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Hi I'm Rebecca Bates Manwaring

I have a great legacy in my Mormon ancestors. I have 2 brothers and 10 sisters. My husband and I have 7 children.

About Me

I love Jesus Christ. I am a mother of 7 children, all of whom are on their own. We have 6 granddaughters and 4 grandsons. I love life. I love to quilt, and I have made lots of quilts both tied and quilted. I also love baking, sewing, and cooking. I used to jog, now I walk! I love it. I mostly walk for the conversation and learning, and my body tags along! I have been accused of being Pollyanna-ish. I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because I love the teachings of the Gospel. I know that I am a child of God. I know that each person who has ever or does now or will live on the earth is my brother or sister. Each person I meet, including my husband and children have so much potential. I don't see them as they are rignt now, but I look at them as they can be someday. I know that Heavenly Father sees them that way. I know that I can pray, and I know who I am praying to, the omnipotent Father of my spirit. I know that I can repent and learn to do better. I know that my family will be together for eternity. I love the scriptures and I love our living prophet Thomas S. Monson. The advise and counsel he gives makes me and my family happy.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday. I have served in every organization whenever I have been asked, recieving much experience and becoming a mentor to many young people. I know that others are depending on me to be the best that I can. I am trying to be like Jesus. There is no better place to try to be like Jesus and to practice the skills that I have learned than in the Primary, the organization in our church for 18 mos.-12 year olds. At this time, I teach in the Nursery for 40 minutes each Sunday. Our job as teachers is to help children learn the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and live it. The nursery class should help the children increase their understanding of and love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, have positive experiences in a Church setting, and grow in feelings of self-worth. I know that by precept and my example, I can teach these young people that they are children of a loving Heavenly Father, just like I am. I love my children, and I love teaching them to love coming to church and learning about Jesus. I know that Heavenly Father loves me. I take good care of myself including eating right and getting the proper amount of sleep and excersise. I feel like my life is a gift from God and what I do with it is my gift to God.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
It's because the main purpose for this life is to prove that we will be obedient and faithful in any circumstance that we find ourselves in including being a leader in a congregation. We gain faith, learn to trust, learn to endure to the end, learn humility (learning to depend on the Lord for everything we have and are and not lean on our own understanding), learn to serve cheerfully, and a myriad of other things as we serve. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
All men are, for it is a Priesthood obligation when they are 19 years old. He will serve for 2 years. When a woman is 21 years of age, and she does not have immediate prospects for marriage, she can also submit her papers to be able to serve an 18 month mission. There is much preparation that precedes being able to serve, among them a clean bill of health, including teeth, for everyone. The person submitting his request to go has to be Temple Worship worthy. Mature couples are encouraged to serve. They must go through the same demanding regimen as young people. If someones physical or mental health makes it so that they cannot travel, and they really want to serve, they can be called to serve right in their own town, and live at home. But they must still obey mission rules. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
I think that when we have a challenge or problem, and we pray about it but don't get the answer right away that we want and Heavenly Father allows us to struggle, that is when our faith is increasing.   Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
It was revealed to Joseph Smith in 1833 that it was not good to take some substances in to your body long before science proved those things. Section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants is the official law of health for members of the church to follow. It's called the Word of wisdom. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
Mormon Temples are used to perform nessesary Priesthood ordinances that Heavenly Father has asked us to perform while on earth as a sign of our commitment to Him. A person must demonstrate a higher level of worthiness that just your basic member of our church. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
Upstate New York is where Joseph Smith lived when he prayed to God and ended up restoring the original church of Jesus Christ onto the earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
Death is a part of Heavenly Fathers plan of Happiness for us. After we die, our spirits go back to live with Heavenly Father. Our bodies are buried on earth, and our spirits continue our eternal journey to live with Heavenly Father  Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
Tithing from the worldwide membership. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
Pray with a sincere heart. Heavenly father will let you know by the Holy Ghost that it is true. He loves you. He wants you to be happy. If the teachings make you happy, you are already experiencing the Holy Ghost confirming to you the truthfulness of this Gospel. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
Because the Lord commanded it. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Rebecca Bates Manwaring
I grew up in the church, attended Primary, was baptized at the age of 8, attended Young Women's, and had graduated from seminary. I was married in the Temple, all because I knew it was right, it was expected of me, and everyone else was doing it. These things all made me, my teachers and parents very happy. I think that was faith. But I never really gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel until I had been married for 28 years. I had 7 children ranging in ages from 5-17. I had come this far in my life relying on the testimonies of my leaders and teachers and parents. It was after I was married for 28 years and I was 40 years old, that I read the Book of Mormon with the intent of gaining a testimony of my own. In the Book of Moroni who was an ancient prophet who wrote in the Book of Mormon says in the book of Moroni, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father in the name of Christ, if these things are not true..." Now I know that the church is true, that it is lead by a living prophet, and that this church or kingdom of God on Earth was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that God is the Father of my Salvation, and He loves me and wants me and my family to be happy. Show more Show less