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Hi I'm Beth

I am a grad student working on a PhD and studying plant disease.

About Me

About a year ago I moved to Los Angeles with my husband so he could begin a PhD program in sociology at UCLA. Shortly after I began working on a PhD in plant pathology. I'm currently studying HLB, which is a citrus disease caused by a bacteria. My husband studies immigration. We love the weather in southern California but sometimes we miss mountains and snow - and especially our families, who are still in Utah. I spend most of my time doing research and homework and driving to and from school, but when I can spare time I love to experiment in the kitchen with new recipes (I have a wicked sweet tooth and a partiality for Indian and Thai food) or crochet while listening to an audiobook. My husband is trying to turn me into a runner. The transformation has been slow and painful, but I've reached the point where I kind of like it (sometimes). I want to go to Scotland. That's one of my longest-lasting and fondest dreams. The opportunity hasn't come up yet, but I am getting close! I want to do family history research there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, so I have lived and accepted the doctrines and principles of the church since I was little. It's hard to say when it became MY faith and not my parent's faith. I think little by little we all come to recognize where we stand in our beliefs and whether or not we know for ourselves that it is true. Piece by piece the puzzle has come together, and all my life my faith in Christ has been built up and supported by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My greatest joys in life are a direct result of the church's influence - from my family life, to my work, to the way I interact with people. The values of the church are a protection in this day. And I am so happy with everything I believe! I love knowing that I am a child of God. I love knowing why I am on this earth and having a way to understand what I can do to make it the best experience I can. I want to follow Jesus Christ's example and help others to do the same.

How I live my faith

Right now I am part of a congregation of UCLA students. There is a very small group of children in our ward, and I have the assignment of playing piano for them during church. We play games and learn songs that teach us about Christ and His love for us. It's one of my favorite parts of the week. It's hard to make time to worship during the week with school, but I try to study each day from the scriptures and set goals to serve and love others more fully. I think if we can learn to worship every moment - in our thoughts and in how we treat others - then we will find peace and joy.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

It is a powerful testament of Christ's divine mission--of the Atonement and the resurrection. The Bible gives voice to prophets and followers of Christ. Their experiences can teach and aid us in these days as we struggle with our own trials and seek to better serve Heavenly Father. The Bible proclaims Heavenly Father's commandments and testifies of the purposes of this church. The Bible also testifies of and supports the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

As members, our greatest joy is to testify of the powerful strength of this church. As we share our faith and our experiences with others, we give each other hope and convey a spirit of unity and love. A Mormon's testimony is his conviction and his strength. Our testimonies are individual and give voice to our personal experiences and trials, while still testifying of the singularity and truth of the gospel that drives each of us.  Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Because God has commanded us to since the beginning. There are multiple accounts in the Bible where men of God have paid forth a tenth of what they have. This is one way we show our faith to our Heavenly Father and our commitment to His church. By obeying this commandment we show our trust in Him and allow Him to bless us in return. The funds enable the church to grow and spread to others, and bless each of the members through the buildings and programs we utilize every week. Obeying the law of tithing has blessed my life immensely. Despite financial strain, my family has always had stability and strength because of our obedience to this commandment. Show more Show less