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Hi I'm Miriam

I'm a violinist, farmer and mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a mountain, met and married my husband in the desert, and ended up on a hobby farm in the midwest. I'm a homeschooler and a music teacher and I have a fondness for baking (and eating!), nature walks, gardening and books. I've traveled all over the U.S. and a few other countries, but for me there's no place like home.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a long history of church ancestors from both parents and my family was raised in the church. However, I began having my questions about my personal conversion around the age of 8 or 9. I knew I could sense the difference between right and wrong and I knew that God existed, but beyond that I was unsure. Through my own study of the principles of the gospel I learned that when I applied them, I was happier than when I did not. I also prayed for answers. They came in simple, even mundane ways. But they came. I built my testimony bit by bit and it's still developing. It's a work in progress. As someone who was diagnosed with a fertility syndrome, it has been an amazing journey as I have learned to lean on the Lord through my physical trials. I have learned to use his word as my foundation and it anchors me through confusion and worry. I have learned that God has a plan for each of us to bring us to happiness and we can obtain it if we are willing to seek his will and follow his plan. Amazingly, our own desires are often tied in with his. It just so happened that I have been so blessed to get to be a mother in this life! I love how leaning on my faith brings my family together. Our prophets have counseled families to have weekly family nights, work, pray, study the gospel, forgive, repent, eat, do missionary work and love together. When we do those things, I can see the power of God in my life and in the lives of my children. I know he lives and loves us!

How I live my faith

At church, I work with the children and it's so amazing to be touched by their simple yet strong faith. It strengthens my own. I also use our homeschool as an opportunity to pass my faith on to my children. We have scripture study as a regular part of our curriculum. Not only do our minds grow, our spirits grow. I enjoy sharing the talents that the Lord has given me to serve others. Since a violin is a more portable instrument than a piano, I've been able to bring music into the lives of people who may be getting married, celebrating a birthday or burying a loved-one.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Since moving to the "bible belt", our family has had the opportunity to meet all sorts of Christians and people of other faiths. They are good people! And it has been wonderful to see how much good they are doing with their knowledge and love. We have enjoyed helping our neighbors in tornado cleanups and community work. As we reach out to others, we learn more about them and how to help them more. They also learn about us and true friendships have formed! Show more Show less