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Hi I'm Morgan

I'm a cowgirl at heart, I love to laugh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student, trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I am the oldest of two children in my family; my younger sister is my favorite sister ever! Ha ha ha. My parents are two of my best friends. I have a hound dog named Sammy who I adore. I love to read and write, to sing and dance (though how talented I am at any of these is up for debate). I love to laugh, and especially to make others laugh. I'm a total klutz, and am always discovering new ways to run into doors and walls. I love to learn and try new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon, but that's not entirely why I am one today. My parents taught me to always ask questions, and to search for answers. I knew from an early age that I could not only ask them anything, but more importantly that I could turn to my Father in Heaven with my questions. So I did. At first, my questions were pretty simple and typical for a child---did God write the birds' songs? Could I learn how to fly if I promised to be really good? But as I grew up, and life and trials happened, I questioned what I had always "known" to be true. I did some serious soul searching. I read and studied the scriptures; I prayed. I talked to my friends of various religions about their beliefs. I learned a lot; but mostly, I realized that I kept coming back to what I had learned as a child because of the way it felt in my heart. I can't recall any particular instances that were miraculous or astounding; I didn't have a "lightbulb" moment where everything all of a sudden made sense. But I do remember the feelings I would get, and still get, everytime I knelt in searching prayer, asking to know if what I'd known all along was really true. Everytime I've asked, no matter where I was physically or spiritually, I have always gotten the same overwhelming feeling of peace and of love. Being a Mormon has taught me to love my Savior Jesus Christ, and has brought me closer to Him than anything else I have yet experience. I cherish that closeness. I need it. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Because I am a college student, I attend a congregation, or ward, that is comprised of other students near my age. I help organize social events when asked, and I try my best to attend as many as possible. It's a great way to make friends, and also to come together and feel that unity that comes from being with really good people. I also attend the temple at least once a month with my friends. I go there to get away from the world, to really think and ponder and talk with my Father in Heaven. It's easier for me to focus there, because it is a sacred place. There aren't the distractions of TV, music, and people coming in and out. Don't get me wrong, I watch TV, and you can hardly ever find me without my iPod. But I've found that there is much to be said for being still, and letting the Holy Spirit have a chance to guide me without having everything else to compete with.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Morgan
Well, the missionaries will talk about the teachings and the gospel of Jesus Christ, and how we can apply those in our lives today. They'll ask you questions about your experiences, your thoughts, your feelings about the Savior. They'll share scriptures from the Bible and the Book of Mormon that have answered questions and concerns for them. Often, they'll share something that sinks deep into your heart, without them even knowing that they've said anything profound. Heavenly Father tells them, through the Holy Ghost, those things that He wants you to hear and to know. At the end of each visit, the missionaries will pray with you, and sometimes invite you to offer that prayer. Every message that the missionaries share focuses on the Savior, and especially His love for you. As you pray about the things that they share, you will come to know for yourself the truthfulness of those things. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Morgan
First, we are more than just skin and muscles and bones and such. There is inside of us a piece of eternity; it has many different names--soul, spirit, etc.--but it is in essense what makes us...well, us. When our physical bodies die, our spirits do not. (See Ecclesiastes 12:7) See, Heavenly Father created a place we Mormons call the spirit world. It's a place of learning and growth and progress. While here, those who did not have the opportunity to learn about the Savior Jesus Christ get to learn about Him and His gosepl, and develop their own testimonies, if they want to. (See 1 Peter 3:18-20, 4:6) Just like in this life, no one is forced to come closer to Him, so if they don't want to, they don't have to. We still will be ourselves--we'll still have our same likes and dislikes, our same personality, our same desires. The Book of Mormon prophet Alma teaches us this: "...for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have pwoer to possess your body in that eternal world." (Alma 34:34) Eventually, just as Christ was resurrected--his spirit and his perfected immortal body reunited--so will we be. (See I Corinthians 15:20-22). Having this knowledge has made dealing with the loss of close family and friends so much easier for so many people, especially for me. Show more Show less