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Hi I'm Rebekka

I'm a medical student and I hope to treat mental illness in underserved communities. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a medical student and I'm also pursuing my PhD in neuroscience in western New York. I'm single and I live with a few roommates who are also LDS. I serve in the Relief Society presidency of my singles branch.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a rich family history in the Church, going back, on some lines, to the very founding of the church in Western New York. Although that's how I came to the church, and how I'm 'culturally Mormon,' it is not why I am faithfully and spiritually Mormon. I'm Mormon because the Holy Spirit has told me that it is the truth. I'm Mormon because I know that even if every other Mormon stopped being Mormon, I would still be Mormon and try to become the best Mormon I can be. I'm Mormon because I believe God loves us, and I believe He sent His Son to redeem all mankind, and I believe He restored the church in these days and sends us prophets.

How I live my faith

I think the main way we live our faith is found in how we relate to other people. If we truly have faith in Christ and our Heavenly Father, then it naturally follows that we have faith that every person we see is a child of God, and our spiritual brother or sister-- and they are also someone who can be redeemed through Christ. I want to live my faith best by loving others; I crave developing charity, the pure love of Christ. I also try to live my faith in my education. I'm studying to become a physician, and I try to see the beauty in creation as I learn. I also try to keep myself always oriented to serving God's children. I would also like to be a wife and mother. Living my faith also requires steady devotion, which I think ultimately helps us to build charity and self-discipline. I live my faith by trying to serve as best I can in my calling, and by attending my meetings and trying to always do better at keeping God's commandments.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

It goes toward building up God's kingdom on Earth! It supports the programs of the church, including education programs. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Everyone comes about knowledge of the truth in different ways... sometimes, VERY different ways. That's OK-- everyone has different gifts of the spirit. Some people believe easily, or at least some parts. Others believe in the testimony of others. Some people have a fiery testimony all at once, and some people build a testimony through quiet devotion over years or decades. What's in common amongst everyone is the desire to know that it is true. How do we show this desire? By praying to God and telling him that we have that desire. By actually reading and learning what it is that we want to know the truth of-- especially the Book of Mormon. By "experimenting upon the word"-- living the Gospel and seeing its beauty. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Absolutely. Through the priesthood, husbands and wives can be sealed together and to their children for all eternity. They will be together in heaven working side-by-side. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is the basic unit of society and the church-- families on earth are patterned after our family structure in heaven. The very concept of family is eternal. It is in families that we can become the most Christlike, because we can learn selfless love and good works. Making commitments and promises to be united with people forever is both an ultimate act of (and lesson in) love AND a way that we build discipline and consistency and strength of character. Show more Show less