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Hi I'm Meridith

I am an Artist. I am a newlywed. I have bipolar. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I got married a bit over a year ago, and now at the age of 22, I am learning how to be a Wife and run a home. I am also preparing to be a Mother, but that better not happen for a few years! Kids are my future, but for now Art is my calling and purpose. I draw and paint. I'm actually pretty shy about my work, so I have never posted pictures. It's what I go to school for, but I don't know how far it will take me since my carrer will me "Mom". When I dream of where I want my Art life to lead, I see myself painting the life and works of Christ. It actually makes me really emotional inside when I think about it. Like, maybe I can touch people through my work somehow. I just don't know if I could paint Christ. I mean, I don't want to make Him look like a 'man'. I want Him to look like the God that He is. I feel like I need more 'training', even though my husband disagrees. Speaking of, my husbands name is Donnie. I love him and we make a great team. I didn't believe in soul mates, not till I fell for him, which is quite the story in itself. Not to say marriage makes life easy. Haha, I wish. Family Background: I have divorced parents, who both do a great job filling their rolls as Mom and Dad. I have an older sister age 23, two younger brothers ages18 and 15. I love them also, even though they can really get under my skin (as siblings do). I couldn’t have married into a more loving excepting wonderful group of people. My Kids are going to have awesome Grandparents!

Why I am a Mormon

The simple answer would be, because I know the teachings of this church are true. I learned this for myself at age 20. That's when I was converted. Although I grew up LDS my testimony of Christ was weak. My family life didn't really match up with the teachings of the church. Home was supposed to be a place of peace and harmony. Our home was, to put it bluntly, more like World War lll. In spite of my home life, I identified with the fact that we were a traditional family unit. I blocked out the bad a focused on the good, which ended up hurting me. At age 16 my parents got a divorce. My world shattered and my testimony withered. Without going into detail, I will just say that I became a lost sheep. I didn't want much to do with religion. In my time away from Christ I thought I was happy, but I wasn't. I was lying to myself. At age 20, I took a really close look at my life. I realized that I wasn't living a good life; I also knew that if I were to change it was going to be extremely hard. I came to the conclusion that the only reason I would ever change is if Jesus really was the Christ and if that was the case, I needed to change and be like Him. At first I looked at other churches. Yet, I continually had this draw to re-investigate the LDS church. So I did. I met with the missionaries and started at square one. They taught me as if I was a child. This was exactly what I personally needed. One day things just clicked. The spirit testified to me that this church had the fullness of the gospel. That Christ did pay for my sins, that I could be forgiven, and that God loved me because I was his child. My life changed drastically. My boyfriend at the time ended up talking to the missionaries too. He was baptized a little over a year ago. That boyfriend is now my Husband. He is such strength to me, the change we made was hard, but I will never say it wasn't worth it, because it was - more than I can put in words. I asked -I got my answer.

How I live my faith

I live my religion one day at a time. It’s not easy, but I have peace when I do. I could never live the life I do if I didn’t pray every Morning, and every Night. I also pray sporadically throughout the day when I need some extra strength. The second key is scripture study. I study a minimum of once a day. I receive most of the answers to my life’s questions there. I pray and often, God answers me when I’m reading. The scriptures have become my ‘life manual’. The last step in keeping my life close to God is Sunday worship. Church is the medicine that gets me through the next six days of the week. I LOVE church! I love the family that a congregation becomes. I love the acceptance I feel there. I love the lessons and the spirit that can be felt. I love the rest that I get on that day. To do nothing after church but the things I wish I had time to do on the other days of the week. For example, e-mail my Grandma, or read that book I’ve been meaning to read for months, or take a walk with my husband. (I am also a sucker for Sunday naps…) It takes work to stay close to Christ. It takes work to live like Him. It’s hard to know what the Fathers will is in my life, it takes patience as I wait for answers to my prayers. It takes self-control to live the commandments and not fall into temptation. But it’s possible and worth it! The closer I get to God, the better my habits become. Baby steps, that’s how I live my religion.