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Hi I'm Margaret

Born in Japan, raised in Wisconsin. Lover of the piano, thrifting, ice cream, and traveling. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student focusing on piano performance with minors in art history and editing. I want to be an artist, marathon runner, world traveler, journalist, yogi, and mother. I am the second of five children, and my parents are two of the most selfless people I have ever known. My childhood was filled with classical music, two gigantic goldfish (affectionately named Calvin and Hobbes), and many art projects.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe. I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. My father has been a member his entire life, and my mother joined the Church in Japan in her early 20's. My parents are incredible examples of how remaining true to the teachings of the Church brings joy. I have always considered myself a shy person was never forward sharing the gospel. When I was younger, I admittedly found it easy to rely on my parents' testimonies and believe merely because they did, too. I soon realized that this would not be enough to sustain me, and I needed to find my own testimony and source of faith. Times of struggle have deepened my understanding of faith. Faith is not a perfect knowledge, nor is it a theoretical belief. Faith is hope. Action. Faith in God keeps me rooted and striving to be more like Christ every day. Doubts may be inevitable, but I've realized the importance of questioning my own beliefs to gain a greater conviction of them. I've pondered the concept of "blind obedience" and believe that faith boils down to having a personal relationship with God. No single experience solidified my testimony, but the tender mercies throughout my life that are a constant reminder to the presence of a higher being. My faith makes me want to try a little harder and gives a sense of purpose and hope. Nothing ever felt so right. "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." -C. S. Lewis

How I live my faith

It's the little things that count. I pray. I read my scriptures. I try to be kind to everyone around me. I go to church weekly. I don't drink or smoke. I do my best to think of others. Beginning the summer of 2013, I will serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tokyo, Japan. I'm far from perfect, but I live my faith by trying to reflect the teachings of Christ in my everyday actions.