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Hi I'm Marina Meadows

I am from Chattanooga, TN. I am a convert to the church, and I am the only member in my family. I'm a teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 11 years old my family was rocked to it's core with devastation from a drug addiction. I went from being a happy child with a normal house, a normal life and normal parents to a child with a broken home, a sick mom, and no sense of safety or unity in my daily life. All of the sudden, I felt like I was living someone else's life. None of my teachers, family members or friends knew of the tragedy that had struck my family, except for one person; my dearest friend from three houses up the street. I don't think I ever actually told her what was happening, but somehow she knew. At only 11 years old she knew I needed a friend, she knew I needed a family, and she knew I needed The Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. Because of her and her family I have been a member of the loving family of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 13 years. I am forever grateful and I owe everything I am and everything I have to my angel mother, my sweet sister and my Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because when I was only 11 years old, during the most important time of growth in a child's life, I needed a family. I needed to know that I was loved. I needed to know that no matter how broken my family was, how broken I was, or how lost I felt there was someone who understood perfectly every single thing I was enduring. I needed structure. I needed guidance. I needed to know that everything I was going through was for a reason other than to test my survival skills. I am Mormon because still to this day I need a family, I need support, I need to be reminded where I came from, what I'm doing here, and where I'm going when this life is done.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through my gift and calling of teaching. Not only am I a public educator of 19 beautiful 5th graders, but I also have the privilege to teach the youth on Sunday as a Sunday School Teacher. The more I get to exercise my calling as a teacher the more I am grateful for this calling and for this gift. Our prophet Thomas S. Monson said this precious message in October of 1997, " Children learn through gentle direction and persuasive teaching. They search for models to imitate, knowledge to acquire, things to do, and teachers to please." When the days become long, the stacks of papers that I must grade become too high and the anxiety of this most important calling overcome me, I just remember that those children are "looking for models to imitate," and it's my job to give them a model to look up to that is worthy of all the blessings this Gospel has to offer.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Marina Meadows
On the first Sunday of every month, members of the church gather to share the things they know to be true about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We know these things to be true because the Holy Spirit has bore witness of their truthfulness. At the very core of a Mormon's testimony is the knowledge that Heavenly Father lives, knows us and loves us; that Jesus Christ lives, that He is the Son of God, and that he died for the sins of every person in the world; that we are lead today by a living prophet, called by God himself; and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior's Church restored on the earth today in it's original state and matter. Show more Show less