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Hi I'm Rebecca

I'm a wife and mom. I live with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

In my sophomore year of college, I started having severe pains in my legs and feet. Within months, the pains traveled throughout my entire body. Simple tasks like walking to campus, getting dressed in the morning, and driving a car became painful, and at times, impossible. With the help of wonderful doctors and medication, I am able to function most of the time. I look like any "normal" person on the outside, but I still suffer physical pain daily.

Why I am a Mormon

It's easy at times to wonder what the purpose of all this suffering is. That is when my testimony takes over. Knowing that there is life beyond this one gives me hope. Knowing that I have a Savior that has suffered everything I have and infinitely more fills me with gratitude for the life I've been given. When I focus on my family and all the blessings I have, I know that my Heavenly Father wants me to be happy.

How I live my faith

Our family goes to church every Sunday. My son goes to a children's class where he learns that Jesus loves him. We read and study the scriptures. We learn what the prophets have said and what our prophet today is saying. We get to meet other families like us that have struggles, but want to follow the Savior. Throughout the week, we have family scripture study and prayer. We openly talk about our blessings. We only let music and movies into our home that allow us to feel the Holy Spirit. We make mistakes, but we always try to do better.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Rebecca
Church members pay tithing. That means we give 10% of our increase back to the Lord. The funds are used to build churches and temples throughout the world and for humanitarian aid. People everywhere can be blessed by the small amount we give. One Sunday a month is Fast Sunday. As members of our local ward, we go without food and water for 24 hours and give what money we would have used for those meals to our Bishop. He uses that money to help the individuals and families in our neighborhoods that are in immediate need of assistance with food, clothing, or shelter. He also asks that those who receive assistance find a way to serve someone else in return. Show more Show less