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Hi I'm Quinn

I'm a New York transplant working in publishing. I love books, science, and learning about the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an entry-level book publishing professional, which means I spend most of my time reading––I like fiction best, especially for young readers. I'm a very curious person, and like learning about ecology, linguistics, psychology, cultural history, and food. I love to write and cook. I'm a soprano and sing folk music from around the world. I look for beauty everywhere, and photograph it when I have a camera.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the Gospel contains more truth than anything secular. But more than that, I know that God loves me and wants me to be happy. Hence, His Gospel also brings me more happiness than anything secular. When I am living my religion, I am happier than when I falter. Why this religion and not another? Primarily because I know that the Book of Mormon is true. The evidence I have for this is not empirical, and I can't prove it to anyone else, but when I read from the Book of Mormon, I feel an assurance that the account is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time, which manifests itself in keeping my thoughts, words, and actions in line with what God would have me do. I know that God has my future happiness in mind, so I know that righteous and faithful actions will bring me the greatest happiness in this life and the next. I pray and read the scriptures daily. I attend church weekly. I go to the temple when I can. All the time, I try to ensure that my thoughts and actions are kind and loving.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

As I learn more and more about the intricate workings of biology and other sciences, I become more and more convinced that life cannot possibly be an accident. I do not know (yet!) the exact mechanisms by which this universe was created, but I know that the creation of the world was directed by the power of an intelligence so great I cannot begin to comprehend the magnitude of the work. I could choose to believe that everything I see is ultimately a result of thermodynamics and random behaviors of atoms and molecules––but to my mind, there is too much beauty, too many patterns, too much harmony in the world to believe that. Everything I see points to God, and how much He loves His children. Life seems all the more marvelous when I study it looking for the wisdom of God. Some people might think religion and science are incompatible, but that is not the case. If God directed the creation of the world, then He must be a scientist, and studying science with faith is another way of trying to understand the mind of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

We believe that baptism for the remission of sins by the proper authority is a necessary prerequisite for eternal salvation. However, many people have lived and died without the opportunity to be so baptized. It would be unjust for God to condemn those souls without giving them the opportunity to accept baptism. Thus, God provides proxy baptism as a way for people who still inhabit their mortal bodies to help people who cannot help themselves. Once someone with a physical body has been baptized on a deceased person's behalf, that person can choose whether or not to accept the service. Performing baptisms for the dead is also a way for the living to provide service for others and feel God's peace in the temple. I love spending time in God's house, and I love serving others. Proxy work allows me to do both. Show more Show less