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Hi I'm Beth

I'm a Mormon. I'm a happily married mother of five. I bake bread, sew, and wear my apron. My journal is 24 years old.

About Me

I've been married for nearly 13 years. It is surprising to look back and see all we've accomplished in that time. In the evening, my husband and I usually ask each other, "What was your favorite part of the day?" It is one of my favorite traditions. I always wanted to be a mother. I am consistently surprised at how joyful and challenging it can be. It can turn from challenging to joyful fairly quickly, and then back again. I love the smell of freshly baked homemade bread. My husband taught me how to bake bread. Then, I spent a couple of years improving it. If I had to pick only one food to live on--it would be my homemade bread. I wish I could invite you over for a slice! I wear an apron every day. I love to sew. Sewing is something you have to learn by doing it. When I make a new garment, I always learn a new skill. I try to push my limits by making something a little bit out of my comfort zone--without frustrating myself. I consider myself a beginning seamstress. I have made around 30 items of clothing. I still have a lot to learn. I write about sewing on my blog. When I turned 12, I picked out a journal as a gift. I've been writing in one ever since. Writing helps me define what I think and feel. I enjoy reading over the past--both the sad and happy times. It helps me see where I've come from and how I've grown. Someday I hope my children and grandchildren will read it and appreciate my writing it. My husband and I are running five 5K's this year. One more to go!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be. I was born into a Mormon home. At a point in my teenage years, I wanted to know if it was worth it--to find out for myself if it was a lifestyle I wanted to live. There is a transition that each member of the Church must make--from relying on a parent, missionary, or friend--to finding out for oneself. I began reading the Book of Mormon, and that is the most important decision I made as a teenager. It helped me feel the Spirit and want to learn more about Jesus Christ. I came to know more about Him, not only through studying the Book of Mormon, but also reading the New Testament. Jesus Christ became more real to me through reading these words. I wanted to be like Him--to serve and love others as He did. I fall short every day, but I keep trying. I love being a Latter-day Saint! The things I value most center around my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I serve with the children, ages 18 months to 12 years. I love being with them on Sundays. I can feel their love for God and it helps me want to be pure and caring like them. I read the scriptures or listen to a General conference message every day. It helps me feel the Spirit and receive guidance for my life. We hold Family Home evening every Monday night, and we attend church as a family on Sundays.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

The desire to dress modestly it the main motivation for my interest in learning to sew. I want my daughters and sons to know that they can make their own clothing when they cannot find something that is modest AND cute. They can rely on their own two hands to find solutions to the "What should I wear?" dilemma. Chastity, or waiting until married for sexual intimacy, is closely linked to modesty in dress. The way we dress directly impacts how we act. If we dress immodestly or sloppily, our actions will reflect those habits, too. If a girl dresses in a way that draws attention to her sexuality, others will think of her and treat her differently from a girl who does not. We should choose our friends and clothing in similar ways--we want them to take care of us--not reveal and expose us. The best way a parent can teach modesty is through example. Show more Show less