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Hi I'm Morgan

I'm a Nursing student. I have never seen the Sound of Music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an agricultural town in the middle of the United States. I spent my childhood swimming at our small town pool, riding my bike around, and reading in my favorite reading chair. I was an avid reader as a child and especially loved fantasy books and books about animals, namely horses and dogs. At one time my parents even grounded me from reading because I wouldn't do anything else (chores). I still have a love of reading as an adult. Now I prefer to read the classics and nonfiction. Unfortunately, as a full-time student with a part-time job, my time is easily filled with other things and I don't make the time to read as much as I would like. I am currently going to school to become a nurse. It feels like a long, hard road, but I know it will be worth it in the end. I love what I am studying and I love when I get to apply what I learn to help people in real life. I work part-time as a home health aide so I get an opportunity on a regular basis to help people live a better life. It is physically and emotionally demanding. Sometimes I get so tired and stressed and frustrated. Sometimes I wish I had a job with normal hours and vacation time off, but at the end of the day I know I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. I have a great love for the outdoors. I enjoy running. I completed my first marathon two years ago. I love biking, swimming, hiking, and camping. I like to explore and someday I hope to explore and see more of this beautiful earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon home and raised in the Mormon church, but that is not why I am a Mormon. That is how I was introduced to the gospel, but I am a Mormon because I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I believe he truly saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I believe he was guided and directed to restore the Church of Jesus Christ once again on this earth. I believe that he translated the Book of Mormon and that it is another testament of Jesus Christ from the people who lived on this continent. I believe that we have a prophet on the earth today. I believe that the Lord reveals his will to His prophet and directs him in how to lead the Church. I believe that Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I believe that he suffered in Gethsemane to pay the price for our sins, mistakes, and shortcomings. Through Him it is possible for us to return to live with our Father in Heaven. I believe that God is a just God, but He is first and foremost our Father. He knows and loves each of us individually. He will never forsake us. Yes, we will be allowed to suffer and struggle, but these trials and challenges will be for our benefit. God is always there with His arm outstretched, waiting for us to reach out to him. If we turn to Him during these trials He will help us overcome the trials and help us become a better person in the process. I have personally experienced this phenomenon in my life. I believe there is more to this life than this existence we are experiencing now. I believe we existed before we came to earth and I believe we will continue to exist and grow after we leave this earth. I believe that families were organized by our Father in Heaven and that they can last forever. We don't have to be separated at death. We can be sealed together for time and all eternity. I am a Mormon because I believe all of this and because I have read the Book of Mormon and I have prayed to know if it is true. I know it. I strive to live it. I love it.

How I live my faith

Each Sunday I attend church meetings starting at 8:30 a.m. As a college student this is a little bit of a sacrifice. Although I keep a fairly early bedtime during the week, that is quickly dispensed on the weekend. I have made it a goal to be at church every week and at least 5 minutes early. Attending all of my church meetings is important to me. My week feels a lot more fulfilling and complete when I do. I have held a number of callings in the church. I taught Sunday School to 4-5 year olds for a summer between school semesters. What a challenge that was! Yet I realized that in many ways we are like little children in the eyes of our Savior. We often don't heed His teachings and do contrary to what He wants us to do, yet He is patient with us and loves us despite our misbehaving. I am so grateful for that. I have been a member of various committees. Currently I am part of a committee where I planned activities for an organized "family" of single college students. Every Monday night our "family" meets and has a spiritual lesson followed by an activity. These activities range from board games to service projects. The purpose of this "family" is to bring people together to create friendships and provide a support group for each other as many of us are far from our real families. It is a great experience to meet together as a group once a week and be spiritually uplifted in addition to being socially involved.