Hi I'm Becca
Mother, art quilter, writer, e-learning curriculum designer. And I'm a Mormon.
With six kids, you'd think I'd be too busy to do anything else, but I've found that using my talents--and involving my children in them--is delightful and fun. Consequently, my life is full of art and music, writing and fun. I'm an art quilter (something I learned from my grandmother), my husband a painter (something he learned from his father), and our walls are full of children's drawings (most posted on paper; some, unfortunately, drawn right on the walls). I write novels for fun, often typing or editing my work with one hand while I'm rocking my baby. My children have also started writing novels for fun, and they are fantastic little editors, reading my work and give me feedback, correcting errors, and generally rejoicing in the creative process together. My husband is a professional musician, so I often help him with his work. One time, I even figured out how to make edible kazoos to help him with his job! We've even taken the children on tour with him. (That's always an amazing adventure.) We educate our 5 boys and 1 girl at home. I have created extensive, complete, free online curricula for each of them (and I'm learning how to create web pages so I can post these online for other people to use to educate their children online free, too).
I'm a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and I know it's true. I also know that God knows and loves me, personally. Cascading from that knowledge comes a myriad of blessings--answers to prayers, instruction from ancient and modern day prophets and apostles that point out the road to happiness in a confusing, conflicted world, peace even when things are hard or unhappy, a knowledge of Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior, having the Holy Ghost touch my soul, knowing my family can be together forever. I'm a Mormon because the more I learn, and the more I study from the Bible and other scriptures, the more truth I find in this Church, the closer I feel to God, and the happier I am. I find security, hope, and direction here, and feel an incredible feeling of peace, joy, love, and understanding. Being a Mormon helps me feel closer to God and makes it easier to cling to his love despite the storms of life. It feels like home.
One of the most fulfilling things about being a Mormon is the opportunity to participate in a community of people who believe in God, value family, and feel strongly that being connected in real life is important. In a fascinating web of caring, I have two women assigned to help me and make sure I'm safe and my needs are met; in turn, I am assigned to do the same for three other women. We try to visit each other every month or two, checking in and just sharing time and being connected. It's a wonderful way to find you belong to a community--both to be served and to serve. I also find that going to church every week, I have chances to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, and generally feel like I belong somewhere, that someone cares, and that I have a chance to be an important part of a group of people. This is especially valuable to me since we live a hundreds of miles from family. Without the community of Mormons, we'd be very isolated and lonely. As it is, we are surrounded all the time by people to love.