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Hi I'm Tricia Merrill

I have been a member of the church my whole life and lived my life within 15 miles of the town I was born in.

About Me

I am a simple woman. I have been married for 37 years and have 6 children. I am married as are all of my children. My husband and I have made a life of being ordinary everyday people. My life's work has been that of family. I never needed to be a part of anything besides a family. And I thank Heavenly Father for mine.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother converted to the church when I was very little. My father was not an active member but when my mother approached him about finding a church to attend he told her that the LDS Church was the only one to attend. She attended and was converted and baptized. So I grew up attending church. I was baptized at age eight and was active in the church all the years I grew up. My best friends were members and I wanted to be where they were. The church in our community was strong so many of the events were sponsored by the church and I loved them. My parents always told me that I was their spiritual child. I cannot recall anything special that made them think that but they did. I have always had a moral compass (whether I always acted on it is another story!). When I left home I was effected by things of the world...philosophies and such but I could never fully embrace any of these. Some things I consciously just said no to and other things just never interested me. As a young child and young adult I embraced the doctrines of the gospel without fully embracing Christ. There was a "knowledge" of Him in my head more than in my heart. Twelve years ago I made a serious study of the Savior. And I have been blessed with a testimony of Him. I do not understand his pure love but I believe it. I cannot imagine his majestic power to save but I am betting my life on it. And my faith is HERE in the doctrines of this church. I cannot take lightly the blessings that have been given to me: a) Though my mother became inactive she still made it possible for me to attend as a child, b) my good friends, c) my nature that drew me to the spirit, d) my husband who has allowed me to thrive, e) the teaching of the church that helped me as a wife and mother. And my knowledge of where I came from~ why I am here~ and where I am going. I want to go home to Him. And I believe with all my heart that this is the path home.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith is evolving. It has always been my great desire for my children to embrace this faith and so I spent 32 years of my life helping them to see the path. And now I see them with the same desire and I am here to help and strengthen them. It is important our grandchildren to know that they are loved by their grandparents and that we believe in Christ. I consider this part of living my faith. Since our children are all grown I can focus more of service. I have a strong feeling about serving. It is what Christ asks us to do. Most of the time service is small things. I am better at small things! I try to do something every day. Currently I teach 5 year children in Sunday School. I want them to know they are loved by their Father in Heaven and his son, Jesus Christ. I love them, too. Once a month I go with a companion and visit 3 sisters in our church. This is one of my favorite callings. The assignment comes from the President of the Women's organization. I am one of many who visit and I have sisters who visit me. It is a wonderful network. We look out for each other and report back to our President. I try to be good to my neighbors. I try to be positive and smile. I think this is how Christ would have me approach my neighbors and friends. All that I do requires consistent scripture study and honest prayer. This is part of living my faith. I follow the Savior. It will not matter what else I follow in the end. I do try to live my faith.