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Hi I'm Meghan

I'm from Illinois. I write, read, and draw. I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

From a young age I've loved reading and writing. I used to read all through recess in school and walk off the school bus with my nose in a book. In third grade I won my school's writing contest. It seemed a big accomplishment at the time, but now what I wrote makes me cringe. Either I've gotten better at writing, or I'm forever doomed to hate anything I've written as soon as I've written it. The jury is still out on the degree of my improvement, but my love for words remains the same. In high school I went on a foreign exchange program to France. I learned a lot and ate much more French cuisine than I should have. I was pretty good at speaking French at that point, but by now my command of the language is questionable at best. I also had the opportunity to volunteer at a local hospital for a couple of years. Up until a few months ago I was going to college. When people ask me what I'm studying I want to say "nothing", but that doesn't sound very good so I say my major is "undecided" instead. Now I'm going on a mission to the Philippines, which means that I have the opportunity to spend 18 months teaching the gospel to the wonderful Filipino people. My mom also went on a mission there and has told me a lot of stories. I'm very excited to serve and I hope to be able to do some good.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe that this Church is true. I believe that God is our Heavenly Father. I believe that He sent His son Jesus Christ to atone for my sins of all people so that we might live with Him again. I believe that He restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith. I believe that He has blessed us with a prophet, Thomas S. Monson, to lead us and guide us today. I believe that Heavenly Father has a plan for me, just as he has a plan for all of His children. Why do I believe all these things? Because time and time again I have felt their truth in my heart and in my soul. Because time and time again I've seen the hand of God in my life. I've received help from others when I needed it most when there was no way they could have known what I needed. I've felt that I should call a friend and done so, only to find out later that he needed to hear what I had to say. I've seen an unexpected source of money come to my family when we needed it desperately. I've seen my aunt get a second chance at life after an illness put her in a coma and we thought she was gone. I've seen countless small acts of kindness and things of beauty. I've prayed and had my prayers answered, though not always in the way I expected. I believe that God is our Father and He wants to bless us. He has a hand in everyone's lives. Call it coincidence, call it luck, call it fate, but I see the hand of God in it.

How I live my faith

For the next eighteen months of my life, I will be serving a mission. This concept can seem kind of strange, so I'll try to explain. For eighteen months, I will go to the Philippines and teach the Filipino people the Gospel. So far in my life I haven't had a lot of experiences with sacrifice. I've had everything I need and a lot of the things I want given to me. When I go on my mission some of that will change. I'll still have everything I need provided for me, a blessing that a lot of people don't have. But for eighteen months I will leave behind some things: the Internet, my cell phone, TV. I will postpone my college education. I won't see any of my friends. I won't see my family. You might ask me why I'm doing this. I ask myself why I'm doing this! It doesn't seem very fun, to say the least. And it's not. Not when I focus on all the things I'll be giving up or all of the people I'll be leaving behind. But then I remember something. I remember that every day I will teach people the truth. I remember that I will play some part in blessing their lives, whether they join this church or not. I remember that I will grow and become a better, kinder person. I remember that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I remember that everything I gain will more than make up for everything I give up. And so it is with God. Life is difficult and requires many sacrifices, so many and so hard to give that it can all seem rather senseless. But nothing is senseless with the Lord. He will always make up our losses in the end. For me, living my faith is about going forward and doing all I can, because I know anything I give up, God will repay a thousand times over, whether in this life or the next.