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Hi I'm Maggie

I am a psychology student at Utah State University. I love art museums, ice cream, and mystery dramas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending Utah State University. I am a psychology major and hope to enter a graduate program in clinical psych. I have lived in four states: New Jersey, Minnesota, Arkansas, and Utah. I spent most of my growing up years in Minnesota and consider it my home state. It really is a beautiful place to live. I love doing things that allow me to be creative. Writing papers is my favorite part of school. I also enjoy drawing and sewing. I don't have many well polished talents or abilities, but I love the opportunities to learn new things and to explore different interest areas. Finally, I love mysteries and period dramas. Life is just a little bit better with some suspense and period costumes.

Why I am a Mormon

The question, "Why are you Mormon?" is one I have been asked many times. I did grow up in a Mormon household and my parents taught me its principles from a very early age. I can say with confidence, however, that my continued attendance is not dependent upon my upbringing or the will of my parents. As I entered my later teens and prepared to leave for college, I realized that the belief of my friends and family was not enough to keep me in the church. I needed to rely on my own experience and faith. I needed to know that I was Mormon because of true teachings and principles. As I have reflected on the experiences I have had in my life with the gospel, it is difficult to deny the goodness of the teachings of the church. I feel hope in a purpose greater than myself, I feel love for those around me, and I feel the love of my God. I have found that the gospel makes me happy. It offers me peace that nothing else in the world has been able to offer. I have received answers to basic questions and found solutions and comfort through trying times. When I fail to keep all the commandments or allow daily habits to slip, I feel the difference. Another big concern for me is my purpose. Why am I even on the Earth? What's the point? Mormon doctrine has answers to these questions. The explanation the church gives is so complete and makes so much sense to me. Our Heavenly Father sent us here so that we may choose to be like him. It is through our separation from God that we can choose. Fortunately, God did not leave us alone in this task. Jesus Christ reconciles us to God and makes it possible for us to live with him again. For further explanation, seek information on the "Plan of Salvation." I am also Mormon because the church emphasizes that we can know truth for ourselves. In my experiences with prayer and the scriptures, the spirit has confirmed truth to my heart and mind.

How I live my faith

I try my best to live my faith daily as I act and make decisions. I read my scriptures each day and offer prayers in the morning and night to keep Christ and Heavenly Father at the center. I attend church each Sunday and take religion classes through a program on my college campus. These habits are so important in my life! They make me happier and swallow up worries and stresses. When I falter, I feel the difference. I am grateful for the atonement and the ability to begin again when habits slip.