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Hi I'm Merinda

I like to travel the world. I'm a full-time mom of four boys, and do lots of other things part-time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I consider my greatest joy in life my family. I am married to a wonderfully loving and helpful husband, and together we have four energetic boys, from ages 11 to 1. I graduated from Brigham Young University in English, with an emphasis in secondary education. I am a full-time mom and part-time music teacher and community activist. Just after we gave birth to our third boy, my husband's job took us to live in New Delhi, India where we lived for 2.5 years. We loved living there, meeting people from all over the world and all walks of life. We were blessed while living there to take our children on trips all over the world--from New Zealand to Thailand, from Israel to Scotland. Things have calmed down for us a bit since we moved back to the USA, but we still get our share of adventure. Our latest adventure was a long-distance cycling trip with our whole family, traveling along the Erie Canal from Niagara Falls to Palmyra, New York.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where both parents have a long heritage of membership in the LDS Church. So some might say that I am a Mormon because I was raised that way, because I don't know anything else. I have wondered the same thing at several crossroads in my life. Each time I reached those points, I have studied and prayed with all of my heart, asking hard questions and seeking real answers. It turns out that the answers from the Lord have been pretty much the same from ages 15 to 34. He tells me through the Holy Ghost I am on the right path, and if I continue in faith He will guide me day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Sometimes my faith feels like too much work, like something only a crazy over-zealous person would do. But each time I ask in faith, the Lord gently reminds me why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because the Savior lives and this is His church. I know from the top of my head to the tip of my toes that His teachings are true, and they bring me and my family peace and happiness as we live them. How can I help but pass this good news along to my family and friends?

How I live my faith

To me, the most important thing I do as I live my faith is begin each day with a prayer and scripture reading. In that prayer I ask the Lord to guide me to do the things that He would have me do that day to live His gospel. Usually that means that I care for my family and teach them to do what is right. Some days that means I visit and serve the three women I am assigned to watch out for in our church women's organization. Other days it means I try to build goodwill in my neighborhood and community. On more days than I'd like to admit, I fail in my quest to serve the Lord by saying or doing something hurtful, or just plain wrong. On those days, I try to pick up the pieces, and go to my Father in Heaven in prayer, seeking for forgiveness and strength to do better and be better tomorrow.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Absolutely. The Savior is the cornerstone of our faith, the source of the Atonement for our sins, and the means by which we can all be resurrected and live with Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a spiritual witness through the Holy Ghost of truth. It's KNOWING that something is true, not because you know everything about it (though study definitely plays a part in the process), but because you FEEL with all your heart that it is true. This knowledge or testimony that the Book of Mormon is true, that the Savior lives, that we have a living prophet on the earth, that families can be together forever is what carries me through my days and years with peace and joy. Show more Show less