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Hi I'm Miranda

I'm a free-lance journalist. I work full time in a well known non-profit industry called parenting. I love nature. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love the outdoors and find replenishment in nature. I also love making music. My family consists of five sparkling kiddos (one who has a rare genetic condition called Tuberous Sclerosis), and one amazing husband. We move around a lot due to my husband's work and I feel blessed by the community that I have in the Church. I grew up as a member of the Church, but I've really discovered over the course of my life that it's still the only way that I want to live. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the only real source of comfort in life and the only real source of answers to life's hardest questions. I love the fine arts and I also love watching fireworks. My kids are my challenge and my joy. My favorite thing to do is go for a walk with my husband. I also love going out to dinner with friends. My greatest sense of accomplishment comes from being true to the things that I know in my heart even when circumstances would dictate otherwise.

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.

How I live my faith

I just try to live with hope and courage. Sometimes, with a child with special needs, life can feel so daunting and discouraging. I just try to hold on to my belief in Jesus Christ, in his atonement to carry our burdens of sin and sorrow, and in his life-giving resurrection. I pray every morning and ask for strength to help me through the day. Then I work to serve my family and my neighbors. I do my best to listen to the whisperings of my heart so that I know what to do and when. I ask for forgiveness quickly and try to never burn a bridge. I try to see others as the children of God that they are. I let myself have authentic emotions and then I press forward.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Miranda
We believe in Jesus Christ. We have also believe that God still speaks today and that He will continue to speak to guide those who want to follow Him. One of the evidences that Jesus is the Christ is the Book of Mormon which is like the Bible. It is an ancient record kept by people who followed Christ in the Americas. It's from this book that we get our nickname, Mormon was the main recorder of the factual stories in the book, but it is absolutely Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ who we worship. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Miranda
We believe that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are all separate individuals. The Holy Ghost is a spirit who testifies of Christ and comforts us. Some people feel the Holy Ghost's witness through a warmth in their heart when they hear the truth. Some people feel radiantly happy or start to cry. When the Holy Ghost is trying to communicate with me, usually I have thoughts that being with the words, "I ought..." The Holy Ghost is God's messenger to our hearts and minds and usually his influence is felt more than it is heard. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Miranda
When God created the earth he knew that it would be unfair to force his children into living in a fallen world. So he gave Adam and Eve a choice to stay in the garden never progressing but safe or face mortality with its attendant blessings of children and joy and its accompanying hardships of pain and death. Eve and Adam chose mortality. To give them time to learn and enable them to return to his presence, God gave them the laws of sacrifice and obedience. And he taught them to look forward to the Messiah who would pay for their sins and free them from death. It's like a debt to a bank, someone who has money has to pay the debt. We as debtors to God cannot fulfill our debt to him. But Christ, who lived a perfect, sinless life can and did. He suffered for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane. He felt our pains and carried our sorrows. And then on the cross he finished paying our debts by dying for us. By dying for us, Christ fulfilled the law of sacrifice given to Adam and Eve and redeemed them and us if we will turn to him and follow him. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Miranda
Our church is the restored church of Jesus Christ. It has all of the covenants and promises that God gave to all of the prophets throughout the entire history of the world. One of those restored teachings was polygamy. The time for it's restoration has come and been fulfilled. In our church marriage is defined as one man and one woman being married for the rest of eternity. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Miranda
I think the sexual drive is one of the most powerful internal forces given to us from God. But it's not the most powerful. The most powerful force within us is our agency-- our power to choose. I have friends and family members who are homosexual and I love them. They are wonderful, talented, kind people. And I feel compassion for them that they are pulled toward something that God has forbidden. But obeying the law of chastity is a matter of obedience and agency no matter what your sexual drive dictates. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Miranda
Nope. If you meet someone who says that they are a mormon and a polygamist they are either lying about being a member of our church or they are about to get kicked out of it. Show more Show less