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Hi I'm Beth

I grew up on 20 acres in the middle of nowhere. I'm a children's librarian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a children's librarian and love my job because I get to help and get to know people in my community. I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, eating out, Facebook, playing solitaire and mahjong on my laptop, traveling, scrapbooking, and hanging out with my friends and family. I'm single, in my early 30's, the oldest of five, and recently became an aunt for the first time. I'm lucky to have all my family living close to me, except for my little brother who is on a mission for the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church. My mom made sure my siblings and I always went and participated. My dad was a member of the Church but rarely came. Growing up I was always impressed with my mother's faith and the effort she put into getting 5 children ready for church and keeping us relatively quiet while we were there. I was baptized when I was 8, but really had my faith grow when I was 13 and became active with the young women's group at church. Those girls and leaders helped me survive high school and I am still friends with them to this day. In college, I stopped going to Church. It took 5 years for me to come back and I am so glad I did. Many of the desicions I made while in college brought me a great deal of heartache. Coming back to the church was difficult, but I felt such peace when I was there. I started making good desicions and my life changed for the better. I was in a single's congregation and made some wonderful friends. I also became close to my Savior again. Through the healing powers of the Atonement, I repented, was forgiven of my sins and have had blessings heaped upon me. Going to church every Sunday can still be a struggle for me, but knowing that church is where my Heavenly Father wants me to be and being given the chance to worship Him with others that believe the same way I do, helps me to get out of bed on Sunday mornings. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church. I feel it with my whole being. I know it when I pray, when I attend church and when I hear my fellow church members speak of their experiences.

How I live my faith

As a children's librarian, I get to know a lot of people in my community. I love helping people and inspiring children to read, learn and have fun. It is extra special for me when children from church come to the library. They feel more comfortable in the library when they see a familiar face and like to tell the other kids at church that they know the 'library lady'. Over the years I've had many callings. I've played the piano, lead music, been in the choir, taught Sunday School, and been very involved with the women's organization. I've participated in and planned events to nursing homes and hospitals, cleaned parks, cooked food for the Ronald McDonald House, collected can goods, 'adopted' grandmother's in the congregation, washed cars for free, gone caroling, made baby blankets, visited people with missionaries and provided programs for the women in my congregation to learn new skills, promote healthy lifestyles and remember they are beloved daughters of God. These callings have also made me overcome my shortcomings. I was very shy growing up and extremely afraid of speaking in front of others. When I first started these callings my hands would tremble - not good for playing the piano - and my voice would shake. Slowly, I got more comfortable in front of people, which not only helped me connect with those I was teaching, but helped me in my career too. These callings have brought me closer to my neighbors, fellow church members and my Savior. I love to give of myself, whether it be my time or talents. In the end, both belong to my Heavenly Father and I feel very blessed to be a member of the Church.