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Hi I'm Merry

I'm a mother and wife. I'm a teacher. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a lot of hobbies and interests. They include blogging, reading, watching movies, running, hiking, camping, playing board games, singing, and doing logic puzzles. I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 7 years. I was married in the LDS temple in Snowflake, Arizona. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and currently I teach a gospel doctrine class about the Book of Mormon to adults in our congregation. I am a mother to two very busy girls. Becoming a mother has given me another method to understand God's love for me, providing perspective that has helped me find peace in my relationship with Heavenly Father. I am very passionate about education. I am an English (ESL) teacher. I love teaching English because of the opportunities that it gives to my students and because of the excitement I get from seeing people begin to understand something they didn't before. I love to travel. I have traveled to Mexico, England, Wales, China and the Bahamas. I have lived in California, Arizona, Utah, China, Illinois, Colorado, and Nevada.

Why I am a Mormon

I can always receive the answers to my problems and comfort in my trials that I need when I rely on my faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I would feel aimless in my life if I didn't have the perspective that my church gives me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching my children, my husband, and myself about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of the ways that I make that effort are reading the scriptures daily, praying daily, giving service, and attending church meetings. It is through these methods that we come closer to Christ, see our own weaknesses, develop the humility to repent, and learn more about the covenants that we've made with our Heavenly Father. I love participating in the Relief Society, the church's organization for women. I like to attend activities that bring the women closer together. The women of the church stand together and support each other by relating through common experiences. The organization assigns visiting teachers to visit each woman and make sure that her individual needs are being met. I love being a visiting teacher. I love to get to know new women and to develop relationships with them.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Mormons do not practice polygamy. Early church members practiced polygamy because it was a commandment of the Lord. However, the church is no longer commanded to do this and the church obeys the laws of the land that prohibit polygamy. Through this history we can see that the Lord inspires his prophets to instruct his people to do or not to do things according to the specific needs they have at a specific time. Modern revelation is necessary for God’s people to know what is right for them to do now. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Because I’ve been a Mormon all my life, it’s hard to compare it to anything else. But I would imagine that being a Mormon is very similar to being a member of any Christian religion with moral standards to live by. We go to church every week. We try to live the commandments each day as we go to school or work. We try to treat people around us as God would have them be treated, which means we try to treat them like the children of God that they are. Some things that are probably different about being a Mormon is that while many Christian religions have adapted their teachings to what is acceptable in the world today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has not. So we are sometimes much more strict about the kinds of things that we do or don’t do. We spend several hours each week in church or in performing service for the church. We don’t drink alcohol, coffee, or most teas. And sexual abstinence outside of marriage is extremely important. Of course, being a Mormon doesn’t mean that I am perfect at following the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. So being a Mormon means repenting when I sin. Being a Mormon means that I try daily to understand the Savior’s influence in my own life. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No, the Church doesn't endorse political parties or candidates. It encourages members to be politically involved in their communities and countries because of the influence for good that they can have. But it doesn't tell members how to vote. There have been rare occasions where Church leaders have encouraged members to vote about specific issues, but members were not disciplined for not voting or for voting contrary to the position that the church supported. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, Mormons are not required to serve missions. But all members are asked to consider their own situations and determine if they are ready and able to serve a mission. I served a mission. My parents and I are the only ones in my immediate family to do so. Those who do serve missions receive precious blessings. It is not that God refuses to give blessings to those who won't serve him. It is that those who serve gain greater understanding which which to recognize the blessings that God has given them. Show more Show less