Hi I'm Meaghan
I just got back from serving a mission in San Diego, Spanish speaking. I loved it so much! It helped me come to know so much more about other people and cultures as well as God's never ending love for His children. So, right now I am going to school and studying "Art Education," which means I'm studying to be an art teacher. I love drawing, painting, and just creating something. I also love singing, playing the guitar, the cello, and the ukulele. I also like to run and walk everywhere I go.
Why I am a Mormon
Well, I grew up in the church and was baptized on my eighth birthday. I do feel like each and every person’s story of conversion is a little bit different though regardless of when they joined the church. Both of my parents are converts to the church and my mom was actually baptized while she was pregnant with me. When I was in my early teen years something really stood out to me in a lesson at church. We learned that we should study and read the scriptures every day. We rarely read the scriptures together in my family, but I decided to give it a try and that principle has stayed with me ever since. I started studying the scriptures and praying for the first time. My testimony grew and expanded so much as I was immersed in the scriptures. That’s when I became truly converted to the church.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
When I fully understood that I was a daughter of God, my perspective of life changed so much. I didn't really understand the phrase "I am a child of God" until I came on my mission. I learned that we are children of a Father in Heaven. We call him father for a reason. He is not some distant stranger. He is our Father and he is actively involved in our lives. We lived with before we came here to this earth. He raised our spirits and then he sent us here to the earth to learn and progress. What a great opportunity we have. We can become more like our Father in Heaven by following His great plan of happiness. He loves us so much. Knowing this, it's easier to get through the hard times. I can always rely on the fact that there is always someone on my side. The Savior has gone through the same thing that I have. I know that He lives and that He wants me to be happy. To know the truth brings me so much happiness. Heavenly Father wants us to come back to live with him Our families truly can be together forever. This life is not the only life there is. There is more. There is a plan.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
We go on missions because we love God and we love our brothers and sisters. I just returned home from serving a mission and it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The main reason why I wanted to serve was because I felt that God had given me so much. I wanted to find some way to serve Him and let Him know how grateful I was. He has commanded us that we should "love one another." He has also admonished us to "feed [His] sheep." I love the happiness that I have found through Christ that I want to be able to help others feel that happiness. I would have felt selfish if I decided not to serve a mission or share what I know. The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought so much hope into my life. Everyone deserves to feel that hope.
Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.
The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ happened so perfectly. It truly was a restoration of all things. Many people may feel like our church started from the imaginations of one person, but The Church of Jesus Christ was established anciently and it was meant to bless the lives of God's children. It was built upon principles of faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Before Christ lived on the earth, God called prophets, or messengers, to speak to man and to share His love with His children. Most, if not all, of these prophets were rejected. Eventually, Jesus Christ came to the earth and people even rejected Him, the Son of God. Truth slowly began to be distorted, changed, or simply lost from the earth. Our message to the world is that God still speaks to man today! In 1830, a young man sought out the truth and through his prayers, he received so much more than he ever expected to receive. Joseph Smith, this young man, had a vision of the Father and the Son. They spoke to him and called him by name. God certainly does know His children. Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet. God heard this young man's prayer, as well as the billions of prayers of those who were likewise seeking the truth. Our Heavenly Father, out of love, has given us knowledge and light! Those same gospel principles of faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end that were established anciently were brought back to the earth and continue to bless and serve the world. It has changed my life. I know that God loves us. I know that there is a living prophet today and that God will never forsake us. I know these things through the gift of prayer, which is a gift from God. We can pray to Him and know of the truth of all things.
How I live my faith
I love my church meetings. They are generally with other students like me. It’s great fun. I am one of the choristers at church and get to conduct the music every Sunday. One thing I like about the church is the sense of duty and service to those around us. Everyone seems willing to help each other out. Many of us are a long ways away from home, but we treat each other like family.