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Hi I'm Hollie C. Bevan

Born in California; live in Utah. I love Music, my Family, and being a Mormon!

About Me

Wife, mother, grandmother, missionary, musician, singer, artist, seamstress, genealogist, swimmer, flower-gardner, painter, composer, author, indexer, blogger, computer tech, and follower of Jesus Christ! Wow! Seeing 'me' in print blesses my heart with gratitude for all of my many blessings from the Lord! I am a mom of 3 (5 counting spouses) and have 7 grandkids who call me Nana. My family is precious to me and I love sharing that I know that families can be together forever through Christ! I work almost every day on my own family history and also work on genealogy for others which has blessed me with many wonderful experiences confirming that our ancestors, family members, and loved ones who have died are indeed aware of us and interested in our welfare. I served a 2-year mission with my dear husband to the Madrid Spain Temple, and hope to be able to serve many more missions in the future. I am a pianist and an organist, and have directed choirs for 40 years. I also love to be swimming in the pool almost as much as I love to be in the Temple! I used to be an avid sewer and sew most of my clothes and other specialty dresses for friends, but these days I just seem to be doing alot of mending. Recently, it was necessary to add adult-training wheels to my bike, so that I don't have anymore bad falls. My children find my extra-set of wheels a bit embarrassing, but my grandkids think that they are really cool! Flower gardens bring me peace and hope, especially rose gardens!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because God, Our Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son, appeared to the 14 year old Joseph Smith at a place that is now called the Sacred Grove! I've never personally visited the Sacred Grove, nor walked on the streets of the Holy Land; but, I have felt the spiritual witness that God and Jesus did appear to the boy prophet Joseph Smith. I have felt the spirit in the Holy Temple and know that the Temple is the Lord's house on earth. The spirit has testified to my heart and every fibre of my soul that He walks those halls! I am a Mormon because it is only in the Holy Temple that the way is made possible for me have my family, my husband, my children and grandchildren sealed through Jesus Christ to be a forever family. My sweet companion, my husband, is my eternal companion and we will be together forever because of the sacred and holy ordinances made available to us God's Holy Temple. I am a Mormon because I want to follow Christ in all things. What a joy it is to be able to follow Him in the Temple! I am a Mormon because I know that the long awaited Messiah is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that God the Father and His Son, Jesus, both live! I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has our Savior at it's helm, and that President Thomas S. Monson, is the Lord's Prophet, today - even the Prophet to the world, whether they know it or not! I am a Mormon, because, everything that Joseph Smith testified, is true. The Prophet Joseph Smith was called by God and given the power of the Lord to translate the Gold Plates, which we have as "The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Christ." With all my heart, mind, might, and soul, I can exclaim from the roof tops that these things are true! Yes, with all of my heart, I can sing: "I Know That My Redeemer Lives"

How I live my faith

I yearn to be known as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and as such, my faith in my Savior has dictated my life's actions to show that I'm a follower of Christ. My motto that describes me comes from former Church President Spencer W. Kimball, and I have adopted his words as my own: "My life is like my shoes to be worn out in the service of my God." This simple statement conveys my deep personal yearning to always be anxiously engaged in serving others, because in so doing, I know that the Lord recognizes that I am serving and following in His footsteps. Some of my Church callings - (voluntary assignments) - have been a great privilege and blessing by giving me the opportunities to be able to teach the women on during Sunday meetings, to play the Hymns of Zion on the organ for various Church assignments, and to serve as Choir director and conduct the singers in joining their voices with the unheard angelic choirs in heaven. Teaching has uplifted me and strengthened my testimony to know that my Redeemer lives. I absolutely loved the opportunity to teach Adults during Sunday School class where we studied Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. As a Daughter of God, I found the stories in the Old Testament to be most inspiring as I have revisited the stories of Deborah, Esther and Ruth and renewed goals to be faithful, true, valiant, virtuous, and full of lovingkindness! The New Testament brings to life the words of our Savior as He went about doing good and performing miracles upon those who believed in Him. Oh, that I could have been there and walked with Him! Or that I could have been at Bountiful when He appeared as the Resurrected Christ to those on the American continent. The Book of Mormon, which is another witness of Jesus Christ, testifies in every other verse that He lives. The words of God to us in these latter-days are contained in the Doctrine and Covenants and in the Pearl of Great Price. I cherish all of them!

What is the Book of Mormon?

