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Hi I'm Margaret

I'm a high school senior; I'm a black belt in Taekwondo; I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 17-year-old high school student who is applying to a variety of colleges, taking some challenging classes, and enjoying time with my friends and family. I'm considering going to law school after getting my bachelors. I also spend a fair amount of time learning more Taekwondo.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have always brought me to church, and I developed a fairly thorough understanding of the teachings of the Church from a young age. However, that certainly wouldn't be enough for me to continue in the faith on its own. I have developed a love of the scriptures, and more importantly, of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My knowledge of His atonement for me has helped me through some of the most difficult moments of my life. Through the Church, I have learned to know Him and to love Him far more than I ever could have otherwise. I know that He leads this church today through "his servants, the prophets," and I want to do everything possible to follow Him.

How I live my faith

I serve as president over all the young women ages 12 through 18 in my ward (congregation). In this capacity, I plan activities, conduct meetings, and strive to meet any and all needs that the other girls have. My most important responsibility within my presidency is to befriend the girls and to always be there to help them. Every day, I wake up early to attend a scripture study class with my fellow high-schoolers. As president of the class, I arrive early to prepare to conduct and to organize the class. The most important way I live my faith is in my personal day-to-day life. I try to reach out and care for others throughout my days as well as constantly striving to uphold the high standards of the church in all that I do.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

We believe that Eve's choice to partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil epitomizes the role of women in life; the choice to become mortal was an essential step in the Plan of Salvation. Without that choice, mankind would be unable to learn or to progress. Thus, Eve (the mother of all mankind) opened the pathway for all of us to come to Earth and to develop in ways impossible otherwise. However, negative consequences are inevitable results of mortality. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind are saved from many of the consequences of that decision. Additionally, men are given the responsibility of the priesthood in this life, by which they have the authority to administer the ordinances through which, assisted by the Atonement of Christ, we have the power to return to our Heavenly Father and enter a state of immortality. Women are given a different responsibility in this life, that of bringing new life into mortality and helping God's children along the way. Thus, women hold the keys to entering this time of testing and progression while men hold the keys to administer the ordinances of salvation. Both roles are crucial in the Plan of Salvation, and without the other, neither would be sufficient. In the Church, women care for others and fill roles that are not involved in priesthood responsibilities or ordinances. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

I believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord, Savior, and Redeemer, and that He was willing to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world. I am incredibly grateful for His sacrifice that gives me the opportunity, despite my own imperfection, to return to my Heavenly Father, through forgiveness of my sins. I know that without His sacrifice, I would be forever lost. I love Jesus Christ and strive to be like Him in all that I do. He is my exemplar and my God. I try to be guided by His words in all that I do. I love the New Testament and am awed by the opportunity to study Christ's life and His ministry, and I know that it contains the word of God. If that is insufficient to make me a Christian, I am unaware of what could make anyone a Christian. Show more Show less