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Hi I'm Meredith

I'm a wife and a mother to three girls. I love surprises. I'm a health-nut. I crave adventures... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Canada, but grew up in Indiana. I went to college at BYU and became a registered dietitian. Running has been an important part of my life. Not only have I run three marathons and several half-marathons, but it led me to my husband-- I ended up marrying the guy who was trying to sell me a pair of running shoes! In the time that we have been married, we have lived in Provo UT, Austin TX, Boston MA, Charlotte NC, and Denver CO. I have never minded moving because I love new experiences, adventures, and meeting new people. We have three beautiful daughters who keep us quite busy. I'm also a vegetarian, and I enjoy proving to people that healthy vegetarian meals can actually taste GOOD! I love being outdoors (except when it's COLD!), busting a move on the dance floor, and karaoke. I also like taking pictures of family and friends, finding ways to give our home a little more style, and blogging about all of the above.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't imagine my life without my religion. Being a Mormon is such a huge part of who I am. It has guided me in small decisions like what I will wear or what I will (or will not) eat, and also in big decisions like who I will marry and how I will raise my children. I have heard some people say that our church has so many rules which makes it restrictive. I have never felt restricted, in fact, I have felt that the guidelines we have been given are to help us have MORE choices in life. One example of this is found in our Word of Wisdom, which advises us to abstain from tobacco and alcohol, and to eat plenty of grains and fruits and vegetables. Those who have addictions or health problems that have come from not taking care of their bodies can attest to the fact that they have LESS choices in life because of the restrictions that have been brought upon them by health problems. I am grateful for the knowledge that I have that our family will be able to live together forever after we die. That assurance helps me focus on the important things in life so that I can easily get over the every day annoyances or frustrations. My goal is to live with my Heavenly Father again and I'm so thankful for a church that is set up to do everything they can to help all their members achieve that goal.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith daily by following God's commandments. I know that none of us are perfect, but I am grateful that through the power of repentance, I can start over every day and try to do a little bit better. I am teaching my daughters the importance of service, charity, integrity, and hard work. I want them to know of their worth and never doubt the love that my husband and I have for them, as well as our Father in Heaven. We end our day by reading our scriptures together, and it has become something we all look forward to. At our worship service on Sunday, not only do I get to learn more about Jesus Christ and how to become more like Him, but I also have the opportunity of teaching some of the youth in our congregation. Preparing to teach them a lesson each week (this year our topic of study is the New Testament) has helped me learn and grow in my knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and remind me why I love this Church!

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Meredith
Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21). In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea, and illegal drugs. God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago. Show more Show less