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Hi I'm Merrill Singleton

I'm a music lover, I'm a student, I enjoy a good hamburger, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always loved music and been involved in it to some degree. Throughout my life I've taken piano and voice lessons, participated in a variety of church and school choirs, played percussion in junior high band, and learned to play the guitar in high school. Unfortunately I was never motivated enough to really excel in any specific area, so at best I could make a very mediocre one man band. I decided against pursuing a career in music because I felt that I was neither talented or lucky enough to really "make it," and I was more concerned with being able to support a family in the end. So nowadays I go to as many concerts as possible, and practice with a band about once a week just for fun. I am currently finishing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biological Sciences. After I finish that I hope to be accepted into a program for Radiation Therapy. I also recently married a lovely lady, so I am working out how to balance relationships, school, and church service.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. I always believed that it's teachings were true, but wasn't sure if I really knew it. I was about 16 when I decided I needed to figure things out. I knew that later on in life I would be encouraged to serve a mission, leaving home for two years to teach people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. If I were to do this, I would need to really know that what I was teaching was true. So I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to God, asking if the things I read were true. I never heard a voice or saw a vision, but through the Holy Spirit I came to know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Everything I read made sense to me. I felt a sense of peace and calm come over me as I studied. When I read about God's plan for His children, I was able to see how it really is a perfect plan and accounts for all people, those living and those who have already passed on. I served a mission in California and saw the gospel change lives. I continue to serve in the church, and experience real joy as I do so. I am a Mormon because I know it is what God would have me do. Following God is the only way to experience real peace in this life, and I know that by following His direction I can have lasting happiness in the life to come,

How I live my faith

I can honestly say that my faith affects everything that I do. In a broad sense, I strive to be more understanding of what people go through and the choices they make. I endeavour to be loving and willing to serve, especially when it is inconvenient for me to do so. I try not to judge others, but to always focus on helping. I admit that I am more successful some times than others. In a more tangible way, I live my faith through church service. I have just been called to serve in the temple as a "baptistry coordinator." My responsibility is to organize groups of people who come in to be baptised in the place of individuals who have passed away. I am a home teacher, meaning I visit a number of individuals monthly to share a spiritual message. I also help them with anything they need during the month, such as housework or other physical labor. I participate in community and church service projects, like putting together hygiene kits for the local hospital.