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Hi I'm Megan

I have a degree in fine art. I wash dogs for a living and love it, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am recently divorced. It was a tough decision, from a church and personal standpoint, but I hope that everyday I become a better person with more understanding of the trials everyone faces. I have a college degree, but I've recently started working for a dog groomer, and I really enjoy it. It's not very glamorous, and I look like a dog myself most of the day, but it makes me feel like I've accomplished something everyday.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, being a Mormon is more than a stodgy old organized religion, it is a way of thinking and a way of life. I try to have a Christlike attitude (loving, understanding, helpful) everyday. Some days are more successful than others. There are facets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that aren't found in any other organization, one of which is life-long service and sacrifice. Not the animal and blood sacrifices of the days of yore, but a type of personal sacrifice. One where we give without thought of return, giving for the sake of giving. There are many people I know who would give me the clothes of their back if I asked them for it. I want to live in a way where I can see and hear those people who might want the things I have to give. Being a Mormon helps me live the life I need to live.

How I live my faith

As a member of the LDS Church, I teach Sunday School to children. I am a substatue, so I get to teach a new class practically every week. Teaching kids for an hour then encouraging them to sit still for another hour can be quite a challenge sometimes, but I see now that important life lessons are taught by patient Sunday School teachers. Lessons like helping around the house, sharing with friends, or telling one's parents how much they are appreciated.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Megan
The LDS Church is not managed as many other smaller churches are managed. All of our ministry are unpaid volunteers and the specific congregation a member attends is determined by where the member lives. The smallest congregation is called a branch, where there may be a few individuals, to about 40ish people who regularly attend. The next largest congregation is called a ward. Much like a ward in a hospital, it is a smaller section of a larger entity. The larger entity is a stake. A stake consists of several wards. The Church is separated into these groups so that friendships can be formed with your neighbors and even more friendships can be formed with everyone in your "stake boundaries" It is an organized way to serve and help everyone we can, in an efficient manner, so that everyone in the community is accounted for, and no one is left by the wayside. The terminology refers to what it sounds like. The branch is like a branch of a tree, the ward is like a section of a building, and the stake is like a tent pole, a stake that hold up the rest of the tent, or in this case, the rest of the church. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Megan
I think most people don't understand what the word cult really means, and Mormons are indeed unusual and often regarded with suspicion. We don't drink. We don't work on Sundays. We spend hours upon hours at church, and we go to a place, the temple, where non-Mormons are not allowed to enter. However, the connotation of the word cult is much more negative than a few strange practices merit. When I think of a cult, I think of a group whose practices and beliefs abuse others, or take away the free will of the members of the cult. I hope that most Mormons are charitable and Christlike, and even though we are unusual and peculiar at times, Mormons are mostly just normal people, who are very devoted to their religion. Show more Show less