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Hi I'm Beth

I'm a wife and mother, a fiber artist, and a black belt. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent time in a lot of places while I was growing up. At one point or another, I've lived in New York, Texas, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, and I've visited even more places. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from a prestigious university. I had spent all my college career expecting to be a professional in my field, but shortly before I graduated I met a guy...and I decided to marry him. I had a few opportunities to work in my field; a few fell through, and a some I declined. I knew I wanted to have a family, and have my family be my primary focus. I also knew I didn't want to have to fight for that elusive, "Work/ Life Balance." Today, after nine years of marriage, I spend my day looking after two little boys and a girl. I think of myself as so much more than "just a stay at home mom." My interests are many and varied. I knit with yarn I make myself on my spinning wheel. I make tatted lace. I have a garden. I earned my black belt in Karate in March 2014. I am currently educating my oldest child at home. I completed the Nanowrimo challenge in 2010 and in 2014. I used to think that I had to continue to aspire to be something else, by going back to school, or developing some other "real" career. I used to agonize over it. But today I am happy where I am. I have grown so much in the nine years I've been married, and I see the potential for even more personal growth. My family has not been a hindrance to my development, but my greatest asset.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church. Nearly everyone in my family is Mormon. My ancestors were amongst the first pioneers who settled in Utah in the late 1840s. I choose to continue in my faith because I sincerely believe the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to be true. The standards of the Church may seem difficult or "unrealistic" to some, but abiding by the principles of the Gospel has brought nothing but peace and happiness to my life. There may be some who say that since I was raised in the Church, I have no frame of reference by which to compare other religions, or that perhaps I am just blindly following the traditions of my parents. Neither of these statements are true. I have encountered people from diverse cultures and religions over the course of my travels. While I developed a good level of understanding as well as a deep respect for other faiths and those who follow them, I still believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only church on the earth that has the complete truthfulness of the Gospel. I came to this conclusion wholly on my own, through prayer and personal study. The people in my family are scientists. One grandfather was a nuclear physicist, the other worked on the Saturn V rocket. My dad is a geologist. My mom does differential equations for fun. We like to know WHY. The doctrines of the Church tell us WHY: WHY are we here, WHY does it matter whether we are good or bad, WHY was the earth even created. The Gospel has answers to all these questions, and that kind of knowledge is empowering. It's a solid guide that keeps me grounded in a turbulent world. I want my three chidlren to have that same kind of anchor when they are adults. Not only is my faith central to how I see the world and interact with it, it is a spiritual heritage that I am immensely proud of.

How I live my faith

I've had many callings through the years, but I have to admit that I haven't felt that I've done a truly fantastic job at any of them. I have worked in the nursery, as a Cub Scout Den Leader, as the Primary Secretary, and as the Ward Bulletin coordinator, among other things. Currently I work with the 9-11 year old girls in my ward as their Activity Days Leader. In the spirit of total honesty, I have not felt wholly qualified to be "the best ever" at fulfilling any of these; If my talents are "A, B, and C," then some of these callings have required talents, "E, F, and G." That said, I try not to let that stop me. I believe in the mission of the Church, and I believe it is important for each of us to work towards the common goal of building a meaningful religious community. I might not have been the best ever Cub Scout Den Leader that ever was, but I worked hard at it. There are great spiritual blessings to be had in making sacrifices. I have a deep testimony of the power of fasting, prayer, and temple attendance. These blessings have been real and quantifiable in my life.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No, Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith, any more than Muslims worship Muhammad or Catholics worship the Pope. We revere Joseph Smith as a great prophet, but he was just a mortal man like the rest of us. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing is used to build Temples and meeting houses all over the world, to fund the missionary program, and to create, develop, and maintain church materials, like the website lds.org. All materials from Sunday School curricula are available on this website, as well as the LDS scriptures and archives of church magazines and General Conferences. Show more Show less