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Hi I'm Morgan

I like to read, do puzzles, and hike in the mountains. I am a single Dad with four girls. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single Dad with four girls. My favorite pastime is spending time with them, be it family outings, playing games, reading or watching movies together. We all enjoy singing and other forms of music as well. I like hiking in the mountains, reading, learning history, and writing. I like to travel, particularly among the National Parks and Monuments in the western US, and enjoy the beauty of this planet. I also like puzzles - jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and sudoku. I like figuring things out. I served a mission for the Mormon church in France and Switzerland, and try to keep up my language skills. At work I have much healthcare IT experience and currently work as a programmer and analyst at a local hospital. I love to serve in the church and among my friends and neighbors. I live what many might call a boring life, but with the gospel I find great joy in it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church. As a teenager I was not committed to the church and its teachings because I did not know if it was true or not. One day a friend of mine bore her testimony, her witness to me, and it really touched my heart. Something stirred within me, and I decided that I needed to find out for myself whether or not this church was true, because the answer was going to dictate how I'd choose to live my life. So that night I started reading the Book of Mormon. I read at least 30 minutes and prayed about it each night for almost two months. And while I still didn't know, I started to get good feelings in my heart about it. So I continued. I kept reading and praying until one day I rcognized the Spirit of God was telling me that it was true. That realization was one of the most powerful things I have ever experienced, and it became an anchor for my life. From that day I decided I had to serve a mission. I had to share what I had felt with others. I was called to serve in France and Switzerland for two years. It was hard, it was frustrating, and at the same time it was a powerful experience to share what I believed with the wonderful people there. And the experiences strengthened my own personal witness further. Since then I have served in many capacities in the church, sometimes in leadership roles and many times not. My favorite callings for service are as a teacher. My testimony over the years has grown, becoming an anchor to me during the difficulties that often come in life. It is a great comfort to know that God is real, that He lives and cares about me and my children. I know it with all my heart. I know Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior, that He restored his church in these days through the prophet Joseph Smith, and that we have a prophet on the earth today. And I know with all my heart that the Book of Mormon is true, that it is the word of God for us.

How I live my faith

In Maryland we had a number of people in the church who were native to West Africa and who spoke primarily French. With my French mission experience as a stepping stone I was able to lead a congregation for these wonderful people in their own language. This was a rich and rewarding experience that I cherish. I have also led the local men's organization in the church, seeing to people's spiritual and physical needs. In such a transient area our group was sometimes jokingly referred to as Morgan's Mormon Moving Service, but we got the job done and had fun. I think that teaching assignments are my favorite. I have taught many different age groups, from 8 years old to adult classes. Currently I teach Sunday School to the 16 and 17-year-olds in our congregation, and I absolutely love it. These youth are about the age I was when I was asking questions and searching out the truth for myself, and I love that I can help them through these important stepping stones of their lives. I like to sing whenever the opportunity arises. I join an annual interfaith choir group each fall. I love music and the peace it can bring. I love that my girls love music. The divorce was hard on all of us, but my faith in God saw me through it. I didn't understand how everything could happen the way it did, but I could only trust in Him to take care of my girls. I now have custody of the children, and my biggest thrill is seeing how my girls have truly embraced the gospel. My oldest girl is beginning her own mission to the people of Hungary. My second daughter is in her second year of college. The two youngest are still at home, and raising them is my great joy.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Morgan
No matter what we could do of ourselves, we will always fall short of the glory of God. Jesus bridges the gap, so to speak, "...for we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do" (2 Nephi 25:23). And so "...we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophecy of Christ...that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" (2Nephi 25:26). We learn in the scriptures that "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Galations 6:7). And there are other verses that make it clear that the things we do and the way we act in this life will determine the quality of life for us in the eternities. If we do good, if we are kind, helpful, and loving, we will have goodness and love restored to us in the next life - we will be able to return to our Heavenly Father and live with Him in joy and happiness. However, we make mistakes and sometimes even willfully rebel against God, and because of our sins we are not worthy to return to Him. While we may repent of all our sins, it is only through our Savior Jesus Christ that such repentance is possible, for He paid the price of our sins for us. That is His grace for us. He bore our sins, so that by His grace we can come back to Him and to the Father, if we will but repent and follow Him. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Morgan
The Word of Wisdom is known throughout the Mormon church as a health law, given by God to the prophet Joseph Smith in 1833. It shows the importance of proper eating and taking care of our bodies, and how this ties in to both physical and spiritual health. It specifically prohibits the use of tobacco, coffee, tea, alcohol and illegal drugs. It is also a test of our faith and obedience, and contains great promises associated with it. As I grew up and learned about the Word of Wisdom, it simply made sense to me, and felt right. But one day during my mission in France I met a woman who did not believe that God would make such a law. So we knelt down together and prayed about it in turn. We asked God if this were truly His will for us. I felt in my heart the peace that the Spirit of God brings, and from that day forward I have never forgotten it, nor have I ever doubted that God wants us to live this health law. And I feel strongly that I have been blessed by doing so. Show more Show less