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Hi I'm Miranda

I'm a homeschooling mother of 5, 4 of which have special needs. I'm a military spouse. I'm a writer. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was baptized as a convert at age 9 in Indiana. I love music, all kinds of music; my life has a perpetual background track as I always have music playing. I also love the written word. I love books. I love the colors and the smells that surround me in a library or bookstore. I devour books, all kinds of books. I'm always reading something. And I love to write. I started writing when I was little, writing in my diary and short stories to show my family. As a teenager, I began writing poetry which really helped alleviate the depression I suffered from a hormonal imbalance and the added stresses involved in my parents divorce. I have continued my reading and writing and music loving lifestyle and find it still helps me as life gets me down, or circumstances become overwhelming. I have college degrees in Social Work and Psychology. Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom/homeschooler of 5: 4 are my children (one set of twins) and the fifth is my half-brother that my husband and I gained custody of last year after my father's death. My three boys and my brother all have special needs which makes life interesting and hard and exciting and delightful. My husband is a military man, which also makes life all of the above. He is my personal Captain Moroni and inspires me to stand up for what is right and defend not just our family, but all families. My hopes are to someday, write books worth publishing and hopefully, help advocate for other families of children with special needs.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 9 and being taught by the missionaries, there was an unmistakeable light that flowed from them. I felt a happiness I had never felt before. Then, later in my life, when my parents got divorced, my dad's drug addiction came to light and my own personal chemical imbalances came into play, I learned to return to that light the missionaries bore to help counterbalance the depressing effects of life. As a teenager, I buried myself in the scriptures, never truly loving them, but knowing that I was simply happier when I read them. I learned to pray, to completely bare my soul and all my burdens. These two things, literally saved my life. Multiple times I was depressed to the point of suicidal thoughts and longings. I know that without the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I would not be here today. I would not be a wife or mother. Life isn't any easier now than it was a teenager. In fact, the older I get the harder life's challenges are. As a military family, we have endured the hardships of separation and the anxiety of deployments and intercontinental moves. Medically, we have had countless surgeries, illnesses and injuries, not to mention mental and emotional ailments, over the years. Some of these issues we are still addressing and living through. Through all of these things, these really hard, painful, often heart-wrenching things, it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the endless power of the Atonement that has healed all my wounds, mental, physical, and emotional.

How I live my faith

My days are mostly full with my children and their needs... and that is how I live the gospel, by loving and raising God's children. Life is so much more too. It is easy to live life in our four walls, especially since I homeschool, but I have found we are happiest when we are serving others. I'm a feeder. I love to nurture others through food. My kids have come to expect that we take dinners to others in need. :) Currently, I am a teacher in the Relief Society (the Church's organization for women that holds as it's motto: Charity Never Faileth). I love teaching, probably because I love reading and sharing what I've read. I love diving into the scriptures and teachings of the prophets and then having in-depth conversations about what I've learned. My love of writing, music and acting is also being of use this year as I have been asked to help with our ward's Road Show--a short skit developed around a given theme or topic to be shared with other wards.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women lead in the Lord's church in all the ways that they are divinely designed to. Women are nurturers by nature and it is in that capacity that we lead. We lead in our homes. We lead with our husbands, side-by-side as true partners and helpmeets. We lead in the Primary, teaching children to develop their own testimonies. We lead in Relief Society, building a sisterhood of strength and charity, developing skills that enable us to be better women. I have never felt like more of a woman than when I have served in the church. I feel it is through real service to God, my family and others that I am able to fully develop my sense of self and reach my full potential as a woman. Show more Show less