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Hi I'm Miriam.

Wife, Mother, Friend. Mormon.

About Me

I was born 5th of 8 kids to an angel mom and dad in Vienna, Virginia. They raised me on faith. I met my husband on a speed date at BYU. The whole ordeal was so funny, we hit it off from the start. He's a rocket scientist (we joke but it's true!) and a handy man with a tool belt. As for me I'm a stay-at-home mom to 4 little kids. We live in a tiny town and we're big dreamers. We work hard and accomplish a lot together. And when I'm worn out, I sort through the pictures I've taken and write.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first because of my heritage. I've been taught the gospel of Jesus Christ since before I can remember, and my parents were everyday examples. I've had countless experiences where I've felt the Holy Ghost witness light and truth. It's that feeling when I serve someone with love, pray and really mean it, listen to gospel talks and know I need to repent, or really consider the love of our Savior Jesus Christ for me. The more I learn-- and there is so much to learn!-- I find simple love and truth. In this world of troubles, with plenty of weakness myself, I am so grateful for Sabbath days and daily communion with God to help me stay the course and lift others with me.

How I live my faith

I try to be kind to everyone. I read scriptures with our kids every morning at breakfast and we sing primary songs at bedtime. During the day I build up my kids with good choices-- being kind to each other, sharing, learning, helping out-- and when I can, I take them with me to visit neighbors, friends, or widows who could use a lift. Jesus went about doing good, so I try to do some good each day, even if it's something small.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons are generally happy, helpful people. They try to keep the commandments throughout the week in all circumstances-- it isn't just Sunday worship, it's a way of life. For instance, we believe in families, so we do our best to strengthen families as ordained by God-- a husband and wife, lawfully married and living in complete fidelity to each other, is the start. We believe in having children, obeying the commandment given to Adam and Eve to multiply and replenish the earth. We teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ as outlined in the scriptures-- we study both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which together contain the fulness of the gospel. We have additional commandments-- you may have heard that we don't drink coffee or alcohol or that we dress modestly or are careful about the media we watch. These commandments have come from modern prophets who guide us today, but they are based on the same principles God has always taught, that our bodies are temples in which the Holy Spirit can dwell, and we have to be careful about what we put in them. We avoid anything that may be addicting, or that may inhibit our ability to feel the presence of the Holy Ghost who directs us in truth in all things. We dress modestly to show respect for our bodies, remembering what our bodies are divinely appointed for, in marriage and family. Mormons just do their best to follow Jesus Christ's example. We try to be aware of others and help out however we can. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You can know that it is true, and it has to be you who does the work. It will take time. But it will be so worth it. Start by praying. Find a quiet place and take some time to express what's in your heart to Heavenly Father. Keep the scriptures nearby. Read them. Notice that as you read, you will find things that apply to your life and give you direction in how to deal with them. You will feel peaceful and encouraged to do what is right. That is the feeling of the Holy Ghost. Then act upon those feelings-- obey commandments. Repent of sins. Pray often, aloud as well as in your heart. And try listening for answers-- answers usually come as thoughts and feelings. Keep reading the scriptures. Keep giving yourself time in your busy day to have a little quiet, a little time devoted to your own relationship with Heavenly Father. Even as you go throughout your day, keep a prayer in your heart. You will feel more and more familiar with the Holy Ghost in the feelings of peace, hope, comfort, direction, happiness, and closeness to Heavenly Father. You will feel God's love as you draw nearer to Him. Read the Book of Mormon. It is the keystone of our religion. In the last chapter there is a promise that you can know it is true-- it will be doing more of the same you've hopefully been doing all along-- praying, and searching for truth with a sincere heart. Most of all, take ownership of your search. If you want to know, it will take time only you can make. Show more Show less