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Hi I'm Bethany

I'm a Canadian living in the US. I'm happily married to a ninja, I sing opera, I love to travel, and I speak Arabic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recently-married Canadian citizen living in the U.S.A. waiting for my greencard. I moved from with part of my family from western Canada to Utah right before my sixteenth bithday, which was most certainly not easy, but I've since adapted and now I'm waiting for my greencard. I love languages and have studied many (Arabic, Spanish, Farsi, French, and Hebrew). I have spent 8 months living in the Middle East (four months in Jerusalem and four in Cairo). I love travelling, history, maps, and I love people. I served as a missionary for the church in Los Angeles for 18 months, and it was one of the most difficult and most rewarding experiences I've had. I'm trying my hand at cooking these days, and I'm realizing I love that too. I sing - opera (something I began 13 years ago) and I play the piano and the guitar (not well). I really enjoy art and making things. I love sewing, and I even made my own wedding dress! One of my dream jobs would be a costume designer for historical films. I can't get enough of the history of clothing. I love reading, and I love being outdoors, especially in sunny weather. Above all else, I love my family. My husband is everything to me, and I can't wait to have little ones of our own. He's a ninja and a brilliant computer nerd and I am so completely in love with the man. We are so fortunate to live close enough to both our families to visit them often, and we love that! We are both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, meaning my parents are both Mormons, as were my grandparents, and most of my ancestors going back for many generations. I grew up in an actively Mormon family, and I did all the things little mormon girls were to do. As a family, we read the scriptures, prayed, attended our church meetings, and held Family Home Evening on Monday night. I have really never questioned my beliefs or the teachings of the church, and it's not because I didn't ever learn anything else. The reason I have remained a devoted member of the church is that I know that this is the way to real, lasting peace in life. I have never gone without an answer to my questions. I have never felt unfulfilled spiritually, and I have seen myself learn and grow and develop into something I couldn't have without the gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught and learned in this church. I love other religions. I have spent so much time studying various faiths, especially Judaism and Islam. I know that there is good in all faiths, and I would encourage members of other faiths to live their religion as vigorously as they can. I know that Jesus Christ is the Saviour, meaning that if we believe in him and in his teaching, we can learn how to take the required steps to return to his and our Father in Heaven's presence after we die. I know that through His revealed priesthood, all of mankind can participate in ordinances that will not only cleanse them of sin through Christ, but it will set them on the path back to Heavenly Father. I'm a Mormon because I know that Christ lives. I know that Heavenly Father is mindful of me. He listens when I pray, and I feel His hand in my life. I know that the church that Christ had when He was here on the earth was restored in the nineteenth centruy in upstate New York through Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon is the most convincing thing I can think of regarding this church. Having read it many times, and lived by it's teachings, I know it's the word of God.

How I live my faith

My husband and I love going to church together! We teach a little class of 7-year-old boys in our church, and we look forward to it every Sunday. We both try hard to get to know those around us in our community and in our ward, and we have come to find some dear friends in the process. We go to church every Sunday, and we spend our Sunday afternoons studying the gospel together. We love watching the Mormon Messages on YouTube, and we love reading addresses given by modern prophets and apostles. We try to keep Sunday special, and we avoid things like shopping, movies, or other recreation or entertainment. We try to direct our thoughts to God on the Sabbath. We also love taking long Sunday afternoon naps... Our Sundays are filled with religion, but that's not the end of it. We pray individually morning and night, and we pray together each night before bed and over our meals. We love studying the scriptures together, and, eventhough it's just the two of us, we hold a weekly Family Home Evening. Our FHE consists of an opening prayer, and an opening hymn (we love struggling through playing the hymns on our little keyboard - it usually involves a lot of laughing), We go over our calendar for the coming week and month, and then we discuss our personal goals and the goals we have as a couple. If we aren't reaching those goals, we try to figure out what to change to make it happen. We have a "lesson" which is usually just us studying some aspect of the gospel in greater depth, or discussing something relating to the gospel. We try to do something fun together, whether it's a movie, a long walk, or working out, and then we sometimes indulge in a treat. I love that my husband is so committed to God. I love hearing him pray. I love hearing his insights into the things I've believed all my life. We have been married for less than a year, but I feel that the depth of our relationship is a result of living what we believe together. I love the perspective the gospel gives us.