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Hi I'm Becc

I'm a stay-at-home Mum. I'm Tasmanian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Adelaide, South Australia, but I have lived in Tasmania since I was six, so I consider myself a Tasmanian. I studied Psychology and German at university, and would love to go back to uni one day to study more. At the moment, though, I have the best job in the world - I am a stay-at-home mum of two beautiful children. The things that bring me the most joy are my family, the beauty of the world around me, music, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents, so I've been in the Church my whole life. My dad is 4th generation Mormon, and my mum joined the Church when she was 19. My mum has always emphasised to me the difference between learning things intellectually and learning things spiritually. I always accepted that the Church was true, but I had friends as a teenager who made me question whether I really believed it or whether I had just been brainwashed. I knew a lot about the Gospel intellectually, but it was time for me to learn it spiritually, and find out for myself if it was true. I was reading the account of Joseph Smith's First Vision, when he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, and a feeling came over me that was so powerful and indescribable that I knew that it was true. Since then, there have been many occasions when the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me the truth of other teachings of this church. I have also come to understand that, through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven of the many things I do wrong and be worthy to live with Him again. The power of the Atonement helps to relieve my feelings of pain and sadness; it has healed me of sickness and heartbreak; it enables me to do things that I cannot do on my own, even that's just controlling my anger when the kids misbehave. I feel this power over and over, every day of my life, and because of it, I have peace and joy, even through the hardest times in life. Jesus Christ makes life possible - and great!

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ and His gospel influences everything I do. Because of this church, I understand that my existence is not limited to my birth and death, but that I lived before this life and will continue to live when I pass on from this life. This gives me an eternal perspective that helps me make decisions every day that will be beneficial for myself and others now, and in the near and distant future. This can be as simple as what to eat - because my body is a gift from God that I should look after - or as drastic as who to marry or if/when to have children. And because I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and that Jesus Christ suffered and died for me, I want to do everything I can to show my love for them. I'm really bad at making big decisions by myself, so I'm really grateful that I can have the guidance of the Holy Ghost to help me every day to know what the best things to do are. An important part of showing my faith in and love for God is the service that I give to others. I am currently the president of the Relief Society (our church's organisation for women) in my local congregation, which means that I am responsible for ensuring that all the sisters here receive the spiritual nurturing and emotional support that they need, as well as working with the Bishop to coordinate the welfare efforts in our congregation. The second great commandment is to love one another, and as I serve my sisters in the church, my love for them grows.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Becc
 We believe that men and women are equal, but that doesn't mean all our roles are exactly the same. There are inherent differences between men and women, and we each have responsibilities that correspond with our nature. Mormon women recognise our natural tendency to be nurturers and our responsibility to bear and raise children. We strive to fulfil these roles as well as possible, which is why a lot of Mormon women are stay-at-home mums. Mormon men are taught to respect women as daughters of God, and we are taught to respect ourselves the same way. Show more Show less