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Hi I'm Meredith

I grew up in California and live in Iowa. I work from home to be with my 5 children. I love my family! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spend my time caring for children. I have 5 children in Elementary School, Middle School and one in High School. I am a care-giver for twin 1 year old boys in my home. This makes my life very challenging and rewarding. I love to read, to be outdoors for relaxation and recreation, and I enjoy exercising. My interests are home decorating, crafts, organization, travel, and anything to do with raising my family and having fun with them. My husband and I have weekly dates where we shop, go to dinner or a movie, or attend the Nauvoo Temple. He is my best friend and favorite person in the world. I have a large family both on my side and my husband's side. When we can, we love to travel to visit them throughout the United States. That is the best way to spend our vacations! I want to be with my family forever!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were taught by LDS missionaries and then baptized before I was born. They taught me their beliefs and brought me to church throughout my young life. When I was 15, I had a desire to read the Book of Mormon and find out if our beliefs were true. I prayed many times over 6 months, and waited patiently. One night, I had a very long, heartfelt study of the Book of Mormon. As I read, I truly understood what I was reading and felt a change of heart come over me. I felt very sad and remorseful about my sins. I apologized to God and begged for His forgiveness. As I prayed, I felt my burdens lift and my thoughts turned to questions. I asked God if the Book of Mormon is true and waited patiently. At some point, I became very tired and climbed into bed. Right away, I felt a very unique feeling wash over me from head to toe and back up through my body again. It was like a tingling, warm sensation that left me feeling joyful and loved. I wondered, "Was that me? No! I couldn't do that myself! That was from God! I know!! I know the Book of Mormon is true! That means Joseph Smith was a Prophet! That means this is God's Restored Church! We have a true and living Prophet on the earth!" It all came together like a puzzle. I felt so much joy, I wanted to jump up and down and tell everyone in the world. This conviction became an anchor for me, a Polar Star in the years to come. It gave me the strength to correct my course and stay on the path I had chosen. It helped me through temptations and feelings of confusion. That amazing answer to my prayers at age 15 was just the beginning of my conversion. Over the last 24 years, I have had hundreds of experiences with the Holy Ghost that have added strength and fortification to my beliefs. I know with all of my heart that God lives! Jesus Christ lives! They love me! They love us all. I have felt it and I rely on it! I trust God and know His ways are the best. I am so grateful for the knowledge they have given me.

How I live my faith

Over the last 20 years, I have volunteered much of my free-time teaching and associating with children and teenagers. I absolutely love it! They have such pure spirits and so much love to offer! I enjoy doing everything I can to help them learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ and to help them develop a personal relationship with Christ and their Heavenly Father. In the last year, I have been closely working with 12-13 yr old girls, as well as others from 14-18. They are so much fun! I get to teach them and interact with them in weekly activities, too. I have been to Girl's Camp two times as a leader. We spend the week having fun, learning skills, enjoying nature, and feeling God's love and His Spirit. This is my favorite part of what I do. I have grown to love each girl in the program and I learn so much from them. I am also a "Visiting Teacher." I have been assigned to watch over, care for and uplift 4 of my sisters at church. (Sisters as children of God) Over my adult years, most of these women I get to care for have become my best friends. The women assigned to care for me have become equally special in my life. I find great joy and blessings in the service I give in my church.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

I have faith that as I obey God's law of health in avoiding coffee, tea, and alcohol that I will be blessed. Whether scientists prove the reasons for avoiding these things or not, I trust that God knows what He is doing, and I trust living Prophets. Mankind will prove and disprove what they will, as they discover knowledge, but God is never changing and all knowing. I believe that God protects us from evils that we are unaware of and I count on His warnings to bless my life. This helps me to not be concerned with what others think, outside of my beliefs. I also know that obedience brings me happiness and peace, as opposed to the feelings of sadness, discomfort, and the loss of the Holy Ghost that I have experienced when I sin. I believe that God gives us laws for our well being and benefit. I have experienced great blessings of health, rapid healing, and treasures of knowledge through the Spirit from following the Word of Wisdom (our law of health). Overall, we are to seek the good things that God has provided for us-food that nourishes our bodies that is natural and beneficial, and physical activities that add strength and health to our bodies. We believe in doing things that help us enjoy a quality life and give the Holy Ghost a clean, sacred place to dwell. We must live a righteous life, spiritually, to house the Spirit as well. I am so grateful to be able to have the Holy Spirit dwell with me as I live a clean life. Show more Show less