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Hi I'm Maurine

I am a Virginian, a word enthusiast, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am an undergraduate student interested in Linguistics, French, and American Studies. Everything language is fascinating to me - grammar, phonetics, words, accents - all of it! So I'm kind of a nerd. I'm also kind of a huge fan of factoids and dumb jokes. Other loves - crochet, baking, Vespas, music, glow sticks, Norway, cats, and Lucky Charms.

Why I am a Mormon

Would you guess that I'm a convert? Well, yep! I am indeed. It started during my first year of college, actually. One night I attended a student-run discussion panel about the LDS Church - I'm not fully sure why. But while I was there I felt deeply impressed that something was right about my being there. That's when I accepted an invitation to go to church with some of the students that Sunday. Soon after came lessons with the missionaries, reading the Book of Mormon for the first time, attending church activities... I did all of that for about three months. But what it really came down to was prayer - I prayed to God consistently about what I was learning so that I could come to know with surety if all of it was true. That's where the conversion happened. It was on a very personal level, just between me and the Lord. And that's something that no other person could have done. I accepted the invitation to be baptized because, well...I asked and the Lord answered!

How I live my faith

This is a tough question! There's lots I could say... Well, firstly, I go to church on Sundays, and it's awesome. Sacrament meeting is the best part, in my opinion. There we partake of the Sacrament and listen to talks on various gospel topics given by members of the congregation. And don't forget that we sing hymns! Lots of 'em. The hymns might be my absolute favorite thing about Sacrament meeting actually, which is weird because it's the only time I sing out loud except for when I'm in the car by myself... Anyway. There are a ton of things I do as a Latter-day Saint - go to scripture studies, participate in service projects, find small ways to help others each day. I pray, read scripture, and reflect on the joys of life daily. In short, my faith IS my life. It's how I see things, and it's how I do things. Living the gospel really does provide me with so many glorious blessings, and I'm loving every minute of it!

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Did you know that your body produces 2.4 million new red blood cells every second? 2.4 million. That's kind of amazing. Everything about our bodies is amazing, really. The exactness, the minute details, the way in which everything works so flawlessly together... An accident without purpose? Really? But it isn't just that. Do you want to know what else blows my mind? Love. It's just...indescribable. We exercise it every day in some form or another, yet it's the most incomprehensible thing in the world. Words fail us when we try to describe it. We seek it constantly, fight for it, sometimes even give our lives for it. I don't know. I just think that means something. I honestly see love as a divine trait that people are privileged to possess, and I think that it points to something greater than we are. But maybe that's just me. Show more Show less