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Hi I'm Miriam

I am a new mother and am studying to be a family counselor. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My early childhood was spent living and growing with my parents in central eastern Oregon. I lived there long enough to develop a great appreciation for dense coniferous forests, waterfalls, berries and mountains. We moved to Idaho when I was 5 and my family has lived there ever since. My parents both being graduates of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, my father taught High School Choir and my mother taught private voice, piano, and flute lessons. Naturally my siblings and I learned piano and a second instrument as we grew. My father cultivated in us a great love of the outdoors. We never had a lot of money to expend on family vacations, but we would go car camping every summer to a new National Park in the North Western United States. I LIVED for those trips. From my parents has stemmed a great love of music, the beautiful outdoors, a love for wholesome homegrown food, self reliance, and continual learning. I recently graduated from from University with a degree in Family Recreation, with my husband Nathan who graduated in Computer Security and Human Resources. He works at the University were we met, and I am blessed enough to be preparing our apartment for our son and future children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon as a result of many small, yet powerful experiences that good people who follow Christ have provided in my life. The most powerful conversion experiences I can remember was learning the gospel at an early age from my parents. We would sit around the kitchen table, or have long family home evenings where my father and mother would talk of the beauties and mysteries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many times the spirit whispered to my heart that the things we spoke of were true, sacred, and would lead me to a life that was the most joyous to chose. Those scriptural discussions were the most beautiful bursts of light in my mind, and so I sought those good feelings and experiences through scripture study and eventually the Book of Mormon as a youth. When I was 16 years old, an EFY counselor challenged me to take the promise in Moroni 10:4 and ask if the Book of Mormon was true. I prayed with a real desire for knowledge and confirmation of the spirit. After waiting and listening... Tenderly, but with a knowledge that pierced my heart so I could not deny it, the primary song words of "I love to read the Holy Scriptures" burned through my heart and my head. "The spirit will guide, and deep inside I know the scriptures are true." The strong feeling of, "you have known all along...cast your mind back to the time when I have testified in your heart again and again" accompanied that song. If the Book of Mormon was true, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and all that I was seeking an answer to was indeed truth. I have done my best to seek the companionship of the spirit for repeated small confirmations to strengthen me and I continue to grow in desire and purpose towards what the Lord wants for me and for those I may bring His truth to. In many false or confusing ideas in this world, I never have to wonder where truth is, and that what everyone is searching for is contained in this restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Currently, because we have just moved, I have not received a responsibility in my new ward yet. I am sure that those I visit and teach will be shown to me soon. My husband however was just asked to be the ward choir director, and I am a member of the ward choir. I am also a member of the women's service organization, and so do have the opportunity to perform service for needs in our ward and community as they arise like tending children, visiting the sick, or the elderly, providing meals and care to those who are in need or just being a friend. Essentially we are to care for God's children, whomever they may be. We attend church weekly. We also strive to attend the temple to perform ordnance work for our deceased ancestors once a week to give them an opportunity to receive the blessings of the temple even after they have passed on. We are blessed to have a temple so close. We are also furthering the Lord's work by having children, which we are due with our first boy in August. I also strive to study the Book of Mormon and Bible in conjunction with the revealed word of current prophets, along with having daily prayer to continually become more like Christ and keep myself and my faith strong. In my strength I cannot boast, only in my Savior.