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Hi I'm Molly

I'm a gigantic nerd, a blogger, and an adventurer at heart, and I'm a Mormon. I also have depression and anxiety.

About Me

I'm a student at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester. I moved home this past July because I needed help; I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety, and getting it under control was an impossibility when I lived in Utah. I moved home because that was where I knew I could get help. I needed doctors to treat me as a person with an actual, real problem, and I needed to know they would accept my insurance. So home I went. I'm making quite a bit of headway in bringing myself back up to spec, but there are bad days when I want to drive myself off a cliff. It happens. This is pretty much my day to day life. Each and every day is a struggle; I can't keep a job because my anxiety acts up in the worst possible moments, studying is difficult because the task seems impossible, and sometimes I just want to stop existing. But that's when I turn to my Heavenly Father for help. Ether 12:27 says, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." That's how I manage. I learned the hard way that I can't rely only on myself. I have to rely on others. I have to rely on my Heavenly Father. It's hard, I'll admit; but it is infinitely worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

I used to get this question a lot, and I could never answer it with a simple answer. But I've been running a blog that has gotten a little bit of attention recently, and people send me questions about the Church and about my religion in general. Because of that exposure, I can now answer it simply: I am a Mormon because it makes sense. Let's think together for a moment. What would put us here? Why? What's the point of a life on Earth that could end at any moment? Why would any omnipotent being allow genocides to happen? Why would an all-powerful being let wars happen among His children? What happens after we die? You may be familiar with the concept of Occam's Razor: it is that the simplest solution tends to be the correct one. That's the logic that I'm going to use here. What would put us here? Well, something did. Probably something powerful. Why? What's the point of a life on Earth that could end at any moment? To grow. Why would any omnipotent being allow genocides to happen? Why would an all-powerful being let wars happen among His children? He wouldn't. What happens after we die? We obviously came from somewhere, so my best guess would be that we go back. Here's the truth of it. We were created by an amazing, omnipotent Being; we call Him God. He created us. God used to be like us. Where else could he have come from? He must have been created, too. We lived somewhere before we came to Earth, and we will return there when we die. Are there other people out there? Absolutely. That would be an enormous waste of space if not. God created us, and just like we love the things we create, He loves us. He gave us agency to choose what we will. He will not take that away from us. That's why genocides and wars happen; because some people choose unwisely. And if God used to be like us, it stands that we will one day become like Him. Therein lies the purpose of life on Earth: to grow. To become like God. So yeah. I guess it makes sense.

How I live my faith

As a 22-year-old, I would ordinarily go to the local singles' ward. But instead, I go with my parents to our family ward. It's a wonderful thing. Attending church meetings and serving in Primary are the focus of my Sundays. But that's not everything. With just me and my parents at home, we rely on each other. We have a family prayer before we leave the house, and we have a family prayer each evening before we go to bed. I pray for help and blessings for the people who are around me. I try my best to listen to the promptings I receive each day. I'm bad at keeping up with reading my scriptures, but I'm going to try a little harder. I try to keep my language clean. I try to help the people around me in the ways that I can. I serve and I give of myself and my resources and my gifts. It's a lot of trying and failing and trying some more, but that's what really counts; that you try better each day. And that, really, is the definition of perfection.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a compilation of the history of the inhabitants of the Americas mainly from 600 BC until about 421 AD or so, but it also contains some history that dates back farther. It was written by prophets of these ancient peoples, and then some of it was abridged by another prophet from where the name of the record comes from - Mormon. His son, Moroni, was the last prophet to write in the plates from which the record was translated, and Moroni sealed up the sacred record to the Lord in the Hill Cumorah located in modern-day Palmyra, New York. Hundreds of years and after a long process of waiting and being commanded to do different things later, Joseph Smith, Jr. was given the plates to translate by the same person who sealed them up - the Angel Moroni. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, we are. The full name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less