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Hi I'm Becky

I'm a stay-at-home Mom of five. I live 2000 miles away from my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of six children. Five boys and one girl. I have five brothers and one step-brother, no sisters. My Mother has four brothers, no sisters. We seem to have some trend going here. I didn't expect that my first child would be a girl because all I knew was boys, but I am so glad to have some female influence in the house full of boys. And she can be a huge help to me when she is in the right mood. My kids keep me busy, I am blessed to be able to stay home and raise them. I am so grateful for this blessing because I would hate to miss all the precious little moments that come so randomly throughout my day. Like my 20 month old dressed in a towel cape and underwear crown, his outfit of the week. I also enjoy baking, but it is a love hate relationship. Because I seem to also be working hard to get my pre-baby body back and cookies don't help much in that goal. But my kids love the cookies. I also love to read. When my kids were little, I took many trips to the library and we went through hundreds of picture books, now it is fun to watch the older kids read picture books to their younger siblings, and my husband and I love reading the novels that the older kids are reading. Amazingly enough, my husband likes reading what our oldest boy is reading and I like reading what my daughter is reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church, by parents who had strong testimonies of the the truth of the gospel. As a teenager and especially in my early college years I had to fight hard to find my own testimony. It was important to me to have a testimony of my own and not just believe the traditions of my ancestors. I had to rely on the same promise Joseph Smith read before he prayed. I had to ask God. I never got a heavenly visitation in physical form, but throughout my life I have received numerous manifestations in the spiritual form that fill my soul with warmth and love that I know the Spirit is witnessing the truth of the things I have been taught and continue to learn. And every time my testimony wanes and I doubt I go back to those memories of that feeling that I am in Christ's loving embrace that warms me and lets me know who I am, that He loves me, and that I am where He wants me to be, doing what He wants me to do. Because I have had these experiences I want to try every day to follow in His Footsteps, to become more like Him. I am so grateful for the many ways the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints helps me to know, understand and grow closer to my Savior and Redeemer.

How I live my faith

I think one of the coolest things about being Mormon is our lay leadership and the opportunities for volunteer service. The opportunities I have had to serve in the church have taught me so much about myself and have helped me gain and improve my leadership skills. I have really enjoyed my many years teaching the children on Sundays. I also have enjoyed my experiences working with the Cub Scouts. I also got to serve as a Food Storage Specialist and had the women in the congregation sample different recipes as well as different brands of Food Storage items. I had a fun time when I was asked to organize a weekly Spotlight of the women in the congregation. I think the best gift are the friendships I have built through my service. As the youth and children grow up it is so fun to watch them especially after I have bonded with them and gotten to really know them. I still have friends from the youth I taught when I was first married. Who are now mothers and raising their own families. Now I am gaining friends from my Cub Scouts as they are soon to graduate from High School and some are leaving on missions. Some of my best friends I have met by making monthly visits to women that attend our congregation. Often times these are not women I would have thought would have been my friends but through our sharing of life experiences and gospel knowledge we have bonded in an intimate way that could not be accomplished any other way.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Becky
We believe that we cannot be saved without Grace. Without the Lord's help we will not qualify for the blessings of heaven. But we also believe that Faith is built step by step, line upon line, precept on precept. In order to build that Faith we follow Christ's command and plea to "Come Follow Me" so we strive to follow in His footsteps. By trying to be like Him, we get to know Him and we increase our Faith. Our works are an outward reflection of that inner faith, they also help us build our faith. At times when our Faith is weak, we serve and our Faith grows. Our service is not to get us a ticket into heaven, or to build some unseen kingdom in the after life. We serve because we love him and because we love him we follow his admonition to "feed my sheep". But we know that this service is not enough for us to "dwell in the presence of God" we must be saved by the grace of the Holy Messiah. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Becky
We are asked to dress modestly in all situations including Sunday. It shows Reverence and Respect when we dress in more formal attire. On Sundays women and girls wear dresses, and dress shoes. Men and youth often wear white dress shirts (especially if they are officiating in ordinances of the Priesthood) and ties with slacks (sometimes khaki pants) or suits. Boys sometimes follow the example of their Fathers but sometimes they just wear button up shirts, polos or sweaters with slacks or khakis and dress shoes. We celebrate the standard American holidays (at least in America). Our family tries to not let the Paganism of some holidays overshadow the sacredness of the events we are celebrating. Not all Mormon's celebrate Easter and Christmas the same way. Some are more formal and some are more relaxed. In our family we try to have a balance. But on Easter we make the distinction by having an egg hunt on Saturday, leaving Sunday for a day to remember our Savior. On Christmas we have a more Christ centered activity on Christmas Eve as we reenact the Nativity and sing Christmas Hymns and read from the scriptures. We also sometimes add a talent show to the mix. There are even differences of opinion as to how to celebrate Halloween when it falls on a Sunday, as I learned last year. One of the great things about the Church is it does not command us in all things. We are taught to seek guidance and personal revelation from the Spirit as to what will be best for our family. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Becky
Our tithing is used to help build churches, temples, help run the organizations of the church, pays for Higher Education Schools such as BYU. Most importantly our tithing brings us greater blessings than we thought possible. The scriptures promise us that a blessing will be poured out that there will not be room enough to receive it. I have seen that many times as a child and as an adult so we pay our tithing faithfully without question. There are times that I have wondered how we would be have sufficient to pay our tithing, but always there is a way provided that we are able to pay without undue stress to our family. Show more Show less