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Hi I'm Rebecca

I am a wife, a mother, a Civil Engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For much of high school, I planned on being a psychiatrist. I had a knack for being able to listen to people and help them through problems. I was heading on this course until the summer after my Junior year. The previous summer, my older brother had attended a program at the nearby university called Engineering State. He said I would have fun there and encouraged me to go. As a typical sixteen-year-old girl, I thought of a week with high school students from all over, mostly boys, and decided that it would be tons of fun. I didn’t know that I would fall in love with engineering and change my plans. I ended up going to college and majoring in Engineering. As I went back for my Sophomore year, my mom looked at my schedule and noted that it would be a tough quarter. She said that it would be difficult managing it if I got a boyfriend. Considering the lack of dating in my past, I told her that would not be a problem. I was partially right. I did not get a boyfriend, but by the end of the quarter, I was engaged. We were married in August just before my Junior year and soon found out we were going to have a baby. So, I spent my Junior year expecting, and my Senior year with an infant. Thinking back on that time, I am not sure how it all worked out. It was a difficult but wonderful time. My husband’s work schedule made it so I had the baby during the day. She went to a babysitter during classes, but I had her with me the rest of the time. She came with me to the computer lab and to study group. I even had a professor who hired me as a Research Assistant and told me to bring the baby with me to work. So when it was time to graduate, my sweet little girl walked with me in her own tiny cap and gown. Life has taken a different course than I planned, and I have worked full time consistently since graduation from college. I have been blessed with three more beautiful girls since then. Managing a full time job and family has not been easy, but I have been blessed with a husband who is willing to do whatever it takes to fill in the gaps and with the opportunity to work for companies that value family. They have been flexible with me to allow me to be an active participant in the lives of my children. The gospel of Jesus Christ helps me keep my perspective on all of this. At one point, I was given the opportunity to be groomed as the CEO for an engineering company. I knew that this would mean that I would have to put much more than a full time commitment to work. This was a sacrifice that I was not willing to make. Family always comes first. In making that decision, I gave up some things, but not the things of value. Since then I have been led across the country and back, enjoying the opportunities to meet wonderful people everywhere I go. Now I am working as a City Engineer, possibly the first female to do so in the state. I never meant to be a pioneer for women in engineering. In fact, a career has never been my priority. I have just followed the Holy Spirit in my decisions and tried to stay true to my role as a mother and child of God. Sometimes I feel that I am not being a good enough mom because of the time constraints, and it is easy to get discouraged. Thankfully I have a supportive and loving husband who honors his priesthood responsibilities. In a recent priesthood blessing, I was told to focus more on the things that I am doing and not to stress about the rest. I was also told that my children never have to long for a mom who loves them because they know I do, and they love me too. That meant more to me than anything else that could have been said. Despite all of the messages from the world about having it all through a successful career and such, I know that there are so many more blessings from being a mom. The Proclamation on the Family teaches that the family is ordained of God. I know this is true, and I am forever grateful for the chance to be a mother and have such a wonderful family. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints having ancestors who crossed the plains by wagon and handcart to come to Utah. Even with this strong upbringing, I have a very analytical mind and independent personality, and I had to know for myself. When I was sixteen, I prayed in earnest to know whether or not the church was true. After two weeks and no clear answer, I was very distressed. I felt like I had questioned God's goodness, and He was sad with me and that is why He refused to answer. My mother saw my sadness and tried to find out what was going on. At first, I pulled away, but she followed me to my room. Finding me sobbing on the bed and praying for something, anything. She waited until I was done with my prayer and sweetly comforted me, listening to me about the struggle I was having. She aksed me if I would like my father to give me a priesthood blessing. I very much did. She brought him in, and he gave me a Father's blessing. I do not remember the words, but I remember the peace that I felt. After the blessing, they each gave me a hug and left. I knelt down and prayed again. The peaceful feeling came more forcefully than before, and I felt the Spirit teach me, "You know the church is true, you have always known." After that moment, I have never been able to question the truthfullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored in these Latter Days. I am so happy that I have this understanding. It gives me the courage to stand strong in life and face the challenges that come my way. I am grateful that God did hear my prayer and that He loves me as his daughter.

How I live my faith

My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints affects everything I do in my life. I know that God loves me. I know that He sent me here, and I know that if I follow the example of Jesus Christ, I can return to His presence. We are here not only for our own test, but also to make this world a better place and invite others to follow Jesus' example. He is my Savior, my friend. I want to serve others as He did and I love to testify of the power of His Atonement. It is not only for helping us in the final judgement, but for every day, every moment. He strengthens us in our trials, troubles, sicknesses and weaknesses. He is our advocate with the Father, and we can do anything he asks with His help. He will help and has helped me too many times to count. Life is perfectly crafted for our individual growth and remembering that helps us to be able to endure when the path is particularly hard. Life is wonderful!!!