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Hi I'm Miranda

I'm a wife, I'm a mom, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home mom of four great kiddos! It's a lot of hard work and they definitely keep me busy. When I'm not cleaning something or playing with my kids, which I would do over housework any day, I love to read, knit, sew, cook something new and garden. Recently, I refinished a piece of furniture for the first time ever! Our family loves doing things together like going on family bike rides, or hiking on some of the many trails around town or at the beach. I have never been very out-going, but my children are very much so. As they have grown I have found that I have grown too in ways that I probably never would have on my own. I hope this continues as they get older because I can feel lots of potential for our family to do lots of good around us.

Why I am a Mormon

When my parents were in college and my older brother was a baby, the missionaries knocked on their door. My mom has told me that she had pretty much given up on finding a religion that was able to answer all the questions she had. She felt that religion was important but nobody was able to explain why until they were introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am so very grateful that my parents were baptized and raised me and my siblings in this gospel. I was able to attend youth programs the church provided, and attend an early-morning gospel study course during high school, all which helped me to build my own testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and prophets both ancient and modern. The strength I gained in my youth and the decisions I made when I was young became a strong foundation for me to build on as I became an adult. I went to collage at a major university where the church had a strong program for young adults. My gospel learning and my testimony continued to grow, and I met my husband :) We knew that we wanted the church and the gospel to be part of our lives. We made a commitment early in our relationship to pray together and read scriptures together. This early commitment has continued as we have had children and gone on with our lives. I am still a Mormon today because I have received a personal testimony of the divinity of my Savior, Jesus Christ and his atonement. The Holy Ghost has born this witness to me again and again as I strive every day to live the gospel. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, just as those prophets of old, including, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Isaiah and many more. I know that the priesthood has been restored to the Earth. I have received priesthood blessings and I know of my Father in Heaven's love for me, and each one of his children.

How I live my faith

Our family attends church every Sunday. This is often difficult with four little children, but we know it is important so we go, even if we spend more time in the hallway wrestling children then in the meetings. It is important for us to set that example for our children. My husband has sometimes had to travel on Sundays as part of his church service and the children love the chance to go along sometimes. We give ten percent of our income to the church. Our lives have been blessed in many ways because of our commitment to do this. Twice a year we have the opportunity to hear our prophet, his counselors and the apostles of the Church today speak at a General Conference that is broadcast to all church members through satellite and internet. It is amazing to feel how "in-touch" they are. I know it's the Spirit testifying to me again. As a member of the church I've had the opportunity to serve in many capacities. I have been able to teach both children and adults. I have been on planning committees for activities and service projects, and I have served in leadership positions. Many of the positions I have served in are not what I would have chosen to do. As I have served though, I have been surprised at the enormous amount of growth I have seen in myself. To me, it is another witness of my Heavenly Father's love for me. He knows what I need to continue to grow and become a better person. I have found talents that I didn't know I had and also been able to build new friendships.