christ and we do an activity together. We read the scriptures every day as a family. And my husband and I read the word of God on our own every day too. Sometimes it feels like everyone is on edge and yelling at each other. When that happens, I really try to use a softer voice. It seems like most of my children's attitudes are a reflection of mine so I try to get a grip when we start getting dissonance.
How I live my faith
I hold occasional meetings for the Relief Society. The Relief Society is the Lord's organization for women aged 18-108! It's really exciting to help create hats for newborns, leper bandages, help in my community by volunteering, learning how to be more self reliant fiscally and emotionally, and how to strengthen--always strengthen-- my testimony of Jesus Christ and my ability to serve him in my family.