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Hi I'm Marie

I was raised in the state of Pennsylvania within the United States, and I have been blessed to be a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Amelia Marie Merenda, but most people call me Marie! My parents are converts to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They both were baptized in their early twenties in different parts of the country. My father used to be a catholic and my mother had different Christian influences from both her parents. When they were married in their late 30's, they had three children together: Rachel, Michael and Marie (me!) With all of this said, you can infer that I have grown up in this church. But was taught and given the option to be baptized as a member of the church when I was 8 years old. Although I have grown up in the church, I also have a conversion story. I have had to learn for myself if what I have been taught my entire life, was indeed true and good. I have done that by testing those teachings, asking questions, praying to Heavenly Father directly, and reading His Scriptures. This gospel has helped me to become who I am today. Naturally, I tend to be a more talkative individual. I do enjoy meeting people and gaining new relationships and friendships. I like to joke and poke-fun with those I'm close to. I sometimes am bossy and rude, and selfish but that's why we have repentance :p But no seriously, ... that's why we have repentance. 1 weird thing about me is I have this... almost obsession, or need, to save innocent bugs/animals from looming danger and destruction! I just think their lives are important too, and shouldn't end early if can be avoided.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for a lot of reasons. First things first, I would be lying if I said growing up in a Mormon home hasn't greatly influenced my decision to continue to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it has, I'm sure. My parents experienced the search to find the truth when they were my age.. they were "only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it" (D&C 123:12). But as they were diligent in their search, they were lead, and once they found it (like anyone who finds something good) obviously wouldn't keep it from their children, but shared it with us in abundance! If you ever come to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for even one meeting, you will hear how often we are taught to stop relying on other peoples beliefs! Stop relying on your parents testimonies! Don't believe what I'm saying because I'm saying it! Figure it out for yourself! Search! Read the Scriptures! Pray, ask God! You see, growing up as a Mormon isn't a "you believe this, don't ask questions" kind of thing. It isn't a situation where you feel you are confined and given no other choice, it's actually the very opposite. I have chosen to be a Mormon, because I have done what so many ancient prophets have told us to do and that is "experiment" upon the word (Alma 32) and "ask‍ God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith‍ in Christ, he will manifest‍ the truth‍ of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost" (Moroni 10:4-5). I have not only learned what the gospel teaches, but I've tested it. I've tested to see if it really isn't made up, and if it's really how God wants His church. And now, since I have done these things, I have a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ, and that the prophecies of His prophets in the scriptures have been fulfilled. His church is on the earth today, we can have all of our deepest questions answered!

How I live my faith

How do I live my life as a Mormon? Man that's a large question! haha. But also a simple one. I try to follow my Savior, Jesus Christ in all things, and when I fail to do that... and sometimes even blatantly choose to not follow Jesus Christ, I repent, and turn to Him again. The way to follow the Savior, is to understand who He is, what He has taught ALL of His children in both the Bible, and the Book of Mormon, and through His ancient and modern prophets. Once I have obtained that knowledge, I have tried to implement all of those teachings into my life. Teachings of keeping the Sabbath Day holy (Deuteronomy 5:12; Mosiah 18:23; Doctrine and Covenants 68:29), living the Word of Wisdom (D&C 89), making and keeping sacred covenants in the temple, and in church meetings (Psalms 27:4; Zechariah 8:9; Ephesians 2:20-22; 3 Nephi 24:1; D&C 138: 48), not becoming angry (Matt 5:21-22; 3 Nephi 12:21-22), praying always that I may "come off conqueror" that I "may conquer Satan" (D&C 10:5), keeping the law of chastity (Jacob 2:28; D&C 121:45; Proverbs 31:10; Matt 5:27-28; 3 Nephi 12:27-28), remaining humble (Matt 5:5-6;16-18; Ether 12:27; D&C 67:10; Proverbs 16:19; James 4:10), and so on. Now, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is to not say that we believe we are saints, and I certainly know that I am not. Definitely not.. but rather that we believe in the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. And when we fail to live according to His teachings, we know we can earnestly try again... with that said, I told you above some of the ways I try to live my faith..my faith in the Savior, and I don't live that 100% all the time or really any of the time. But we have a saying that a saint is a sinner who keeps trying... and I know that's true. And I know this Gospel is worth that effort.

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

Because Adam and Eve partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, we get to make our own choices. Because we can make our own choices, we can choose to make mistakes and sin. Because mankind can sin, we must die so we aren't stuck forever in a sinful state. Because we can sin, we are unclean and no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. So if we die in our sins, we would never be able to return to our Heavenly Father. God knew this is how it would be, and that's why Jesus Christ needed to come. Christ needed to do two things because of the fall of Adam and Eve to enable us to return to our Heavenly Father. #1. He needed to suffer for all of the sins of world, for every single one of God's children that were, are and will ever be on the earth. When He suffered for our sins, he paid the debt that we owe to God for the sins we have committed. Since the debt has been paid, what we must do is have faith in Christ, repent and follow His example. When we repent we are confessing and forsaking the thing we have done wrong. When we confess and forsake, we make amends to God and to anyone we have wronged and then promise to never do it again with the intent to keep that promise. In this way we can be made clean again. #2. He had to die a mortal death and then return resurrected in a perfectly glorified state. If he had not done this, we would never be able to be resurrected and receive that perfect state. Without this we cannot continue to progress and live with God. Show more Show less