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Hi I'm Merrin

I'm a writer, adventurer, athlete, pianist, and Mormon.

About Me

I have four brother and one sister. I am the middle child. I love sports, I love reading, I love writing, I love camping and hiking, I love acting. I love traveling and seeing new places. I'm currently attending BYU-Idaho. I have big dreams, and lots of ambition; I want to teach High School History and College level Government, as well as be apart of a charity organization that builds orphanages in third world countries. I have two older brothers and an older sister, I also have two little brothers who are adopted. They're distant relatives and were brought into our home when they were four and six and I was sixteen. It has definitely been a humbling, constant trial, but I have learned and grown so much because of it and wouldn't change a thing. I am proud to be ' a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' and bare Christ's name upon myself and hopefully upon my countenance. This church is my life, and I love it with all my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

This church is true. I know it with every fiber of my being. It is undeniably good and its people and precepts are full of light and understanding and truth. There is such a peace and such a joy that exsist around the members, inside the churches, and when listening to the messages of worthy members. God is at work in our lives, and He proves that to me each and every time I feel the spirit while listening to the messages His prophet, and His apostles have to teach me. I have been a member my whole life, and I have never once doubted this churches legitimacy. I have strayed from the path often, but have always found love and acceptance and forgiveness from my Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ. That is the most precious gift in the world to me. I believe the Book of Mormon is true, I believe it was written by men of God and was translated by another man of God named Joseph Smith. I believe enormous comfort and knowledge and inspiration can be found within the precious pages of the scriptures. And I believe Heavenly Father has given us every tool possible to make it through this mortal life - scriptures being a main tool - because He truely wants us to be happy. I believe God loves His children. That He knows us all by name, that He cares for us and truely desires our happiness and that we return home to Him. I believe my Savior, Jesus Christ, died for me, that I can experience that absolutely joy and miracle of repentance and being clean. I love my Savior, and His sacrifice. I know this church is true. I know the Book of Mormon is another testiment of Jesus Christ written by Prophets of God. I know Joseph Smith was one of those prophets. I know we are God's children and that He loves us. And I believe I will see my Father, my brother the Savior, and every single member of my eternal and mortal family in Heaven again someday.

How I live my faith

It's often hard, extremely hard, to be a member of this gospel and live in the world we live in. Hard, but not impossible, and definitely not without its rewards. I worked hard as a youth to acheive my Young Woman in Excellence Medalion. For this award I had to do eight 10 hour service projects. Some of those projects included knitting blankets and hats for nurserys and shelters, helping an elderly man record his memories and life stories in an autobiographical novel, working on developing and using a specific talent to improve my life and the lives of those around me, and creating a scrapbook for future generations with my testimony writen inside. I believe that in serving those around me I can become a better member of Christ's church and my trials will be easier to overcome and bare. I love teaching and enjoy every opportunity I have to give a talk in church or teach a lesson in Sunday school, it's a great way to study the gospel on a new level. I have a calling as a visiting teacher - I go to other women in my ward and talk to them and teach them - and also as a Home Evening Group Leader - I am incharge of a group and teaching them the lesson and assist in the activities we do. I love being apart of this church and I love seeing the difference a handful of service oriented, and dedicated people can do to improve the lives of communities, families, and individuals all around the world.

Are Mormons Christians?

Merrin
Mormon's are indeed Christian. Our church centers on Christ's teachings during his mortal ministry, and also Christ's sacrifice for us during his time in the Garden's of Gethsemany, and rising again from the tomb after he was crusified. Our church is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Christ is central to our teachings, we aspire to live our lifes according to his example, and we partake of the sacrament weekly to remind us of the sacrifice Christ made on our behalfs. Christ is the son of God, the Prince of Peace, the Good Shephard, he is my redeemer, my Savior and my brother. I love and worship Christ, I honor his name, and I give thanks to my God for his sacrifice. I am a Christian, I am a Mormon, and I know Christ gave me most precious gift of the atonement willingly. I know the Book of Mormon is another testiment of Jesus Christ and is inspired scripture written by prophets of God, some of which actually had an opportunity to be taught at Christ's feet. As I, one day, hope to be taught, as well. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Merrin
As a woman, and a Mormon, I believe men and woman in our church are equal. Alot of people - including members - struggle with the concept that woman do not receive the priesthood. Spend one day as a busy mother and you will understand the reason why a little more clearly. Woman have tremendous responsibility within the church, we have a responsibility to not only nurture and teach the children born into our family, but also to be apart of charity work, service groups, relief organizations, and many other groups incharge of easing the burdens of less fortunate people, or people struggling from a natural disaster. Men, of course, are apart of this effort as well. Men should be leaders of the home, and protectors of the family; the priesthood is a power that aids them in that duty, and gives the divine guidance on how to make their home and family life successful, unified, and centered on Christ. Men and woman in the church are two halves of a whole, or "equally yoked", and share equal amounts of responsibilities and duties both in the church and in the family. Show more Show less