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Hi I'm Beth

I teach school. I coach softball. I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student, knocking on the door of the ever-elusive graduation. I am currently doing student teaching in math and physical education. I also coach the high school softball team. I love to play sports- basketball, soccer, softball, racquetball, hockey, tennis, snowboarding- you name it, I'll probably enjoy it. I love the outdoors. I love camping, hiking, sitting by a campfire, and looking at the stars. I am amazed at the beauty of the earth. I love spending time with friends and family, playing board games, laughing and talking together.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was twelve my parents divorced and shortly thereafter, my mom remarried. My step-dad was a member of the church. We went to church with him and the missionaries came to visit. While I enjoyed their visits, it wasn't until I got on my knees that I found out that what they were teaching was true. I prayed with all my heart. Heavenly Father answered. I knew without a doubt that there was something different about the Mormon church. Most importantly, I realized that God could become an active part of my life. He isn't some unknowable being. He isn't a mystery. He is my Father and He loves me. That is why I am a Mormon. God answers prayers. He continues to answer mine. He will answer yours.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday by the decisions that I make. There are decisions that I make each day in order to live by the teachings of Jesus Christ. I live my faith by keeping His commandments. I also live my faith in the service of others. I serve my fellow man in little ways each day. I help them with the talents that God has given me. I help them understand math problems. I help push their car out of the icy ditch they are stuck in. I listen when they need to talk. I also serve formally in the church as a teacher and as a coordinator of the athletics program. I teach the women of the church about once a month about different gospel principles. I love to teach these women, but I also love the opportunities that I have to learn from them. I also help to coordinate sporting events within our neighborhood. We play basketball and volleyball and occasionally do other activities. We like to have fun, it's part of life. It's a way to bond with one another. It's a fun way to use the bodies that God has so graciously given us.

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

Beth
Mormon women are awesome. They know that they are daughters of God and strive to live as such. They are strong and confident. Mormons believe in the equality of men and women. We understand the word equality perhaps a little differently than the rest of the world does. Growing up, I was a tomboy. I loved playing sports, going camping, and getting dirty. When a boy talked about women being good only for cooking and cleaning I was offended and i slapped him. Then I was introduced to the church. Today, I'm still a bit of a tomboy. I still love playing sports, going camping, and getting dirty. I also, however, am excited to be a mom. I know that that experience will bring me great joy, greater than I can now imagine. I know that Heavenly Father has given me certain gifts to help me in this calling. It is part of my role as a woman to care for my family, to build them up, strengthen them, and comfort them. I do not see this as a putdown, but as a privilege. What a joy to be born a woman into this world, and what a responsibility Heavenly Father has placed on my shoulders. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Beth
A testimony is a statement of truth. It is the sum of experiences that have led us on the path we have chosen. It is a great force in our lives, one that guides our every decision. I know that God lives. I know that I am His daughter, that He is my Father. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that as my Brother, He lived, suffered, died, and was resurrected to save me, and each one of us. I know that His way brings happiness. I know that He wants us to have joy. I know that he knows what is best for each of us, and while I can't see the whole picture, I can trust that He will guide me through this life. I know that He has established His Church again on the earth, just as he did in days of old, with a prophet and twelve apostles. It is this testimony, this statement of what I know is true, that gives me the strength to choose the right each day. It is what gives me the strength to give all that I am to Him and to His sons and daughters around me. It is what makes who I am. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Beth
Being a member of the Church is like being part of a great family. We know that each of us is a child of God, that we are all brothers and sisters, and we treat each other as such. We care for one another. We have fun together. We play games together. We talk with one another. We serve one another. And just like a family, we sometimes offend one another. Life as a member of the church isn't perfect. No life, other than Christ's, was, but we do the best we can with where we are at and strive to work together toward our eternal goals. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It's teachings and the company of my brothers and sisters bring me great joy. Show more Show less