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Hi I'm Meranda

I grew up in Tennessee. I have a BA in English from BYU-I. I have been volunteering at a summer camp for 7 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mix of the south and sea because I was born in California and grew up in Tennessee. I loved attending college and having the opportunity to earn a BA in English with a professional emphasis. I love my big, crazy family. I enjoy hiking, reading, and designing. I, also, enjoy saving Gotham in my spare time.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home with a mother who was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a father who was an atheist. So I didn't grow up with both parents at church or at family scripture study. It was just my mom, brother, and me. As I got older, I had to figure out what I personally believed. I decided to read the whole Book of Mormon and pray about it. During this time, I lived by those values and standards, praying morning and night. As I reached the end, I was scared. I read Moroni's promise and prayed. I then sat and pondered on what I had read. As I did, I felt peace and comfort come over me with the small, still thought of "You know this is true." I had my answer. As time went on and I made many mistakes, I questioned my answer. Maybe I had been wrong. So I turned to the Lord and talked to Him in prayer. I told Him about how I had messed up so much. I didn't understand why I always felt like a burden was on my shoulders, like I was carrying something. If I had faith, weren't my burdens supposed to be made light, and I was supposed to have comfort and peace? Shortly after this conversation, I sat down in my bedroom and pondered on it all. When a random scripture came to mind, I looked it up. The scripture said, "Behold, I have seen your sacrifices, and will forgive all your sins; I have seen your sacrifices in obedience to that which I have told you." (D&C 132:50). As I read it, that same weight was lifted off my shoulders, and felt that old and familiar peace and comfort return to me. I cried for I knew my Lord and Savior had heard me. Jesus Christ came to this earth and atoned for my sins so that I may repent and return home to Him again. He knows how to comfort me in my times of need. He knows me and loves me. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it can guide me, giving me that same peace and comfort during my tribulations. He is always there. He dearly loves us all. I know these things are true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being aware and serving those around me, whether it be a plate of cookies or babysitting. I participate in my community through volunteer work such as an activities assistant at a summer camp program or by helping at the local senior center. I love getting to know all those who I get to work with, giving them love, and helping them smile, and living by my faith gives me many opportunities to help others in need.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Meranda
We do believe the Bible to be Holy Scripture and the word of God, as long as it is correctly translated. God loves all of His children, and, therefore, wants to speak to, guide, and warn them. In days past, His prophets such as Moses and Job spread His word to all His people across their nation, leading to the creation of the Bible. During that time, and for a period afterwards, His prophets such as Nephi and Alma shared His message to those across their nation, leading to the creation of The Book of Mormon. We believe that both of these texts are true and should be used together, witnessing of each other and creating a better understanding of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and their doctrine. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Meranda
Years ago, when Jesus Christ was on the earth, He had the power of God because He was the Son of God. He gave this power to His disciples and other worthy members of His church. After the apostasy, Joseph Smith restored Jesus Christ's church, also restoring the priesthood. Restoring the priesthood meant that they now had the power and authority to act in Heavenly Father's name. The priesthood can be received by worthy male members of the church so they may lead our church congregations, bless and pass the sacrament, baptize people, seal families, and give priesthood blessings, amongst other things. Those who hold the priesthood follow Christ's example and serve their ward, families, and community with love and care. Show more Show less