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Hi I'm Meridith

I am an editor, a musician, a heart mom, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I received my degree in English, and I absolutely love taking rough writing and making it shine. I am a violist and violinist by hobby and love participating in community orchestras and theater. I'm loving this adventure of being a mother and being able to teach my sweet children all things I believe and enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

Even having been raised in this faith, when I was away to college, I reached a point that I was so lonely and so lost and didn't even know if God was there or if He loved me. I was talking to my brother-in-law at the time, and he stopped me and asked if I had ever asked Him. I couldn't remember if I really had. So, that night I prayed and asked those simple questions to Him: "Are you there? Do you love me?" And when I did, an encompassing, overwhelming feeling of peace and warmth and love surrounded me—something I had never felt before. I can never deny that real feeling, as real as if someone I love had wrapped a warm blanket around me and hugged me tight. I KNOW God is real and that He knows and loves me. I realized that I could pray in the same way concerning other facets of my faith, regarding the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. As I have studied the scriptures diligently and the life of Joseph Smith (and other prophets) and have prayed sincerely, I have felt that same powerful witness of their truthfulness. As I continue to pray for confirmation as I study the scriptures daily, I receive it. My faith was tested when our six-month-old daughter was rushed to the children's hospital in mild heart failure, diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. I felt like the whole world was swept out from under me as my baby was taken away from me to be put under anesthesia for a procedure that she may not live through. At that moment I felt that my Savior Jesus Christ had not left me alone. I felt real peace that only could come through Him. I have seen miracles, not only in my daughter, but also in myself as I've had to rely more on my Savior. I've come to rely on Him as my foundation, and I know that His love and Atonement is real and ever-present. I know that God lives and loves us and that He has created a way for families to not be separated after this life but to be together forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to raise my children to follow God's commandments and to feel His love in our home through my own actions. I'm also developing a love for searching out my ancestors and their stories through family history and teaching others to do the same. I have been given specific women in my neighborhood to watch over and serve each month, and I love finding ways to be of service to them.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Being chaste means not only avoiding immoral acts, but also keeping your body and mind pure. We believe that our bodies are gifts from God, and by dressing modestly, we are showing respect to ourselves, to others, and to God. Dressing modestly helps both us and those around us to keep our minds pure. I hope to help my children understand that the way they behave and dress represents their level of respect for themselves and for others. Show more Show less