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Hi I'm Bekalyn

I grew up in CA, IL and UT. I'm a free-lance artist and lease abstracter, but most importantly a wife and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an artist with over 31 years of experience in the art field. I love sculpture and acrylic paint, but I have worked in watercolors, oil paints, Prismacolors (colored pencils), woodcarving, quilting, embroidery, murals and sidewalk chalk. I have lived many places and love learning about other languages and cultures. I am currently learning Korean and Mandarin. I speak French and some Spanish, German, Japanese, Hungarian, Russian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Italian and Hawaiian. I love to cook and create my own recipes. A few of my favorite recipes are the Ultimate German Chocolate Cake, Blackberry tarts, Everything Lasagna, WW Pizza and Baked Alaska. My mom said I should be a food columnist because I can make anyone hungry when I start talking about food. I have Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which makes having children very difficult. I have great sister-in-laws who helped me learn about my condition. Now I have two cuddly children.

Why I am a Mormon

People call us "Mormons" because we use the Book of Mormon as well as the Holy Bible as scripture. The real name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When I was deciding about baptism, I felt a strong feeling in my heart that this is the true church of Jesus Christ and He wanted me to join it.

How I live my faith

I am currently painting all the 141 operating LDS Temples. I am on temple # 15. I know that the temple is the House of God and that because I was married there I can be with my family forever. I teach Nursery (ages 18 months to 4 yrs old) lessons about Christ and his teachings on Sunday. I also visit four of the other women in our local congregation as part of the visiting teaching program. Giving this volunteer service helps me to get outside of myself and learn about others. Studying for the lessons on Sunday helps me learn more about Jesus. Being a Mormon also means I don't swear, drink alcohol, or smoke or take drugs. I try to be a good neighbor and friend to those around me.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Bekalyn
One historian of a different religion who did not believe in our religion wrote that the pioneer Mormon women are incredible. Our church leaders feel the same way today. Our church has a song "As Sisters in Zion" which states: "the errand of angels is given to women." What a huge responsibility! We believe that men and women have different roles but are equal as sons and daughters of God. As a women, I love being a member of the Church provided largest women's organization in the world: the Relief Society. We watch over every woman in the church and have the ability to mobilize in times of need to provide clothing, food, comfort, caring for those close to us and in countries far away. I have knitted leper bandages, quilted blankets for refugees in Kosovo, made hygiene kits, and sent my husband to Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to clean up after hurricanes and tornadoes. I taught English to refugees in Canada and sorted food at the Church's welfare headquarters in Salt Lake City. I have volunteered at homeless shelter schools, sang at nursing homes and raked the leaves at an elderly widow's home. Being a daughter of God, with His help I can do anything, and that is incredible! Show more Show less