Hollie C. Bevan
The Book of Mormon is a collection of sacred texts and testimonies that Jesus is the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, the Messiah, Our Savior and Redeemer. From the beginning, God has always called Prophets to speak and write His word. In the Old World, those sacred texts and testimonies were translated into what we know as the Holy Bible. The Old Testament prophets looked forward to the day when the Messiah would be born. The New Testament records the actual birth and ministry of Jesus as He walked with those through-out the Holy Land. God also called Prophets on the American continents, who likewise taught about the promised Messiah, and preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. The Book of Mormon contains the record of Christ's ministry after Christ's resurrection, when He appeared to those in the Americas. Jesus blessed and taught the people His same Gospel that He gave to those in the Holy Land. Hence, the actual title is: The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Christ. The Book of Mormon stands side by side with the Holy Bible in declaring that Jesus is the Son of God. It supports and verifies the Bible. It is a Holy Book. It is a sacred book. The Book of Mormon concludes with a great promise that those who read it and sincerely pray about it can know by the Holy Ghost that it is true (Moroni 10:4). Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Hollie C. Bevan
We believe that God has a physical body of flesh and bones in an immortal, holy, sanctified state. As our Father in Heaven, He truly is Our Heavenly Father. He is the Father of our Spirits. We are His sons and daughters. We have been created in His image and He loves us. He created this earth for us so that we could be born and receive physical bodies to clothe our Spirits. He gave us the gift of His Only Begotten Son, to be our Savior and Redeemer, so that we could follow Him and return to live with God again. Heavenly Father gave us our agency so that we could learn for ourselves to choose His way. We are known by God. He knows our name and He hears our prayers. That's why one of our most beloved Hymns is "I Am A Child of God, and He has sent me here. Has given me an earthly home with parents kind and dear. Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, Help me find the way. Teach me all that I must do, to live with Him someday." (Click here to read and listen: http://www.lds.org/churchmusic/detailmusicPlayer/index.html?searchlanguage=1&searchcollection=1&searchseqstart=301&searchsubseqstart= &searchseqend=301&searchsubseqend=ZZZ ). Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Hollie C. Bevan
Our bodies are the physical covering of our spirits. Truly, all the wonders of our being able to see, hear, feel, taste, and touch, along with our movement capabilities to walk, run and even cradle a baby in loving arms - are all precious gifts from God, Our Heavenly Father. Even with infirmities and imperfections, the opportunity to have a body is a blessing and with that comes a responsibility to acknowledge God for His gift to us and to not pollute it or defile it in anyway. When we recognize that our bodies are tabernacles of flesh to clothe our spirits, we can understand that the body is really a temple for our spirit; it's a sacred house for our spirit that has been given to us by a loving Heavenly Father. To the degree that we guard our body from dirt and evil pollution, we will be blessed with greater sensitivity to the sweet whisperings of the Holy Spirit. If we corrupt and defile our temple-body, then we will be insensitive to the influence of the Holy Ghost. If we want to choose God, then we will keep ourselves focussed on the sacred nature of our bodies as a 'temple of God' and care for it as if our eternal lives depended on it! Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Hollie C. Bevan
We make covenants with the Lord to serve when and where we are called, remembering that when we are of service to our fellow beings, we are in the Service of our God. Isn't that an incredibly beautiful and wonderful motive! As Mormons, we "do" because of our great love of God. Currently, young adults may begin missionary service at 18 years old for young men and 19 years old for young women. It's a wonderful feeling to be able to volunteer and serve a mission. Opportunities to serve missions are also available for married couples and retired seniors - both men and women. It is a great privilege to be able to wear a missionary badge that bears the name of our Savior and shows that we are serving Him. Show more Show less

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

Hollie C. Bevan
Yes! Absolutely a husband and wife can be together forever through the Sealing Ordinances that are administered in the Lord's Holy Temples that are now being built across the earth to bless all of Heavenly Father's children, no matter when they lived. Under proper authority given from God, the great love that we have for our spouse can be continued beyond this earth life. In the Temple, incredibly sacred and special blessings are given to us so that we may live with our families together in heaven. These amazing gifts from God are made possible to us through, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. And, when we learn about Him, and choose to conform our lives to His Gospel, we will most certainly want to enter His Holy Temple and claim the blessings that He offers there to truly bind our families together as an eternal family, a forever family, to live in heaven with God and Our Savior together forever! What a joy it is to know that our family relationships can last forever—not just for this life! Show more Show less