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Hi I'm Bethany.

I'm a woman of endless hobbies. I speak Spanish and teach ESL. I keep house for my husband and three little kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on the West Coast, went to college in the Rocky Mountains, and now live in the Mid-West. I am a woman of hobbies. I haven't mastered all of them, but I'm happiest when I'm dabbling in at least one of them. I enjoy biking, exercising, hiking, sailing, swimming, cross-country skiing, playing racquetball, sewing, reading, watching movie trailers, cooking, eating, gardening, making cards, blogging, listening to music, playing the piano or organ, speaking Spanish, teaching ESL, and traveling. My newest hobbies are yoga and tapping maple trees to make maple syrup. I'm always wanting to try new things, so I'm sure that my list of hobbies will continue to grow. Sometimes trying to keep house for my husband and three small kids is a challenge, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born into a family where both of my parents were practicing Latter-day Saints. I can remember stepping stones through my life that helped me chose to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and more stepping stones that helped me stay true to the covenant of baptism. I believe that Jesus Christ lived on the earth 2000+ years ago and that while He was here, He established an organization of people a Church to help them follow Him. I believe that He then took it upon Himself to suffer, bleed, and die for all mankind. I believe that three days later, He rose again. I believe that after His death, His followers did the best they could to continue His established truths, but eventually were killed or lost the way. Those beliefs are important to me because I also believe that Jesus Christ, as a Resurrected Being, appeared, with God the Father, to Joseph Smith to restore the once established organization of His Church. I believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be Christ's Church in this day, and that He communicates with prophets. All these things that I believe to be true are important to me, and I feel like God has communicated the truth of them to me through His Holy Spirit. When I read the Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures, I am again and again reminded of God's love for me. Despite my inability to be a perfect follower of Christ, I still feel loved. Through the Church, I receive a lot of support and additional love. Not only that, but I learn to love others that I might not otherwise brush shoulders with.

How I live my faith

 My father always called me a "ray of sunshine" and a "social butterfly" while my mom warned me about "burning the candle at both ends." Now well into my adult life I'm still friendly, social, and very busy. I feel like a good way to express my faith is through friendly service to others. My husband and I have made it a tradition to invite our neighbors over for dinner on their last day in town you have to understand that we live in University Housing, where we have lost track of how many neighbors we have had in the last four years. We understand how hard it can be to cook dinner when all your pots and pans are packed into boxes, thus our offering of simple service. Since cooking is one of my hobbies, I see it as a wonderful opportunity. Though it isn't something the Church has told us to do, we feel like it follows the Golden Rule and it's a way to live our faith. Another way I like to serve is by playing the organ at Church for meetings, and singing in the Church choir. Singing or playing praises for other people to hear and enjoy makes me happy, while also stretching me. Though music is one of my hobbies, I'm far from professional, so I still get nervous every time I sing or play.