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Hi I'm Meredith

I'm growing up in Richmond, Virginia, US. I go to Godwin High School, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. I play basketball and soccer for my high school, and I play travel soccer for the Richmond Kickers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but I have stayed with this church because of the blessing that I have received.

How I live my faith

I am a member of the church's youth program and I am a Family History Consultant.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Meredith
Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness.The family is central to God’s plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Meredith
The Church has made the following public statement on multiple occasions prior to major elections: “Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.” I am grateful that my church supports the member's free agency, and making their own decisions on what political party they can vote for. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Meredith
"Jesus Christ taught that baptism is essential to the salvation of all who have lived on earth (see John3:5). Many people, however, have died without being baptized. Others were baptized without proper authority. Because God is merciful, He has prepared a way for all people to receive the blessings of baptism. By performing proxy baptisms in behalf of those who have died, Church members offer these blessings to deceased ancestors. These individuals in the next life can then choose to accept or decline what has been done in their behalf." Mormons preform proxy baptisms so that people that have died and didn't get to hear the gospel can have the opportunity to hear it. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Meredith
A number of ancient prophets wrote the Book of Mormon. The book is named after one of the last of the ancient prophets, Moroni. "These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ." Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Meredith
Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), said: “We are Christians in a very real sense and that is coming to be more and more widely recognized. Once upon a time people everywhere said we are not Christians. They have come to recognize that we are, and that we have a very vital and dynamic religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. We, of course, accept Jesus Christ as our Leader, our King, our Savior...the dominant figure in the history of the world, the only perfect Man who ever walked the earth, the living Son of the living God. He is our Savior and our Redeemer through whose atoning sacrifice has come the opportunity of eternal life. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ and witnesses of His divinity, His life, and His Atonement.” Yes, we believe in Christ, and he his the head of our Church. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Meredith
Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said: “Our major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe. Our people are expected to pay 10 percent of their income to move forward the work of the Church. The remarkable and wonderful thing is that they do it. Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden. Our people believe in the word of God as set forth in the book of Malachi, that the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them (Malachi 3:8-10). Moving and touching is the testimony of Latter-day Saints throughout the world concerning this, the Lord’s law for the financing of His work.” The Church finances its operations through contributions of its members in various financial endeavors; most through tithing. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Meredith
"God has called prophets to lead His Church in our day, just as He did anciently. The current prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Thomas S. Monson. He is assisted by two counselors—Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uctdorf. Together, they make up the First Presidency of the Church (much like Peter, James, and John after Christ’s death)." The current prophet and President of the Church is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Meredith
LDS members believe in service to all mankind. All over the world there are places that suffer things like disasters, and many times the church has offered assistance contributed by its members. We help anyone and everyone we can, regardless to beliefs, race, or nationality. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Meredith
LDS members wear 'Sunday Best' to church; which may include suits, sport coats, and ties for the men and modest dresses or skirts for the women. Children dress up for church also. We celebrate Christmas, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries, etc., and any other regional or national holidays of the countries that we live in. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Meredith
The Word of Wisdom is a law given from God to help keep our bodies and minds healthy and strong. Things like tobacco, alcohol, coffee and tea, and illegal drugs can be harmful to the body and our spiritual health, too. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Meredith
'The Savior taught His disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19).' Mormons believe, and are enthusiatic about, in teaching others about the goodness of His gospel to all who will listen.Missionaries can be seen riding on bicycles or walking door to door, sharing their message. They seek out people who may be interested in learning more about Jesus Christ and God’s plan for their happiness. They serve in pairs. Missionaries volunteer full-time service for a period of eighteen months to two years. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Meredith
OFFICIAL CHURCH ANSWER One definition listed for ‘cult’ in Webster’s Dictionary is “a religion regarded as unorthodox.” Since the roots of Mormonism are not a break off from the Catholic or Protestant churches, it is seen by some as “unorthodox.” For example, the LDS definition of the Godhead differs from the Nicene Creed accepted by most Catholic or Protestant churches. The “cult” label is usually applied by Church opponents attempting to criticize or discredit the Church. However, sometimes it’s simply a matter of characterization that has grown up over time by the lack of understanding. Such misunderstandings often vanish when people begin to realize the commonality of what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really teaches and believes. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world whom we love and worship. When people begin to see and recognize these things about Mormons, then their opinion of the Church usually changes, and old beliefs are replaced with new understanding. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Meredith
OFFICIAL CHURCH ANSWER In the spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him, just as heavenly beings had appeared to prophets like Moses and Paul in biblical times. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth. Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the next 10 years, Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, and received divine authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on 6 April 1830, under the leadership of Joseph Smith. It has grown to an organization with members and congregations throughout the world. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Meredith
OFFICIAL CHURCH ANSWER Missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. Show more Show less