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Hi I'm Meg McDowell

I'm a collegiate soccer player. I'm a future missionary. I love music and singing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Between sports and music I have been able to keep busy most my life. My dad's family comes from a long line of athletes, and my mom's from a long line of musicians, so my love for both is somewhat innate. From club, high school, and college soccer teams, to church choirs, school choirs and voice lessons my passion for these hobbies has grown and developed immensely since I began many years ago. However, my love for these things no doubt stems from the experiences I've had and the relationships I have developed as I've participated in them. Along with this, I am a college student and will soon be leaving to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love my family and friends and being able to meet new people and learn about what makes them unique.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed enough to be born into this gospel, so I am a Mormon simply by birth; however, that is not why I continue to follow His gospel. I love this church and all that it teaches. The simple truth that we are here on earth to grow and become like our Father in Heaven is a testament to our God's love for us. He truly wants us to have all that he has, and for that I am so grateful. His plan for us truly is a plan of happiness, and the more I learn about it the more grateful I am for His eternal love for me. I am so incredibly grateful for my savior, Jesus Christ, and for His perfect example of love and selflessness. I am thankful for His patience in my shortcomings, and for the Atonement that allows me to restart with a clean slate every week after the sacrament. Because of this, I know that Christ is my brother and the son of God and that God so loved us that he sent Him, his only begotten son, to be the Redeemer of the world. I am grateful for living prophets that are the mouthpiece of God for this day and age, and know that they are men called of God, chosen to lead us through our triumphs and challenges. I am grateful for the standards works: the bible, and the Book or Mormon, and for the lessons that are taught from each story that is told within them. I love the prophet Joseph Smith for his courage and faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and know that it is because of him that we are blessed with this only true gospel today. I am grateful for trials and challenges and that God loves me enough to strengthen me and refine me in my hardships beyond what I thought imaginable. I could probably go on for pages about why I continue to live this gospel, but to be brief: I know that Christ lives, and that he loves me, and you, beyond comprehension. It is because of Him that we are saved, and I know that His church is the true church of God. I love this gospel and every simple truth that I learn from day to day. I would not be the person I am without it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best to represent our Savior from day to day. Growing up as a youth in this day and age is far from easy, and I am so grateful for the example of my family members in helping me stay on the straight and narrow. The world seems to have a way of making things that are not important seem important, as well as making the worldly seem commonplace. In my experience with any secular activity I participate in (and I'm sure many can attest to this), profanity, breaking the law of chastity, breaking the word of wisdom, slothfulness, and disrespect for our bodies seem to all be normal. Although detrimental to be around, it is nearly impossible to avoid these things without completely abandoning all activities outside of church (which obviously is not practical). With this in mind, the biggest contribution I can make to my community is trying to be "in the world and not of the world." I'm certainly not perfect, but striving to live by this principle strengthens me (and hopefully those around me) everyday. Trying to be a disciple of Christ when it is not the popular thing to do is difficult, but I know, or certainly hope, that my example is recognized by those around me who need a positive light. Soon, I will be serving as a full-time missionary and will be able to teach and serve those around me. I look forward to this experience and the growth that will take place in me!