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Hi I'm Megan McLaws

I grew up in New York, I play the harp. I'm a Mormon

About Me

Hello! I'm Megan, I am an adventure enthusiast. I grew up in the beautiful region of upstate New York where I spent my days skiing, wake boarding, knee boarding, kayaking, spelunking and hiking. I loved anything outside. I also love music. I've played the piano and harp for several years and I'm constantly on the lookout for new songs. I'm currently a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah studying Public Health. My dream is to help children with disabilities in developing countries. I was born with several birth defects that have heavily influenced my life, these include a hearing loss, cleft lip and palate and eye problems. Growing up with all that was not easy but through the support of my family, church congregations and friends I grew up confident and outgoing. Some other "fun facts" about me include that I once set a blender on fire by accident, I love exploring old buildings and attics of any building, I love obscure holidays, and I studied Latin for 6 years. I also love people and getting to know people. In such a short amount of time you can learn the most interesting things about complete strangers. There are so many cool people out there with the most amazing stories. I love learning about other people's' lives, there is something you can learn from almost anyone.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, but that does not mean I didn't choose to live the LDS faith. There was a time where I decided that I was not sure if the church was true, I figured that the only way to really know was to know the difference between having it in my life and not having it. I had lots of questions that challenged my faith. I stopped practicing for almost a year. My parents allowed me space to determine my beliefs for myself all the while encouraging me to make good choices. After some time I realized that I was not happy with my life without the teachings of Jesus Christ. I chose to live my faith again and have been continually blessed and growing since. I have a strong belief, or testimony, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only church on Earth that has the fullness of Jesus Christ's gospel. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me and all of Heavenly Father's children, because He loves us He provided a perfect plan to help us to return to live with Him again. One of the names for this plan is the Plan of Happiness. Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ want us to be happy, as I live my faith and have the gospel in my life, I am blessed. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for me. I also know that through trials and hard times I can find peace in the gospel and grow closer to God. It is so comforting to know that I am being watched over and cared for, that everything I endure will be for my greater good. I love that I can return to live with Heavenly Father and be with Him and my family for eternity so long as I am faithful, repent of my sins and continue to try to become better and more like Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I grew up attending the Latter Day Saint (LDS) Church. As a youth growing up in the LDS church, I was heavily involved and had a lot of leadership responsibilities. I served on committees in my local congregation and in a slightly larger local group of other LDS congregations, I also teach sunday school, a hour of instruction on some of our religious beliefs every sunday. I also played t he piano in church meetings and have conducted/lead youth church meetings in the past. I also visit two young women in my ward once a month at least and make sure that they are doing alright and help them with whatever I am able to help them with. Although all these are technically church assignments I love doing them. I become close friends with those I serve and I feel closer to my Heavenly Father as a I serve his children. My family and I would hold regular family home evenings every week where we would take turns giving gospel centered lessons and do activities and simply enjoy our time together as a family. Growing up, my mom taught, and I attended, an early morning religion class to the high school aged members of our congregation. Before that class, my family and I would wake up earlier to have family prayer and read a few verses of scriptures together in addition to our own personal scripture study and prayer. Now that I am at college, I am more conscientious about making sure I study the scriptures, sometimes some of my friends and I read scriptures together.Another thing that I do and many other members of our faith do is giving talks in our congregations on sundays. We do not have regular speakers in our church meetings, rather we take turns speaking in church each Sunday. Youth begin to speak as early as 12 years old. Living my faith enriches my life, it has played a fundamental role in who I have become, I would not have been half the person I am without it.