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Hi I'm Merari

An energetic mom, wife, and teacher to six great kids. I love to read, bake, garden, and crochet. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family consists of a great husband, six wonderful kids and me! Among my greatest interests are: homeschooling-for over a decade now, reading the greatest works of classical literature ever written-specially the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon, self-sufficiency and home production, leadership principles of living, seeking ways of supporting and upholding the Constitution of the United States, providing relief to those in need through acts of service in a personal and community level, arts and crafts such as quilting, soaping, sewing, crocheting, and digital storybooking. I'm constantly seeking new things to learn and practice. Farming and the piano are next in line.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is the only church in the world that has the same organization that existed in Christ's original church when He walked upon the Earth. It is led by a living prophet and 12 Apostles. Jesuschrist is at the Head of the church. It is His church. As found in the Holy Bible, his followers back then were called "saints" by Him and his disciples. We are called the same today. I'm a mormon because I believe in God as being eternal and, therefore, everything He does has an eternal purpose. Being married for "eternity", for example, makes more sense to me than "until death due you part." He has given His servants on the earth the authority to bind and seal for eternity as well as unbind. I read about these things as I grew up studying the Holy Bible but could not find its practice in the church I attended. Being a disciple of Christ is more than just "believing in faith". It takes action. As a latter-day Saint, I've learned that words and deeds go together. I can believe all I want and yet without charity towards my neighbor I am nothing. Being a Mormon is about living as the Savior lived, loving as He loved, caring as He cared, reaching out to others as He did, doing what the Father wants before what I want. These things must be done without exception of persons. It's not always easy to follow Him. But living a practical religion has brought me an incredible satisfaction and sense of purpose. Most of all, I'm a member of this church because I feel God's love here. It is in every handshake, in every smile, in every small service my family receives from others. I feel His love daily-in my heart. His love fills my gloomy days and my sunny ones too. Now I know - and feel - that He's really there with me every step of the way.

How I live my faith

I show God my commitment to Him by making prayer and scripture study a part of everyday. I do this both personally and with my family. As I strive to seek knowledge and keep the commandments daily, I am blessed with guidance and direction. My family and I hold an activity called Family Home Evening each Monday. This is time to get away from the worldly routines and just be together. A short gospel principle is shared by us parents or by one of the children, we sing, pray, play games, and enjoy yummy treats. Teaching our kids right and wrong, truth and error, and the importance of work and play through FHE has brought us closer as a family. "Do as Jesus would do" and "Would I feel comfortable doing this if He were here?" are mottos I use to remind myself of what I'm supposed to be doing and doing it to show others what Jesus is like.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Food Pyramid provides a guide to healthy food choices we can make. The Word of Wisdom allows us to deepen the understanding of how our bodies can be nourished in order to receive an optimum level of health and strength. If practiced consistently, its benefits include not just wellness of our physical bodies but mental awareness and greater knowledge. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

The commandment to pay tithing is lived today the same way it was lived during times of old. It goes to help the kingdom of God on the Earth by building the chapels and temples where the saints and visitors gather. It is used to help clothe the naked and feed the hungry around the world whether they are members of the church or not. Show more Show less