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Hi I'm Megdalynn

I'm the wife of a 4th year medical student, a musician, and the mother of 3 (almost 4!). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life, I play the piano, the violin, the viola, and I love singing. Occasionally I find the time to do some acting, but my true obsession is my children. I grew up in Utah Valley, but have moved many times since getting married as I've followed my husband in his career.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints helps me to become the best I can be. The teachings of the Church inspire me to constantly seek to be better, and to draw closer to divinity. I'm a Mormon, because I know God loves us, and because I want to live with him again someday.

How I live my faith

I get to live my faith by teaching children about the gospel through music! There have been many times in my life when the lyrics of a song have helped me to remember how much God loves me, and all of His children. These simple reminders really help me to embrace my life, and to treat God's children with love and kindness.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Megdalynn
You can visit with Missionaries, or with members of our Church. You can request your own free copy of "The Book of Mormon" at http://mormon.org/free-book-of-mormon/ You can read more on www.mormon.org or www.lds.org and you can even chat online with a representative of the Church! Missionaries are members of our Church who have volunteered to devote a portion of their lives to sharing the gospel with others, and they would love to introduce you to other members of our Church! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Megdalynn
YES!!! :) We believe in Jesus CHRIST, the Savior and Redeemer of the world, the Messiah, the Son of God, yes, the one in the New Testament in the Holy Bible! We try to act as He would want us to. We try to honor His life, His teachings, His atonement in all we think, say, and do. We devote our lives to Him and His gospel. I pray every day that others will see me as a Christian, and that I will be worthy of being called such. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Megdalynn
Who gave us everything in this world? It was God! Everything we have is a result of what He has given us. Offering a measly 10% back to Him to help build His meetinghouses, temples, etc. is a way to demonstrate our gratitude to Him for all we have been given, and to build our faith and testimonies. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Megdalynn
Ha ha ha, no! That would be very un-Christlike, wouldn't it?! We seek to help all mankind. We do this in a variety of ways, and we try not to draw attention to the help we give. We don't help others so that they will notice us and think better of us - we help others because we are all God's children, because we are following Christ. :) Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Megdalynn
God's grace is sufficient for all mankind. God's gift of Christ to the world allows everyone to be resurrected someday. His gospel is one of love, mercy, kindness and forgiveness. His grace ensures our salvation. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Megdalynn
A ward or branch is basically a geographical area, like a neighborhood or city. The members of our Church who live in that area attend services in the same building at the same time. A stake is a group of wards (and branches), a larger geographical area that includes the different wards' areas. Members of our Church who live within a particular Stake meet together for various activities and sometimes special Church services. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Megdalynn
Yes! When I was a teenager I spent two years learning about and reading the Holy Bible. I have personally read the KJV from cover to cover. We read, quote, and study the Bible in Church. We are supposed to do those same things in our homes as well! I love the Bible, and I regard it as Holy scripture, and I know that it is the word of God. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Megdalynn
We need a Savior because we sin. At some point in our life, we make a bad decision that is contrary to God's will. God is so powerful, so perfect, so Holy, that no un-clean thing can dwell in his presence. If we want to live with God, then we must be made perfect - or clean. This is impossible for us because we are human! But Jesus Christ wasn't just human. He was also the Son of God. He sacrificed for us, paid the price for our sins, so that through Him, we can become clean, become perfect, and live with God again. The word Savior means 'one who saves'. Jesus Christ saves us from being eternally separated from God and His goodness, light, and glory. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Megdalynn
Yes! Marriage is ordained by God, He gave us our families, and He wants us to be happy! I know that families will live together in Heaven, and I look forward to spending eternity with my husband. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Megdalynn
The Law of Chastity is that a man or woman will have no sexual relations outside the bonds of holy matrimony. Basically, sexual relationships are to be held only between the husband and wife, and no others! Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Megdalynn
Isn't "Mormon" kind of a funny name for a group of people?! Basically, people found it easy to identify members of our church by their belief in "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ" so they started calling people who believed in "The Book of Mormon" Mormons! Mormon was actually the name of the prophet who edited the book, so when people call me a 'Mormon' I am reminded of the Christian example that he set. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Megdalynn
By praying and asking God if it is! Of course, it helps to know more about what Mormonism is, and what we believe. My advice? Learn as much as you can, read the scriptures, invite the Holy Spirit into your life. Talk to the Missionaries, come to Church. Try to live like Jesus would want you to, and then sincerely ask God if all that you are learning is true! Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Megdalynn
#1) Don't use it! Don't succumb to the falsities that pornography represents! #2) Sincerely pray to God and ask Him if you are His child, and if He loves you. When you understand who you are, you don't want to represent yourself in this way, or see others represented like that either. #3) Teach your children about who they really are: children of God! Teach them to respect others as children of God. Teach them to view their bodies as a gift from God, and that they are responsible for using their body in a way that will help them return to live with God in Heaven. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Megdalynn
