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Hi I'm Miranda

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of two sweet boys and I have a wonderful husband to whom I've been married to for nine years. My family is the most important thing to me. I attended college and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Horticulture Production. I love plants and my thumb is green through and through. I also love to make my own jewelry and share that with others by teaching them or giving gifts. I love to read, particularly fantasy/science fiction. My favorite book series include Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight, Fablehaven, Eragon, and The Lord of the Rings. My favorite works of nonfiction are the Bible and Book of Mormon. I dabble in home made crafts, cake decorating, painting, drawing home decorating and sewing. I love making things with my own two hands and seeing the result of my labors. I love music of all kinds. My favorite groups are Coldplay and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I am blessed that my husband has a job so that I can stay home and raise our children. I was born to be a mom and enjoy every moment with my kids and husband. When my kids are older I hope to go back to work at a Greenhouse or Conservatory. I also hope to be able to sell my jewelry creations some day. In high school, I was a member of the National FFA Association and worked on the Year Book and news paper. I enjoy camping and hiking and being outdoors. I love the Appalachian part of the United States for all its greenery and diversity.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out being a Mormon by being born into it. My parents joined the church just before my mom got pregnant with me. But that is not why I am a Mormon. I grew up learning all about the church and based my faith on my parents' testimonies. But my conversion story really starts when I was 16 years old. I was having a tough time in my life. I was constantly bullied for my looks, the clothes I wore, my personality quirks, my shyness, my love of learning and reading. My dad came down sick with a benign brain tumor, and my first real boyfriend and I broke up. I was depressed and doubting everything I learned about religion. Then one evening, on the way home from group date with friends, I got lost in a bad neighborhood. I was alone and getting nervous. Fortunately, nothing bad happened and an acquaintance of mine made sure I got home. My parents were so worried and I got chewed out for being out past my curfew. I went to my room and cried for hours. Finally, after what seemed like forever I started to pray. I prayed for peace, guidance and to understand why my life was such a mess. The answer came gently at first, but grew to a glowing flower in my heart. My life was a mess because I did not have faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ. I was not trusting in Him as my savior, redeemer, helper, friend and brother. Somewhere along the way, I had gotten lost. More answers came. I am loved. I am a daughter of God. I am special, talented, wanted and needed. My Savior and my Father in Heaven knew of me and my pain and were there to lift me up. I cried more and resolved to follow the tenets of my faith better. It was still a tough road overcoming the depression, dealing with life. But I made it and my faith may falter here and there, but I am a Mormon because I know my Savior and Father live. I know they love me and have a hand in my life. I know I am a daughter of God and that I am phenomenal and unique because He made me. I know I am blessed.

How I live my faith

I love the congregation I attend church with. There are so many friendly people who are always willing to lend a hand. The spirit of God is strong here and I am lifted up each Sunday. I am an active participant in the women's group (called the Relief Society) and help in their many acts of service. We collect supplies and make hand made items for various charities. Until recently, my "calling" in our ward was Cub Scout Committee Chair. I was in charge of planning and executing events for the Cub Scout pack that is associated with our ward (like Blue and Gold Banquet, Pinewood Car Derby, Cub Scout Day Camp, and planning field trips and activities). I work with a team of leaders that oversee young boys age 8 to 10. It was a very active and fulfilling calling. I was recently released because my services are needed elsewhere in the ward. I do not know my next assignment yet, but I know I will accept it and do my best to serve the members of my ward. I also enjoy attending the many activities our church holds, such as Trunk or Treat (a safe Halloween activity), Christmas parties, Valentines dances, chili cook-offs, ward socials, and other activities. I enjoy attending the nearby temples and I'm looking forward to the new temple that will be built near my home in the coming years. Outside of the church, I try to live the tenets of my faith and share my faith and testimony with others when the time is right. I have so much joy, peace and happiness in my faith that I love to share that with others. I like to help others with small acts of service and share my religious opinions and beliefs without trying to pressure others. I believe that others have their free agency to make life's decisions and I accept others for who they are and respect them for their decisions, even if I may not always agree. We are all free to make our choices but we are also free to share our thoughts and opinions with others. And I cannot not share the joy I have in being a Mormon.