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Hi I'm Meghan

I'm the Mother of beautiful children. I'm a wife. I'm a blogger. I'm a graphic designer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to write, as my several blogs can attest to. I'm an opinionated woman with a lot to say, and a lot to share with the world. I am married to a wonderful man, and have great kids! I love to help people, especially those who feel lonely and need friendship, because I've been there. 10 years ago, as a naive teenager, I never could have imagined how both wonderful and challenging being an grown-up would really be. While I've certainly been blessed with a fairy-tale life, I've had my share of challenges and disappointments too, but I understand that those have been for my benefit and have shaped me into the person I am today. As my Mom says, you couldn't create a beautiful wooden piece with velvet, which is soft and pleasant to touch, such beauties are created with the harshness of the chisel and sandpaper. I know that right now I am a raw piece of wood that my Father in Heaven is chiseling, and smoothing with sandpaper into something that one day will be beautiful and perfect.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to goodly parents who taught me this gospel, but I'm not a Mormon only because they are. I have learned for myself that this is the true church. I'm so proud to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a young teenager I faced a challenge that nearly all teenagers face, that being figuring out who I was and who I wanted to be. There was a time when my desire to be popular and have friends, the wrong kind of friends, was more important to me than the young testimony I was trying to build. Though I desperately wanted it to, this desire never made me happy. I began doing things that even shocked myself and decided that change was needed. This change was slow and lonely. I removed myself from the people and things that were tearing me down. Because of that I spent a lot of time without friends. During this time even though I was lonely I wasn't alone. I had a wonderful family, and the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost who was teaching me of the truths of the gospel. In time I gained the wonderful testimony I have today. Gaining my testimony that way has sure been a blessing to me in my life. No one can accuse me of blindly following my parents without knowing for myself. I know! I know without any doubt or reservation that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church upon the face of the Earth. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet. I know that he restored the truth to the earth. I know that my redeemer lives. I know he loves me, and knows who I am. I know my Father in Heaven wants me to return to him and has given me a way to do that. I know that through the atonement, which I am SO grateful for, I can become perfect. I know that my savior suffered for me individually, not only "us" collectively. I'm so grateful to my savior Jesus Christ. I'm grateful for this gospel and my testimony of it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith rather simply. Though a lot is expected of Latter-Day Saints I really feel it doesn't have to be complicated. I do what is asked of me by doing my best to keep the commandments and also by living up to the promises I have made to my Father in Heaven. In doing so I act upon revelation I receive and try to serve others where ever I can. I seek after people that stand in need of something I can do for them to help them become more self-sufficient, both temporally and spiritually. I hope that my service qualifies me to be called an instrument in the hands of my Father in Heaven.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Meghan
If you read the bible you know that Christ taught us that being baptized by immersion is essential to our salvation, and set the example by being baptized himself. To achieve salvation we must make this covenant with our Father in Heaven. As with all covenants we promise to give something and are promised something in return. In baptism we promise to accept Christ as our savoir, to follow him, and keep his commandments always, and in return we are promised that we can be forgiven of our sins and that we can return to our Father in Heaven someday if we are faithful to the covenants we have made. Baptism must be performed under the correct authority by those with the proper keys to do so. We believe our church to be the only one on the face of the earth with the keys and authority to perform such ordinances. This is why we much be baptized in the church. So if you were baptized in another religion, even by immersion, the reasoning for doing it again is because the proper authority wasn't used the first time. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Meghan
Self-reliance is important to us because we believe that we are now learning the things we need to know to one day become as our Father in Heaven who is perfect and entirely self-reliant. Obviously we don't worship him because he needs praise, but because we need to praise him. As we go through life and learn to become self reliant in all things both temporal and eternal, we believe we are becoming as he is and also breaking the bondage we experience when we can't independently function. Just as the Jews were subjected to bondage in the time of Moses so too are we, but in a different way, when we have to rely on someone or something else for our survival. We believe in helping people put themselves in better places so that they too can become self reliant. When we become self reliant we put ourselves in the position of being able to serve others and also help them to become that way too so that we can all serve each other in God's kingdom. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Meghan
If you look up the word: vulgar in the dictionary, one of the definitions you'll see is: current; popular; common. We, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are none of those things and should not appear to be. As followers of Christ we should strive to be be classically solid in our values without regard to popularity or whether said values are regarded as commonly acceptable or not. Because we stand on a higher standard we are examples to the world and our children. We, including our bodies, are the sacred and wonderful creations of our Father in Heaven. We are his work and his glory! We should not defile this great work. We need to recognize and understand the sacred gift of intimacy and realize that such a gift needs to be reserved for the proper people at the proper time. Vulgarity in speech, thought, action, and dress diminish the beauty our Father has created in each of us. Such things spark curiosity and temptation that can and should be avoided. It lessens our ability to withstand and remain chaste and pure. When we are modest and living pure we are acting with respect for the gifts we are given. Parents can teach their children this by being an example to their children of modesty, chastity, and humility. I can teach my children to be modest, humble, and chaste, by being modest, humble, and chaste myself. I can also make them aware by talking to them about the blessings we can receive when we are obedient, and follow God's commandments. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Meghan
Absolutely! The definition of Christians are those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ. Our church is greatly centered around Him and His teachings. He is the head of our church. We pray in His name. There is a very real reason that our church is called the Church of "Jesus Christ" of Latter-Day Saints. We accept Christ as our savior, our leader, our advocate, and our King! He is the living Son of God, our redeemer We believe he is the only perfect Man to ever walk upon the Earth and the only one who could give us the great gift of the atonement. With out that gift all would be lost, because of him eternity with our families and with our Father in Heaven is possible. The Book of Mormon details all this and testifies of His divinity, I'd say we fit the Christian mold perfectly. Show more Show less