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Hi I'm Megan!

I'm a wife, a nanny, a dog-lover, and a Mormon.

About Me

As a nanny to my adorable niece M, I have the best job in the world! I love to spend my days playing with her and cuddling her. My husband and I live way out in the country with two cats, one huge dog, and one fish. He is a student, nearly finished with his Liberal Arts degree, and I have a BA in French. I love to knit and quilt, and I'm just starting to get into gardening. I'm also learning how to horseback ride, so that I can be a respectable country girl.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into an LDS family, but I have developed my own testimony throughout my life. As I have studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon I have come to know my Savior and increased my understanding of the power of His Atonement. I have felt the healing, comforting power of the Atonement and the Holy Ghost in times of difficulty in my life, and I have come to rely on that comfort.

How I live my faith

Since I live in a community where there are very few Mormons, I have lots of opportunities to live my faith! I serve as the choir director in my ward, which is a challenge, but very fun. I also serve as the music leader for children ages 18 months to 11 years. I love to work with the kids! I am really able to share my testimony and my knowledge of the gospel through the music I teach, and I often learn from them as well! I have always tried to follow President Monson's example and serve the elderly and widowed. I try to look for examples to serve and brighten others' days, even in small ways, and I'm always happy to work with the missionaries in my area.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

I have been able to increase my faith in Jesus Christ by studying about Him. I have read everything I could find, and prayed about what I read, to learn what type of person He is. In my study, I found several characteristics that seem to typify what it means to be "Christlike," such as charity and patience. As I have tried to develop these characteristics in myself, I have noticed that my faith in Him has increased dramatically. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is the knowledge that a certain principle is true, right, or good. For example, I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He did truly atone for our sins. In order to gain that knowledge, I have studied, reflected on what I learned in my study, and prayed to have that knowledge confirmed in my heart. As an answer to those prayers, (for there were many--building a testimony is an ongoing process) I have felt the truth in my heart. We can gain testimonies of many principles. Another way is to put that principle into action, as sort of a test. In order to gain a testimony of prayer, we might try praying. To gain a testimony of the principle of tithing, we might try paying a full tithe. (10% of our income.) As we strive to live these principles, the Holy Ghost will confirm the truthfulness of them to our hearts. We will know that they are right; we will have a testimony of them. Mormons also talk about "bearing testimony." This simply means to share the testimony we have gained with other people, either in a formal setting (like in church) or in a more informal setting (like in a conversation with a friend.) Show more Show less

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

Yes, a husband and wife can be together forever. Isn't it wonderful? I believe with all my heart that my husband and I will be together forever if we both keep the covenants we made when we were married in the temple. We don't have to be parted at death. My husband and I don't have any children yet, but we are hoping to adopt a large family, and even though those children won't be born to us, they will be part of our family, and someday we will take them to the temple with us to be sealed together as a family. Then our family can be together forever, even after we have died. This is so important to me, because I can't imagine the pain of ever being separated from my family. My grandfather, who I was very close to, died seven years ago. While I miss him, I know that I will see him again, and that he and my grandmother will be together again, and this helps to make the pain more bearable. My loss is not forever. Show more Show less