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Hi I'm Beth

I am a mom of six children. I am a Registered Nurse. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 48 year old mom of 6. I have been married for 25 years and our family lives in North Carolina. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since 1986. I love to crochet and sew but don't have too much time for either. I also love to read. I work as a nurse doing private duty home health care for children. Over my life, I have been really lucky and have been able to live in many interesting places. When I was young, we lived in France for a year because of my dad's work. As an adult, my husband and I lived in Japan for a year teaching English, Costa Rica for 5 months during his internship for his Masters in International Business and in Mexico for 5 years after his graduate school ended. I love learning about other cultures and enjoy learning other languages. I wish we had the chance to continue exploring the world but we have been trying to stay in one place for our children and have been in North Carolina for the past 15 years. I love going to the beach every summer. My only gripe with NC is that we don't get enough snow. I grew up in New Jersey and we got some great snow there! We would go skiing every winter while I was growing up, which I love. I can't say that I am a very technologically minded person but I do love my new smart phone! GPS is an amazing thing! I currently have a daughter who is on a mission in Utah and my oldest son is in the Marines. I still have 4 kids at home and my husband and I feel very blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up I belonged to another church. I felt from a young age that something was missing in the way I saw people around me worshiping. In college, I started investigating different churches. From reading the Bible, I felt that Christ's church would be a way of life. It would not just be a place you went to on Sunday. Also, it would be a church that had been tested by opposition, which this church definitely has. I felt that it would be a church that could answer some of the age old questions that had plagued people I had talked to, such as, "What happens to people in the next life if they never get the chance to hear about Jesus in this life?" or What happens to babies who die before they get baptized? Are we still married in the next life to our spouses or are we just angels who recognize each other as having been married? All these questions and more are answered by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I learned about this church and found out that Heavenly Father has provided those answers and I learned about how organized this church is and how families can be together forever, I knew I needed to find out more about it. I learned that Heavenly Father really does keep His promises. He promised in the Bible that He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. I used to ask people, "Doesn't that mean that if He spoke to Prophets in times of old that He should speak to Prophets today?" They would tell me no. Then I found out that there is a living Prophet on the Earth and that Heavenly Father does indeed communicate through him. Heavenly Father loves us, His children. He established His church on the Earth through Christ when Jesus was alive. He re-established His church through Joseph Smith in 1830 and it continues today. I am so thankful to be a member of this church. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am very grateful for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Church is not just a place we go on Sunday, it is a lifestyle based around the Gospel and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. This lifestyle promotes strong families and strong family values, reading the scriptures daily, daily prayer to Heavenly Father, avoidance of addictive habits and substances which could be harmful emothionally, physically or spiritually. We members of this church are like a huge family. We look out for each other and our friends who are not members of this church. Within the church we do this through programs of assigned visiting called Visiting Teaching, for the women or through Home Teaching, where the men visit with the whole family to make sure needs are being met. We have Youth groups for teens called Young Men or Young Women for those 12 to 18.My calling in church is the President of the Women's group, called the Relief Society. Of all the callings I have every had in the church, this is the one calling that I feel like I am giving of myself in every way: my time, my energy and my love and service to others. I feel like I am trying to be more like Jesus Christ when I am reaching out to others and trying to help them. Some people look at our church and think that the rules that we live by are very restrictive but I see the guidance we are given as protection. Because we don't drink alcohol, I don't have to worry about drunkenness in our home. The same can be said for so many other destructive behaviors we avoid. By reading my scriptures everyday, I can receive the spiritual guidance from my loving Father in Heaven, through His words and through inspiration from the Holy Ghost. My children are wonderful, moral people who try to do their best. They may fight like all other children but because of the things they learn about the Gospel, they try to do better next time and they are just really good kids! (not that I am biased or anything! :)