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Hi I'm Betsy

I'm a full-time employee I'm a student I have trichotillomania and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a Junior, going into Community Health. I'm from Orange County, CA. I love cars and working with my hands. Growing up, I learned how to do small repairs here & there - which I love doing! There are so many more things I love - all the way from going to car shows & football games to knitting & sewing. When I was 6 I started pulling out my hair. There was not much known about Trichotillomania, at that time. I was able to hide my bald spots for quite some time. This year, I have made some drastic changes. Only through God's help & the knowledge of His love for me, have I been able to stop. Though this process is ongoing - I now have a knowledge of what it is like to have an addiction. The recovery starts at one minute at a time to one hour to one day to one week & so on. I hope to say, one day, that I am a survivor & until then, I will still be relying on God's help to pull me through.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a very logical person. I like things that just make sense. Also, I need to be able to not only have my mind know something is right - but feel it as well. As I was looking for a religion or church to start going to - I went to almost everything. The only criteria I had was I believed in a higher power. As I went from church to church to church - nothing made much sense. There were questions I had that couldn't be answered. I read books & prayed to a God that I didn't even know much about. Thankfully, a very good friend was there when I didn't know where else to turn. I knew she was Mormon & I didn't believe that it was a church that I wanted to look into (having been baptized as a child & not beling a part of the church for quite sometime). We talked a lot & hung out a lot & she never talked about the Mormon faith, unless I asked about it - which I almost never did. When I was about to give up hope on ever finding a religion that I liked & that I could feel close to God - my friend took me to a class at the Institue of Religion. It wasn't until that time that I had an overwhelming feeling - almost impossible to describe. I was sitting out in the hallway (I absolutley did not want to be in the class with a bunch of Mormons talking about something I thought I didn't belive in). It's amazing, but the feeling wouldn't leave. I felt impressed to go into the classroom where my friend was. Which I fought for a good 20 mintues; but, I couldn't shake it. I went into the class & that feeling that I had in the hallway only intensified. I had never felt anything like it before. That evening, my parents & I had gotten into a fight & they had left for the evening. I went into my dad's study & read the Book of Mormon for the 1st time in about 10 years. I read about 30 pages or so & I felt like an emotional wreck. I had been crying & this feeling came over me like never before. It was the first time anything made sense to me. Things began to be clearer. I started going to church again & it only solidified what I had felt that night. From that night, where I started to believe, I began to learn & read anything I could get my hands on. That was about 13 years ago. I can say now, that I know that this church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the true chuch of God. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I know that, as difficult as it may be, Jesus died for my sins & everyone else's too. I know that my relationship with Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ has only gotten better since that fateful night. While I'm not proud of the things I did as a child, I'm glad that they brought me to a point in my life where I know who I am & where I'm going. I know of God's love for His children & that it includes me. I'm thankful every day that I was not forgotten, when I went astray; and, that He loves me, despite my imperfections.

How I live my faith

I believe everyone has a right to believe what they want. My main criteria is to allow other people that right. I know, for myself, that if something is brought up & I don't want to hear it - I shut down. I think that's why I was able to know of God. My good friend never pressed the issue, ever - but she was there when I needed her. Another thing I believe in, is treating others like I want to be treated. Having respect for others & not forcing them to do what I think they should do. I'm imprefect - but I do try to do my best & when I fail, I just make sure to get up again & try harder the next time.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. Joseph Smith was a great man & the first prophet of our Church; but, we don't "worship" him. In fact, it was about a year, after rejoining the Mormon faith, that I gained a testimony of Joseph Smith being a prophet. It seemed so strange to have a 14year old boy be directed by an angel & given insturction on building this church. I thought on that for a long time. How is this possible & why him? why a 14 year old? I remember being 14 & I was not the brightest crayon in the box....was it possible that he made anything up? Then, one day, I remember thinking that I knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God - and if that's true - Joseph was the one who translated it - so that would mean that he would have had to have had some type of prophetic calling. Then, I was conflicted, again, thinking that he had such little schooling & how is it possible. At that time, I had an impression that maybe 14 years old is the perfect age. It's the age where we start questioning our parents. It's the age where we start questioning the world. If he had been any younger - he would have likely not questioned a thing - but would have believed his parents. If he had been older - he might have either been content with his parent's beliefs or his peers. If he was much older - or an adult, he might have had not the best of intentions. The book of Mormon was written on gold pates. If you have a family struggling to survive & you're an adult who is shown where they are - I would think that there would be too much tempation to sell them or use them for popularity in the world & not have God's intrest at heart. That was the moment I first have a belief that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I started reading more about him & I can say, now, that I know him to be the mouth piece of God - although - he is not God & we don't worship him. We, better yet, revere him - as we do all of our prophets. Show more Show less