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Hi I'm Megan

I love music, learning, and spending time with my family. I'm a chemistry student, an avid puzzle solver, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student studying chemistry, and I absolutely love it! I also play the violin, run, and swim. I love hiking, reading, and, like any college student, occasionally binge watching TV shows. I have a passion for solving problems, whether they're puzzles, science, math, or something else entirely. I want to understand the world and the people around me, and my faith plays a key role in doing that.

Why I am a Mormon

I find science to be incredibly beautiful. It provides amazing information about how things work and how we can make natural processes better fit our needs. I don't find that science and Mormonism mutually exclusive; both are ways that we find truth. While science is amazingly useful and incredibly interesting, it doesn't answer and can't answer all the questions in my life. It is the gospel that gives me hope and peace and a chance to become someone better. Even though my religious experience isn't empirical in the strictest sense, I have lived and experimented on the word of God. I grew up in the LDS church, but my choice to be an active member has been a deliberate one, and one I've thought about a lot. Through my personal experience, I know that I am the happiest and the best that I can be when I follow the words of the modern prophet and focus my life on Christ. I have felt the power of priesthood ordinances and received answers to my prayers. I have felt tremendous assurance and joy as I've lived a gospel-centered life.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as a teacher in my ward. This assignment seemed very overwhelming at first, but my experience has been wonderful. I've had more opportunities to share my understanding of the gospel, and have learned to listen more carefully when others share with me. Leading in the class has helped me appreciate the Savior's role as the Master Teacher, and has increased my conviction that leading in the church isn't about status, but about service. In addition, I am preparing to serve an 18 month mission. I'll be living in a foreign country speaking a different language so this, again, is a fairly intimidating assignment. However, the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about growth and progression, and I won't be doing it alone. I trust that, with the Lord's help, I will be able to stretch myself to do what He wants me to do.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Megan
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that both faith and works are needed to return to live with God. We need faith in the Atonement because we are imperfect and can't make it on our own. We need Christ and the power of His Atonement. We need works because our ultimate goal is to become better. As we do what Christ would have us do, we draw closer to Him, becoming more like Him. Grace is strength that Christ gives us so that we can change, so it involves both faith and works. We trust Him, using our faith, and He allows us to repent, to grow, and to do things that we couldn't do on our own. He gives us the power to do the works He wants us to do and become the people He knows we are capable of becoming. Show more Show less

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

Megan
Yes, we do believe that men and women are equal. Our modern scriptures tell us that all of God's spirit children are of immense worth to Him. Although men and women are different and fill different roles, we are intended to help one another as equals. In the church, women lead in various organizations and are part of counsels about important issues. We don't hold the priesthood, but we still have access to the blessings that come from it. When I've prayed to understand this question better, I've been able to feel and know that the Lord loves me beyond my capacity to understand. The differences aren't because He doesn't love or trust me. They aren't intended to stratify us. I don't hold the priesthood, but I still have the opportunity to bless other people's lives, to call on God for help, and to see answers to my prayers. I know that I am still important to Him and able to help Him in His work. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Megan
The Holy Ghost is key in God's communication with men. Through the Holy Ghost, we can receive answers to our questions, comfort in our hardships, and the knowledge of our Heavenly Father's love for us. It brings beautiful feelings of security and assurance. Through its promptings, we can make the choices that will bring us the greatest happiness now and after this mortal life. The gift of the Holy Ghost is given to baptized, confirmed members of the church. It holds the potential for the constant presence of the Holy Ghost, and is one of the greatest gifts we can receive. It has made me feel peace in the difficult decisions I've made and helped me feel clean and close to God. It has been a blessing in my family as well, creating a feeling of love and unity as we keep the commandments. Show more Show less