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Hi I'm Meghan

I've lived all over the world and know 4 languages. I love to help people, and my faith has made me strong. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Hi! My name is Meghan. I was born in Utah like a lot of Mormons. But because of my dad's profession, I have lived all over the world, including Canada, Germany, and China. I love to travel and see and try new things. I speak English, Spanish, Japanese and American Sign Language. I love video games and playing tennis, and trying extreme sports. My friends and family mean a great deal to me. I have been through many difficult things throughout the years and am proud to say that I am a Mormon. One of those things has been my struggle with depression, which has been affecting me for several years. My faith has been an amazing source of comfort that I can draw from when things seem too hard, and I know that if I do my part the Lord will do His in helping me overcome things; I have seen it. I am currently on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints and sharing the gospel with the people of California.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and grandparents are all Mormons. I was raised a Mormon. However, my parents have never forced me to attend church. They, as well as my church leaders, encouraged me to be able to know and decide for myself whether this church was true or not. I decided to take the challenge, read the Book of Mormon, and pray. And to this day I have no doubt that my church is correct, and that it was put here by Heavenly Father to provide us with a way to see him again. As I live my life the way He wants me to, following His commandments, my testimony that it is true is only strengthened. I see and feel evidence of God's love for me in everything I do and all that I've been given. There is no way for me to doubt anymore. I look back and see that I have been given so much, far more than I can ever pay back to my Heavenly Father. And yet he continues to bless me. In living my life the way I am commanded, I know I can see Him again someday and help others come closer to Christ.

How I live my faith

I have had the privilege of attending church meetings in different parts of the world. Although the people are very different in each place, we are all united in our belief. I have been blessed to be able to meet and serve people in all different circumstances. In one place, I was the leader of a group of girls who would go out and do service for people who needed it. We would rake someone's lawn, bring someone else cookies, or even make blankets or help out in the local food pantry. Now, in college, I am able to visit and teach others in different ways who live in my own building. In living all over, I have found friends of all different races and religions. I enjoy listening to their beliefs just as much as I enjoy sharing my own with them. Mormons follow several different practices that set us apart from others. For instance, we don't believe in smoking or drinking coffee or beer. We also dress modestly to show respect for our bodies. Mormons avoid strong language and swearing as well out of respect for our Father who is in Heaven. I choose to follow all these things and more, not because I am forced to, but because I know that doing these things will lead to happiness and respect for me and those around me. In the past I have met people and acted judgmental toward them, and later regretted it so I make a point of treating everyone equally now, regardless of whether or not they have my same standards as I, just like my Father in Heaven would like. In the future I plan on going out to serve a full-time mission, which means that for a year and a half I will dedicate my life to teaching my church's gospel to the people of whatever place I am sent to. I am excited and have a great desire to share my beliefs with others.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Meghan
Mormon women are, by appearance, perhaps just like any other women. However, we believe strongly in remaining modest and dressing appropriately to show respect for our bodies and God. This doesn't just go for women; men are also expected to dress modestly. Mormon women like to have fun and do activities just like anybody else. Men and women in the Mormon church are equal to one another. We believe, as it says in 1 Corinthians 11:11, that "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord". We believe that the Lord sees both genders as his children and doesn't value one above the other. However, we also know that the Lord has equal yet different responsibilities for men and women. They are both expected to respect one another and participate in raising a family, but the primary responsibilities for each are different. Men are mainly responsible for providing for a family and women are responsible for the nurturing of the children. Both duties are equally important and needed, especially in today's society. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Meghan
No Mormons are required to serve a mission. It is encouraged for young men to serve as we believe it is a part of their priesthood duty, but they are not forced. They are allowed to go at age 18. Young women have the choice whether or not they'd like to serve a mission when they turn 19. It is a wonderful thing to be able to serve the Lord and share what joy the gospel has brought into your life. Many Mormons, young and old, have the desire to go forth and talk to people about our beliefs as missionaries, but none of them are required to do so. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Meghan
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we strictly oppose abortion. We believe that only our Heavenly Father has the right to choose when a person should enter into or leave this earth, and that when a person receives an abortion they are unjustly robbing someone of their future here on this earth. When a woman receives an abortion for social convenience, she and her partner are just avoiding the consequences of their actions here on earth, and they will still receive them in heaven. We treasure families and do not see children as burdens. Therefore, we oppose abortions unless, "in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.” Abortion is not an acceptable solution to not wanting a child. Show more Show less