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Hi I'm Meredith.

I'm a redhead. I'm a dancer. I'm a wife and mother. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Meredith, I was born and raised on an island eating midwest cooking and now I live in the desert and love Mexican food. Who would've guessed?! My life has been full of a variety of opportunities. The current chapter in my life is being a wife to a fabulous man and the mother to three darling (albeit occasionally destructive) little boys. Past chapters have included being a 911 Dispatcher, ballroom dancer, high school varsity pom/dance coach, receiving a bachelor's degree (and starting the beginning of a masters) in psychology, and a seminary teacher. I currently still try to maintain a pianist and scrapbook/graphic design/photo/craft chapter in addition to the chauffeur, chef, housekeeper, referee, and tutor one! Lately, I've even become a bit of a Disney fanatic. :) Can you tell that I think life is best sampled with a lot of variety? I'm usually game to walk through whenever a new door opens and love what I learn about myself when I try new things. One of my favorite quotes is "Lift where you stand" and I try to make the most of any situation I am in--with a dash of good humor, of course. I bet we'd be friends. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church by a father who comes from a long line of LDS ancestors (but had an inactive father himself) and a mother who joined the Church with her family shortly before she met my dad. Their backgrounds taught me that at some point, you have to learn for yourself. Growing up, although I didn't always understand or know with a surety what I believed, I knew that there was happiness and protection from living the Gospel standards. It kept me from falling into the pitfalls of drugs, alcohol, or the many issues that arise from physical intimacy. It taught me the importance of honesty, service, and accountability, and why I was important as a person. I felt like it kept me safe and kept future choices available. When I finally got off onto my own, I had several experiences that confirmed to me that God knew me--personally. And that He had a plan for me. I knew I was His Daughter. As I started to live gospel principles more fully, I received my witness that they were true. I believe in the Bible and all of those events, I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, so it was easy to believe that He also appeared to Joseph Smith in this dispensation and restored His Church. I have received many witnesses of its truthfulness--enough that I could never deny them. His plan IS the plan of Happiness. I have lived His teachings and know this to be true. I am a Mormon. It makes me a better person. It strengthens me as a wife and mother. It brings me closer to Christ.

How I live my faith

There are opportunities to live what I believe every day! Of course I am always trying to show by my actions what I profess to believe in. But I also have many opportunities within the Church to learn and serve and grow. I get to visit women in our ward monthly and share messages with them and check on how they’re doing. I teach a Gospel Doctrine class from the scriptures every Sunday to the adults. One of my places to serve is with the youth. Particularly the 14-18 year olds. I enjoy being a part of their youth activities or speaking to/with them. I get to have a special evening with my family once a week where we are able to have a spiritual discussion and then have some fun together. We also kneel in family prayer and try to start each day with family scripture study. On my own, I am constantly striving to feel close to the Spirit through my own personal prayer and scripture study in order to know how I can be the best mother, wife, friend, person, etc I can be and to make wise decisions. I attend the temple. I love it there. I wear garments. And you know what? I love them too. Hopefully, if you knew me, you wouldn't be surprised when you learned I was Mormon because I every day I strive to live what I believe.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

They will get to know a little bit about you and what you currently believe and will show you how the Church can build upon those things. Perhaps answer questions that you have whether about our Church or give you information that might fill in gaps that you've been looking for answers about. They will teach you about where you came from, why you're here, and where you are going. And how Jesus Christ is central to that plan. Show more Show less