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Hi I'm Meredith

I'm a scientist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an adult convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- though I was born in a town with a lot of Mormon citizens, I was raised in an anti-Mormon home. I was 54 years old, and living in Denmark, when I finally investigated the Church, after having lived many years with no religion at all. My scientist family members, colleagues, and friends all think I'm nuts -- but I know better. Belonging to the Church makes me a better scientist, not a worse one!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in a Christian home, I had questions that were never answered: Why did God just stop talking to us 2000 years ago? If there had been prophets for the thousands of years covered by the Bible, why aren't there prophets now? What really happens when we die? Why are we on this Earth now? And on and on....no answers from my childhood church or the others I had tried out as an adult were satisfactory. But then I stumbled into a conversation about some of these questions when I asked a Mormon friend why "Mormons don't drink Coke, but they do drink Pepsi" (something I'd always been told as a child, and which turns out to be not quite true). After a good laugh (some Mormons like Pepsi, some Mormons like Coke, just like the rest of the population!), he explained about the Word of Wisdom -- guidance from God about what we should and should not put into our bodies. That led to some of those other questions, and for the first time in my life I got answers that were logical, internally consistent, and highly satisfying to my scientific mind.

How I live my faith

One thing I'll say for the Church, it makes everyone feel important to his or her ward -- which they are -- by making sure that everyone has a job, and sometimes more than one. I currently serve as a ward missionary, teaching in the Gospel Principles class for people who are investigating the church and who have recently joined. I serve in Relief Society (the Church's organization for women) as a liaison to the many other single sisters of the ward, as well as a visiting teacher for three of those sisters. And, I'm also a stake Family History Specialist, teaching classes on how to do genealogy, which is a long-time hobby of mine. Mormons do family history in order to discover those ancestors who may not have had the chance to hear and accept the Gospel in their own lifetimes so that we can provide the ordinances of the Temple to them by proxy. I've been able to take many of my own family names to the Temple, and now am helping others to do the same, which is a very satisfying feeling that gives me great joy.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Meredith
No! -- I wish you could hear me laughing -- We worship God the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, as well as the Holy Spirit. Together, these three are the personages of the Godhead that Mormons worship. Asking Mormons if we worship Joseph Smith is like asking Jews if they worship Moses, Isaiah, or Jeremiah. Joseph was a prophet of God, called to proclaim God's word to the world, just like Moses and Isaiah and Jeremiah were in their day. Mormons revere Joseph Smith (and Moses, Isaiah, and Jeremiah, as well as all the other prophets) and his successor on the Earth today, Thomas S. Monson, because they have special qualities and a special relationship with the Godhead that allows them to relay God's words and thoughts to us. God speaks to us through them, because they are especially humble and obedient to God. With them, we worship; we do not worship them. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Meredith
If the definition of "Christian" is a person who has faith in and follows Jesus Christ, and strives to be like Him in interactions with others and with God the Heavenly Father, then Mormons are truly, truly Christians. The official name of our church says it: The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. He is the head of our church, our beloved and worshiped Savior and Redeemer; nothing that is done by the church or its leaders is contrary to the teachings of Jesus found in the Holy Bible, and also in the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ and His gospel. The two books are both part of the divine scriptures which Mormons believe are the word of God, and they are fully consistent with one another. Show more Show less