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Hi I'm Beverly

I'm a Full-Time working mom, married to a stay-at-home dad, and best friend to my 4 year old son... oh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho, but currently live with my husband, our 4 year old son, our pug puppy, and our crazy kitten in Georgia. I am thankful every day for my beautiful eternal family. My husband and I met while he was serving his mission in Georgia. He is from Utah and his family still lives there. My family lives in our town, and I don't know what I would do without them. I'm a college graduate with a BS in Psychology, and I work as a Recruiting Coordinator for a government contract recruiting firm in Atlanta. One day, I hope to return to school for a Nursing degree and hope to dedicate my life to loving and helping people. I am the first person in my family that has graduated from college. I am a strong and motivated Latino woman. My mom's side of the family is from Honduras, and I am very involved in the Latin American culture. I am a violinist and love to express myself through music. I'm a tough and open-minded individual. I identify as a feminist, and really have personal beliefs that press the boundaries of "normal Mormon" subculture. I believe we are all different! Life would be boring if we all were the same.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because no other religions have ever made sense to me. I was born into the church and baptized at the age of 9 years old. I was inactive from age 12 to 20. I grew up in the church, but I had made the decision to fall away from it. There came a point in my life where I felt the Holy Ghost acknowledge me and my mistakes. I knew I had to make a change in my life....something had been missing all those years. I focused on making myself feel worthy of being able to feel the Holy Ghost's presence in my life. I aligned my life with the path the the Lord would have me take and I began to focus my attention on strengthening my family relationships. My family then lost a very special member. My cousin Michael had passed away through suicide. Mikey and I had grown up together and had recently started to become very close. Mikey had been a very strong member of the church, and he was encouraging me to go back to my roots. His boisterous laugh always made me remember that in times of need I could think of him and smile. For a long time, I was so angry. In the deepest darkest of grieving moments I remembered the gospel and knew what I had to do. I had to turn my life to God. I promised myself and him that I would return to church so that I could understand what "eternal families" meant. I know that one day I'll see him again. He will be there with me! The Lord knows who I am, and He knew exactly what I needed during my times of sadness and grief. I am a Mormon because my family means everything to me, and knowing that we can be together forever is my favorite part of the gospel. I know my Father in Heaven has a plan for me and my loved ones. I trust in Him fully and completely. I know that my purpose in life will be fulfilled if I focus on the gospel. There is nothing I love more. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and he sacrificed his life so that I may have eternal life with my family. I know that if you are seeking answers, this gospel has them.

How I live my faith

Right now, I live my faith my keeping my covenants with the Lord and making sure my family is focused on the gospel. I make sure my husband and I do everything we can to open our relationship to the Lord. I strive hard to make sure my son knows his parents and his Heavenly Parents love him. We are nothing without this belief.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Beverly
The Mormon lifestyle is not much different from everyone else's! We do, however, have a set of morals that we believe in and there are things in the world that we feel the need to stay away from. These things include: alcohol, drugs, tabacco, coffee, non-herbal tea, engaging in intimacy before marriage, stealing, cussing, and lying. I will be honest with you though, even though I believe in our moral standards to the fullest, it is not easy to stay away from such temptations. It is so easy to live of the world, instead of simply in it. It takes strength to stay away from harmful things or situations...and I know that by myself, I am not strong enough to do it. However, when I allow my Savior and my Heavenly Father to guide me to the things that I must do -- it is then and only then that my lifestyle fits smoothly. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Beverly
Wow, that's a hard question. When I was a child, I knew there was a God when my mom lost her drivers license during a trip to Disney World and my whole family prayed to find it so we could all board our flight the next day. My testimony grew, as a 10 year old, when it miraculously appeared tucked into the windshield wiper of our rental car back at the hotel we were staying at. This seems silly, but at that moment in time...it was God helping our family. Now that I'm older, my testimony of Heavenly Father grows with every answered prayer, big or small. You know those times when you feel warmth and happiness in knowing you were in the right place at the right time, for one reason or another? For me, those times are the moments I know without a doubt that there is a God. My knowledge of Him grows as I read my scriptures and pray daily. I feel His presence in my life during times of trial, and that is when I know that He loves me and knows me like no one else can. He is real. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Beverly
Absolutely! A man and woman, if joined by the proper authority, can be together forever. The beauty of this life is that you never have to leave your loved ones. You truly don't. I know this by experience. You see, my husband and I were sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple and in our promises (or covenants) to ourselves and to Heavenly Father we were able to be sealed together as a family unit for "time and all eternity". Our sealing together builds a foundation for our future children. As our children are born they will be born under our covenant, and therefore sealed to us for time and all eternity as well. Our family will be a forever family, so long as we keep the many covenants we have made with the Lord. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Beverly
Pray for answers. Open your mind to the Holy Ghost and invite Him to testify to you. I promise you that if you ask earnestly and openly, you will know the truth. Show more Show less