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Hi I'm Megan

I'm a busy mom. I live in a small town in the Midwest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 43 years old. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but now I live in a small town in the Midwest. I earned my Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in 2004 and I work as a business analyst at a nearby hospital. My husband I have four children. I don't get much time for myself, and my house is messy, but I love being a Mom! I also enjoy hiking, walking the dog, going to lunch with girlfriends, gardening, trips to Chicago or St. Louis, and listening to all kinds of music.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, but as an adult I have made a conscious choice to continue in this faith. One of the key reasons for this decision is the Book of Mormon. I have carefully studied this book. Every time I read from it, I feel a peaceful spirit come over me and I can feel my Savior's love for me. The Book of Mormon gives me powerful insight into the mission of Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is the Word of God, because of the feeling I get--a feeling of absolute purity and truth. Because I do not doubt that the Book of Mormon is from God, I also cannot deny that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Another key reason that I have continued in my faith is because of my temple covenants. The temples of the Mormon Church are wonderful places where we can go to worship and to learn. Through priesthood power, our families can also be united together for Eternity. When I worship at the Temple, I always get a peaceful feeling, and I receive strength from God to deal with life's problems.

How I live my faith

I love to go out and visit my church Sisters in their homes. My mother did this as well and when I was young she brought me along with her sometimes. I have memories of cleaning houses, cooking meals, and bringing flowers to Sisters. One woman was in a nursing home with Alzheimer's disease and never, ever remembered my mother. But she still visited this woman regularly. I learned from my mother the importance of women supporting other women. I usually become really good friends with the Sisters I visit, and consider it a privilege when I find something I can do to help them out. I also love to help out at my children's' school programs, swim meets and other sporting events. I was a community Cub Scout leader for two years, and am currently on the committee for my town's Boy Scout troop. My 16 year-old son and I are regular volunteers for the Illinois State Special Olympics.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Megan
In my small Midwestern town I have had to respond to real accusations that I am a member of a cult. The people that were saying I was a cult member were quoting a website that got its facts all wrong! The website was wrong about our beliefs, about our temple practices, and about the lives of some early church leaders. I always encourage people to talk to Mormons to find out what Mormons believe. We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, that salvation comes only through Him. We study the Bible and believe it to be the word of God. Our doctrines are very consistent and in harmony with the Bible. And Mormons definitely choose their lifestyle. There is nothing in Mormon doctrine that is coercive. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Megan
Jesus Christ was baptized. He was baptized by immersion (going all the way under water) by someone who had the proper authority (John the Baptist). We must follow His example and also be baptized in the same manner. Baptism is a covenant with Heavenly Father. We promise to obey His commandments, to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ, and to always remember Him. God promises that we will always have His spirit with us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Megan
Well, there are all kinds of Mormon women. I have a woman Mormon friend who is a professor at Harvard University. I have another friend who is very active politically advocating for consumer rights. I have a Mormon woman friend who is a nurse. Another friend has seven children and home schools all of them. Another Mormon woman friend is a former drug user. She found the Mormon church a couple of years ago, and it has transformed her. The diversity of women in the Church is wonderful! But what most of us have in common is our faith in Jesus Christ and our commitment to do good in the world. Mormon women belong to an organization called the Relief Society, which is one of the oldest organizations for women in United States. Mormons believe in the equality of men and women. We believe that God created us male and female for a purpose, and that each gender has unique roles and responsibilities. Show more Show less