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Hi I'm Miranda

I'm Canadian. I like to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Miranda. I'm a 21 year old college student from Canada. I love to travel, I've lived in Sweden, Ukraine and now in the United States. Along with traveling I love learning languages and about different cultures, researching my family history and reading books about travel and history.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church by a loving mother and baptized when I was 8 years old. My father wasn't a member most of my life and joined the church when I was 14. Having my dad not be a member made me realize at a young age that this was a decision I had to make for myself. I realized how much happiness and security I felt when I did what was right and really built a strong personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. As I grew up and travelled to far away countries on my own I worked on building my faith and remaining strong in that faith wherever I was and no matter who I was with. I have lived in places where I was the only Latter-day Saint, or one of the few. I recognized how the teachings I learned as a child have helped shape my life and have really strengthened me to bear any trial. Through the difficult times of my life, especially my year and a half suffering from depression, I have felt my Savior's love and the power of His Atonement for me personally. I know that He suffered for not only my sins but also my pains and all the hard experiences I have had to pass through and will pass through in this life. Many times in my life only He has been able to understand how I feel, and that knowledge that He understands and He weeps with me has helped me get through it.

How I live my faith

In the church I have worked in a lot of callings helping other people with their family history! I love the puzzle that is the family tree! There is nothing more exciting to me than finding a great grandfather's name in a census or a stillborn baby I didn't know existed. Learning about my dead ancestors helps me feel part of something bigger. I love to help others find their families and feel the excitement and passion that I do about the work. Right now I am serving a full time mission here in the United States. I am learning a lot about how to love people as I have come to more completely understand that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father who knows and cares for each of his children. Every day I get to invite people to come unto Christ and feel the love God and His Son have for them and show them the happiness that the fulness of the restored gospel can bring into their lives.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

We believe that a person needs to be baptized by someone holding the Priesthood power and authority of God in order to return to live with God. However there was a time when this Priesthood was not on the earth. God is a god of justice so baptism is required of everyone, it is a law. But He is also a God of mercy and He has provided a way for those that did not have an opportunity to be baptized or hear the gospel in their lifetimes to have the ordinance of baptism completed for them. Members of the Church can perform proxy baptisms for their ancestors and family members, the member performs the ordinance in the name of the diseased. Baptisms for the dead are an example of God's love for us, and show us how He truly loves us and wants all of us to have a chance to return to live with Him. We we perform proxy baptisms they are not added to the records of the church or even considered members after that. But the diseased have a chance to accept or reject the ordinances performed for them. They have the right to choose, but only if we give them the opportunity of a choice. Show more Show less