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Hi I'm Miranda

I practice mixed martial arts. I'm a climber, an artist, and a writer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read and write, I collect quotes from world and church leaders, as well as movies, music and books. I love to travel which enables me to learn and try new things. As a result I've moved around a lot, and had many different jobs - from retail clerk to landscaper to circus camp counsellor - but through it all I have always been a writer. I've learned a great deal from every job I've ever had. I've never been comfortable staying in one place for long, but I've been lucky enough to find a Home in every place I've ever lived.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints my whole life, but I was truly converted to the gospel when I was about eighteen. The Prophet at the time, President Gordon B. Hinckley, had issued a challenge to the whole church to read the Book of Mormon all they way through by the end of the year. I accepted the challenge, reading the scriptures on my daily bus ride to and from work. I remember the day I finished reading the book of Moroni chapter 10 verse 34: The prophet Moroni said "And now I bid unto all, farewell... Until I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah..." His last words, written so long ago, but addressed to us in the latter days, were witness to me of our Savior, Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of the Gospel. I prayed fervently and with gratitude for the blessings I had been given as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ. When I finally looked up from my prayer I was smiling so broadly I was sure everyone around me must have felt what I felt. One man, staring at me with a confused smile, asked why I was so happy. I was able to bare my testimony to him, I left with him the Book of Mormon I had just finished reading. I don't know what happened to that man, but I have continued to grow and love the Church since that day.

How I live my faith

In the past three years I have lived In three different cities. Within each of those cities I have had the opportunity to observe and participate in city wide Food Drives. Each September, along with many other wonderful religious organizations the Church of Jesus Christ participates in organizing advertising, distributing bags, and collecting donations to the cities to "lay up in store" as the temperature drops and needs of the people rise. I have also enjoyed the great blessing of music in my life as I have participated in chiors and musical performances in Church and the general community. I have felt my testimony of the truth of the Gospel grow with every note rising to praise God, and bring the hearts of men closer to His side. “We are, not metaphorically but in very truth, a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character... it is natural for us to wish that God had designed for us a less glorious and less arduous destiny; but then we are wishing not for more love but for less.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Miranda
Men and women are different, and therefore hold different roles both within and outside the church. The Priesthood is given to men, yes, but it is important to know that he can only use the Priesthood so long as he is righteous in keeping the commandments of the Lord. Women have a tremendous influence in the lives of the men around them. We all have a responsibility to live according to the moral code the Lord has set down for us and also the responsibility to encourage our brothers, husbands and friends to live in such a way that they will be able to wield the Priesthood for the benefit and blessing of those around us. I have a testimony of the power of the Priesthood, and the influence of women. A man cannot use the Priesthood for his own benefit, but can only bless those around him. Women have the strength and love necessary to help guide worthy priesthood holders to those who need the power and direction of the Priesthood in their lives. Men and women are equal partners in the plan of God. In our different roles we all move foreward with the work of the Lord. Show more Show less