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Hi I'm Meridith

I'm a mother, volunteer and parks enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of 5 kids born within 6 years. Growing up, I figured I wanted to be a mom, and as an adult I quickly had a bustling family. We like parks, and when we moved to a small town I was disappointed with its lack of playgrounds. I heard there was going to be a new park but that some folks didn't want it to have play equipment for children. I realized I needed to step up and get involved since what goes on in those public meetings matters to me and affects my family. I joined committees, worked with the chamber of commerce, even got elected to the town council. By the time all was said and done, I'd written grants and helped raise money for those big and little play structures, even picked the colors myself. Life is good, even when it's not fair. I found that years of experience in local government and nonprofits didn't make up for my lack of education. I returned to college full-time for 4 years, finishing my bachelor's degree a couple years ago. As a mom of many and for a time a single mother, it hasn't been easy, nor would have been possible without the support of my loving husband and family. It was a struggle to make it happen and it was worth it. We are all powerful people who can influence the world around us-- be it in our city, our state, on our street and in our own home. When we find what matters to us and put our heart and mind to it, we make good things happen.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS faith, a descendent of Mormon pioneers. That alone doesn't make me a Mormon- being a Mormon is a choice. Becoming a Mormon is about making the decision to learn for yourself; to study and pray to know without a doubt that the restored gospel is true, then going out and living it. I know the Lord loves us and gave us His plan to provide a way for us to find joy and peace in this life as we strive to return to Him. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and that He suffered and died not only for my sins, but for my sorrows and burdens as well that He may lift me in my times of need. The Lord often blesses us through the hands of others, and I want to be an instrument in His hands. I'm a Mormon because I choose to be.

How I live my faith

At home, at church, or in the community, I have found my greatest joy in serving others. At church I've taught the 8 to 9 year-old kids for the past two years-- this has made such a difference in my life! With their pure hearts and strong spirits, these children are a blessing and our future leaders, and teaching them the simple truths of the scriptures has helped me learn and grow in my own testimony. I've served as a Music Chairperson for a congregation, pianist for the women and children's groups, music leader in the women's group, children's group, and led the congregational music and choir. I've even played the organ when no one else could. I'm not saying I played well mind you, I'm saying I did it because the Lord wants a people who serve others, and if I can do that much, well, I'm doing it for Him. In the community I've volunteered for a police department, helped create parks, and worked with a variety of nonprofits to help others and strengthen our community. Striving to live as Jesus Christ did makes a difference in my life. I love God and strive to follow His Son's example and love my neighbor in everything I do. In serving others, I find joy. In living the standards and following the precepts of His living gospel, I find peace.