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Hi I'm Becca

I'm a new mom. I studied journalism and speak Russian. I compete in athletic races with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and studied broadcast journalism in college, after which I served a mission for the LDS Church in Samara, Russia. I then went on to study business in graduate school while I worked at an interfaith center for several years. I love playing soccer, kickboxing, running, playing tennis, hiking, making up workout moves with my baby, and training for athletic races with my husband. We have a goal to complete at least one athletic race each year together and have now completed a triathlon, several 5K's, and a century bike race. I also love to read, write, play the piano and guitar, and practice my Russian with any Russian speakers I can find. My greatest joy comes from the doctrine in our faith that families can be together throughout eternity. I am a relatively new mother to our nine-month-old baby girl and beginning to raise her with my husband has been the ultimate adventure and the most fulfilling privilege I have yet to experience. Knowing that the relationships I forge in this life can last into eternity makes them that much more sacred and important to me as I work to treat people the way Jesus Christ has shown us.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was 17 years old and my mother was raised in the Church. Despite their different backgrounds, both made it very clear to me from the time I was a little girl that the choice to accept the Church as true is exactly that - a choice. They encouraged me to gain my own "testimony," my own conviction, that this is indeed the original Christian church that Christ established on the earth during the New Testament days. They encouraged me to develop my own personal relationship with God and to seek Him directly for answers to my questions and problems. James 1:5 reads "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." I took this counsel very seriously from the time I was young and have asked God directly if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and if He really does love me and know me as an individual. My answer to both questions was a clear and powerful "Yes." As I seek for them and even when I'm not seeking, I experience re-confirmations on a regular basis that this is exactly where God would have me be. Our church certainly doesn't have a monopoly on truth. There are many other faiths that teach beautiful truths and people who exemplify the powerful example of Christ, even when they don't believe in Christ. I love them and I learn from them daily; however, I find the most complete accumulation of truth in this church and am so grateful to be a part of it. Because of my faith, I am better able to love people and see the good in them. I know who I am and why I am here. I feel confident that I am important to God and that He created me to become something wonderful. I am also confident that every person around me is important to God and is meant for wonderful things. Nothing gives me greater joy than understanding that and striving to serve others and be my best self for a loving Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I am a member of the presidency of our Church's women's organization, called the Relief Society, which consists of 170 women in our area. I am responsible for coordinating the lessons that are taught each Sunday, as well as meeting the general needs of all the women, be they physical, spiritual or emotional. As a presidency, we host various service projects for the community, as well as activities designed to serve, uplift and spiritually strengthen those who attend. These activities range from collecting coats and purses for underprivileged women to hosting regular volleyball games. While church service is an important part of how I live my faith, the most important aspect of my life in which I strive to live faithfully is in my personal relationship with God and in my relationship with my family. I think this means putting time into developing a relationship with God through prayer and scripture study. I think it also means putting time into developing loving relationships with family members and striving to serve them and sacrifice for them. Right now in my life, that means cheering my husband on and looking for the very best in him each day. It's being his best friend. It also means experiencing great joy, gratitude and humor in the sacred calling that is mine to change my daughter's poopy diapers every day! I definitely don't do these things as well as I should, but I know that as long as I am trying my best, the Atonement of Jesus Christ can make up for those areas in which I fall short. That is the beauty of Christ's message.