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Hi I'm Rebecca Nielsen

I live in Minnesota. I love classical music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love listening to Aaron Copland, going to the symphony, reading Wordsworth and anything by David McCullough. Video conferencing eases the challenge of living several states away from my parents and siblings. The day I delivered my twin daughters I retired from full-time work doing product management and new product development for a diversified health services company. I've had to learn a whole new skill set, but I love being a mother.

Why I am a Mormon

During college I met students from all around the world, and learned about diverse cultures and religious traditions. This led me to step back and consider rather objectively the impact of my own faith. I grew up in a Latter-Day Saint home with parents who taught me about Jesus Christ, and involved me in church activities from my earliest years. As I evaluated the effect this had had in my life to that point, It was clear to me that the product of my membership had been incredibly positive and joyful. I had had opportunities to study Christ's teachings and feel God's love. I had developed confidence that God calls prophets now as He did in Biblical times, and that through them He actively guides the Church. I had cultivated love for Jesus Christ and had found meaningful ways to serve him by serving others. Now, many years later, I still feel like my participation in the Church is among the greatest blessings in my life.

How I live my faith

In the morning I study the scriptures and then converse with my Heavenly Father in prayer. During the day I try to be an example of kindness to my three girls. It is a sweet privilege to teach them about Jesus Christ and his love for them. In my congregation I play the piano for the children's class.

What is being a Mormon like?

Rebecca Nielsen
My membership in Church has been very rewarding. Here are some of the reasons why: - It helps me focus on the things that will matter most in the long run, such as teaching and making memories with my girls. - It provides a rich social environment, but at the same time motivates me to reach out in my community and carve out time for personal reflection and meditation. - It helped me prioritize my education when I was a teenager and young adult. - It has consistently enabled me to build relationships with individuals from a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds. I have a vested interest in the future of people in a variety of circumstances, facing a range of challenges. - It encourages me in healthy living -- exercising, eating right, and avoiding addictive habits. - It has been an incredible resource during times of heartache and challenge, such as when I experienced a divorce. - It's given me a vision for what I want to do when I reach retirement age: I plan to serve a mission, which could entail doing humanitarian service in a developing country, or teaching people closer to home about Jesus Christ. - It has helped me understand that the purpose of my life is to try to be like Jesus Christ and to serve him. It has given me that hope that after death I can live with my loved ones in God's presence. Show more Show less