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Hi I'm Merritt Jewel

I wear cardigans too much. I'm socially awkward. I love the ukelele and everything crafty. I am Mormon.

About Me

I've been a member all my life and am grateful to have a wonderful and supportive family. I have lived in many different places including Washington D.C., Maryand, Indiana, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho and I currently live in Florida. I am attending BYU-Idaho as a communication major and am hoping to eventually take pictures for National Geographic. On August 17, I will enter the MTC in preparation to serve as a missionary in the Alaska Anchorage mission. I love my eternal family and I am so entirely thankful to be a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I know, with all my heart, that this is the true church. My family and I have been through our fair share of trials, all of which have only strengthened my testimony of this gospel and of Heavenly Father and Christ's love for me. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and I'm reassured every time I read them. It is not some work of fiction with wizards and witches that only exist within a numbered pages. The Book of Mormon is true and testifies of real events which promises are eternal-including Christ's life and His atonement. I know that Joseph Smith restored the gospel and was called of God. I also know that the current prophet and apostles we have today are called of God and are guided by the Spirit. Heavenly Father knows and loves each and every one of us personally. This is what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches me, and this is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

With the love and support my family and friends, I try my best to share the happiness this gospel brings me, and to stay optimistic through the inevitable trials we face on this earth.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Merritt Jewel
The Atonement is the act of Jesus Christ suffering our sins, pains and afflictions so that we could make it back to Heavenly Father one day. Because we are all imperfect and make mistakes, and no imperfect thing can be in the presence of God (3 Nephi 27:19), it was necessary that someone completely perfect, Jesus Christ, fulfill the atonement and pay the price for our sins, so that we could all make it back to Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Merritt Jewel
Not everyone has the opportunity to hear the gospel and/or be baptized on this earth in this lifetime, so by being baptized in the name of someone whose passed away, a door is opened and they have the opportunity to accept the gospel in the next life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Merritt Jewel
Nope! Jospeh Smith is the first modern day prophet of the restored gospel. We believe that at the age of 14 he was called by God to restore the gospel to this Earth. So without him we would not have the Church of Jesus Christ of LATTER-DAY Saints or priesthood keys, but we do not worship him. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Merritt Jewel
It is a personal decision to serve a mission. Though it is suggested that every member, male or female, that is worthy and willing to serve a mission should, a mission is hard work and not for everyone. Show more Show less