Hi I'm Rebecca
I am a school social worker. I love hiking the mountains, camping, painting watercolors, singing in my car, and playing the piano. I love to read books. I like cooking new things. I speak Italian and Spanish because I lived in Europe for a couple of years. I love getting to know people from different cultures and really love watching old funny movies.
Why I am a Mormon
I'm a Mormon because I choose to be. My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ from a young age but I remain in this church because I know for myself it is true. I read the Book of Mormon before I was eight years old and I know it's true. I know God answers my prayers and He is real. He has answered so many of my prayers that I could never doubt it. I also have a very strong belief that my Savior truly gave His life for me and suffered not only my sins but also my pains, sicknesses, sorrows, and hard/sad moments in life (see Alma 7:11-13 in the Book of Mormon).
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
Sometimes my prayers are answered "Yes" and sometimes "No" or "not yet". The majority of the time I feel like my prayers are answered as an "It's up to you, I trust you". I know God has sent me these answers in many ways. Some people have dreams/visions but most of the time I get my answers through the Holy Ghost. Sometimes it's a clear warning or persistent thoughts in my head or strong undeniable feelings. Sometimes it just feels right and then the more I follow my decision, I look back and realize it was the right thing to do. It's a lot easier for my to describe when the answer is "no" or "don't go there"... because it's like this big feeling of dread, uneasiness, uncertainty and I double guess/doubt myself more often. Other people have also answered my prayers. I read in the scriptures every day and sometimes it's as if God is speaking directly to me through them. I have also had people randomly visit or say things that have changed my perspective, prepared my for something God has in mind, or helped me find my way.
How I live my faith
I live my faith in my actions towards others and the way I treat them. I know we are all God's children and He loves all of us. I try to follow my Savior's example in everything I do. I reach out to those around me and serve my community through various service projects. I'm currently volunteering with a group of kids teaching an art class that is a lot of fun. Right now, I volunteer as an usher in a new temple (house of God) that hasn't been dedicated yet- so anyone can visit. I also volunteer in my ward (local congregation) as the "Strengthening Committee Co-Chair" by helping members become self-reliant physically, mentally, and spiritually. I've organized speakers/presenters to help ward members with emergency preparedness and other various topics. In the past I have volunteered helping young women, babysitting, playing the piano, canning food, quilting, singing in choir, etc. I also enjoy visiting teaching-meaning I visit a couple of sisters monthly to learn from them, serve them, and share our faith with each other. I attend church meetings weekly to partake of the sacrament, remember my Savior, and renew the promises I made when I was baptized. I also follow the prophet's teachings and love listening to him and the modern apostles speak during General Conference (broadcasted worldwide twice a year). I trust in God and know that He guides me when I turn to Him in prayer.