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Hi I'm Morgan

I'm from Arizona. I'm studying to be a high school Math teacher. I'm serving a mission in Daejeon, Korea. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second of four children, two boys and two girls. I love my family more than anything and most of my motivation to do well in life comes from that love. I'm studying to teach high school, and most of my time is spent studying. Oddly enough, I have found I have a true passion for Mathematics. To me it makes sense and testifies of the existence of higher powers. I recently received a call to serve as a missionary in Daejeon, Korea. I'm pretty nervous, the language is going to be killer to learn. But I'm excited and know that someone there needs to hear something I have to say. My hobbies include music, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Music is very important to me, I hardly ever go anywhere without my headphones and iPod. I'd rather be at a concert than almost anywhere else, and I like to pretend I have the voice of an angel (my roommates can testify that I absolutely don't.) Reading books has always been something I do to get away from the world. Diving deep into a story just seems to calm me down when I need it most. The people I have found in my life are so important to me and I have started to realize with my very short 20 years of experience that people are what matter, and that's what I care about.

Why I am a Mormon

As I have grown up and moved away from home, I've realized that my Savior and the testimony I have of Him are so important. I grew up in this church, so I never really seriously doubted it until I was a bit older. But now that I have had experiences that have pushed me to my limits, I've realized that I need my Savior and loving Heavenly Father. I love them and know they are really there, watching us with a love we can't imagine. I have had several defining moments that have caused me to choose this faith and even devote 18 months of my life in Korea to bring others to the joy I have. I remember the first time I ever did anything that was seriously bad. I was 16 and I felt so bad it physically hurt. The only thing I could think to do was go somewhere quiet and pray to God. I shared a room with my little sister, so I went in the bathroom. It had yellow walls and a blue rug. I knelt on that room and asked God more sincerely than I ever had for forgiveness. The comfort I felt is indescribable. It might have looked like I was just a young girl alone in the bathroom sobbing, but it was much more than that. I felt my Savior's love in that moment, and it was almost like He was there holding me. I felt forgiven and loved, and that feeling has continued in my life as I make mistakes and honestly repent of them. But the great thing is that you don't have to make a mistake to feel that love. Even when my day is going perfect, I can feel that love constantly if I try to keep it there. That is why I'm a Mormon. It brings me joy, it brings my family joy, and it can bring anyone joy who lets it. My parents have been the ultimate examples to me of just the best people you could ever know. Their testimonies have strengthened mine, and when I had no faith theirs was always there. When our family falls on hard times, my parents are always there telling us it will be alright. The amazing love this faith brings has changed my life, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Currently I'm in a Single's Ward, meaning that I only go to church with people my own age who aren't married. I serve as a Sunday School teacher, so every other week I get a whole 40 minutes where people are essentially forced to give me their undivided attention. In all seriousness though, the comments others make and the discussion that ensues is better than anything I could ever say on my own. I want to teach high school, so this is very exciting to me. Not only do I get to teach people, but I get to teach them the most important thing in my life: the gospel of Jesus Christ. Usually I find that the topic I teach is something I need to learn, not just what others need to hear. I also am a Visiting Teacher, meaning I visit 3 other girls every month and just try to be their friend. I love that this church has a support system where every member has someone to visit them and be their friend. To me that's what being a Visiting Teacher means, just being a friend. I currently live in a place where there are quite a few Mormons, so a lot of my interactions on a daily basis are with fellow members. Some might think that this gives me fewer opportunities to really show my faith, but it's actually the opposite. I have daily opportunities to try and be a strength and support to my fellow LDS members. I love that I can be a difference in someone's life, especially because so many people have made such a huge difference for me. The support in this church is unbelievable and I'm grateful that I can be a part of that, both on the receiving and the giving ends.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Morgan
We perform proxy baptisms for those who have died because we want them to have the option to choose this gospel even after they have left this earth. So many people worry that we are forcing these people to be a part of our faith - this is not true. These people still have their own choice to make. We want everyone to have as many opportunities to partake of this gospel as possible, so even after they have died they are given more chances to choose to be a part of this faith. Show more Show less