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Hi I'm Meagan.

I like sleeping. I sing incessantly. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

You wouldn't expect the product of a white mother and a Samoan father to come out looking vaguely Eastern European, but somehow, I did it. Take that, genetics! You also wouldn't expect anyone to beat the expert level of Minesweeper in 77 seconds with a laptop track pad, but once again, I defy expectation. Not to mention good principles of time management. (Sorry, mom.) Other Surprising Facts about Myself: 1. I'm no good at segues. 2. I love bow ties. On myself. 3. I volunteered at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia! Which is to say, I stood in one place, and when people asked me where the bathroom was, I pointed at it. 4. I can recite the alphabet backwards.

Why I am a Mormon

I never quite know what to say when people ask me this; I was raised a Mormon, of course, but that doesn't explain anything. People like to dismiss religious devotion as a product of "brainwashing," but frankly, thinking for yourself -- thinking clearly at all -- is something we all fail at miserably, constantly. For every person who accepts the faith (or philosophy, or culture, or what have you) of their childhood blindly, there's another who rejects it just as blindly, and, we hope, a few who accept or reject it based on careful thought and deep personal conviction. What being a Mormon gives me is a sense of worth, of purpose, and a relationship to the world around me. I am a child of God, my father in Heaven. I am here on earth to gain mortal experience and to test my willingness to keep God's law. I talk to Him in prayer; I share my heart with Him, mistakes and all; I can feel His love for me in return. And that love teaches me to accept His Son, and the scriptures that led me to Him.

How I live my faith

I'm the ward chorister. I don't have any serious musical training, so I don't really know what I'm doing, but as far as I can tell, the only responsibility of a ward chorister is to choose the music and then wave my arm around convincingly to the beat. On a serious note, though, I really do enjoy how supportive the choir members are of me, and I feel really good when we perform and are able to bring the Holy Spirit into the meeting. Like my mom says, sometimes music is the best testimony.