We will go to Heaven or Hell. We will be resurrected (reunited with our perfected bodies). We will be judged. We will be damned, or exalted. We will be blessed by God's love no matter what. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Megdalynn
Faith is knowing something that you can not see, hear, or touch. It's deeper than believing something. It grows when it is exercised. Do you know that there is more beyond this life? If so, you have faith! Do you know that there is a God? If so, you have faith in God. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Megdalynn
If authority wasn't important anyone could baptize themselves and declare themselves absolved from any and every sin, and they could do it whenever they felt like it! What would be the point of baptism then? We don't have that right - that authority! So, if SOMEONE has to have the authority - the right - to baptize in the name of Jesus Christ, they have to be able to explain WHERE they got the authority from, otherwise they could simply be claiming to have the right without Jesus having given them the authority to act in His name. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Megdalynn
The purpose of life is to receive a physical body, so that we can become more like God, and return to live with him in a perfect state. We will be tried and tested, but that is part of learning to become like God. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Megdalynn
The Book of Mormon chronicles some of the events and lives of ancient people on the American continent, and the revelations that God gave to them. In this regard, it is just like the Bible which chronicles some of the events and lives of ancient people of the world, and specifically, of Jews and the revelations that God gave to them! An angel revealed the location of where this record was buried to Joseph Smith. The record was in the form of plates made of gold, which the writing was inscribed upon. The translation of these 'gold plates' resulted in "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ". Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Megdalynn
During a time of great religious excitement and revival in 1820, a 14 year-old young man sought to find the answers to questions he had about the various religions, about the doctrines they were preaching, and chiefly, about which one was right. He read a Bible verse one day that helped him find the answer: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (KJV James 1:5) He took his questions to God through prayer, and received an amazing answer. The answer he received was in the form of a vision: God, the Eternal Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to that 14 year-old boy. So he asked them which of all the different religious sects was right, and which one he should join. He was told that he should join none of them, for they were all wrong! Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Megdalynn
We have 3 different meetings during our Church service. The longest one is for everyone - entire families sit together on seats, or rows of benches. The meeting is opened with a prayer and a Hymn, followed by some simple announcements and occasionally changes in what jobs people have been doing at church. Then comes the best part of the meeting - the sacrament. We sing a Hymn about Christ's sacrifice, and a special prayer is said over small pieces of bread. If we agree to the terms of the prayer, we partake of the bread as it is reverently distributed throughout the congregation. Then a special prayer is said over individual little cups of water, and if we agree to the terms of the prayer, we drink the water as it is reverently distributed throughout the congregation. The rest of the meeting is filled with words spoken by members of the congregation. We don't have a 'Preacher' who preaches to us every week. Once a month this time is open to whomever feels prompted to speak, and the other Sundays feature specific members of the congregation who have been invited in advance to speak regarding a particular topic. Almost all of us are not professional speakers, and sometimes speaking in Church is very intimidating, so the member may even read their speech from a paper that they have prepared before the meeting. There is usually a hymn in between these speakers, and a hymn and prayer at the end of the meeting. We refer to this meeting as "Sacrament Meeting" and it tends to last an hour and fifteen minutes. Sunday School consists of studying the scriptures and words of the prophets, and a teacher is assigned to prepare a lesson and guide discussions. Children and young adults have their own Sunday School classes, by age groups. It is opened and concluded with prayer. This meeting lasts about 45 minutes. The final meeting is conducted for Adult members of the individual sexes: the men in one room, the women in another. These meetings open with a prayer and hymn. The women call their meeting "Relief Society" and the men refer to theirs as "Preisthood". This meeting also lasts about 45 minutes, and is usually taught by a member who has been assigned a specific subject to teach on. Children attend "Primary" which consists of a gospel centered message and activity, and religious songs. Young adults attend their own meetings with members of the same sex, teen-aged ladies attend "Young Women" and teen-aged gentleman attend "Young Men". These meetings lasts about 45 minutes, and ends with a prayer. We welcome visitors to ANY and ALL of these meetings! Please join us as we worship God and learn more about His plan for us! Yes, YOU can attend, and if you don't want to show up alone you should ask the Missionaries to come with you. They will make sure to introduce you to members of the congregation! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Megdalynn
Some people call the Mormon Church a cult because they have been given false information. Others know nothing about the Church, and are simply repeating what they have heard others say. Some people call the Mormon Church a cult because by definition ALL religions are cults. According to www.dictionary.com the word 'Cult' is a noun meaning: "A particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies." Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Megdalynn
You know, like when a witness in a court of law says what s/he saw or heard or did s/he is offering testimony. When we present our personal witness of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, the scriptures, the prophet, or the Church, we refer to that as our testimony. When I say "I know that God lives, and that He loves us," I am offering (or bearing) my testimony. Our testimonies are very personal. We state these beliefs as facts because we know and recognize them as truth. Show more Show less