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Hi I'm Rebecca

I'm a learner, I'm a teacher, and a juggler of schedules. I'm a mother of six. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm not a master of anything but I enjoy trying new things and stretching myself. Last year I completed my first sprint triathlon and it forced me out of my comfort zone. It also gave my children proof that even their mom can make and achieve goals. I have a lot of interests but many of them I do only in fits and bursts because with a six children ranging from preschool to high school I often only get small chunks of time. I do love reading a wide variety of styles, types and subjects of literature. Joining a book club nearly twelve years ago has given me friendships and introduced me to new favorite books. I wish I could travel more. I lived in France for a year as a high school student, fulfilling a life-long dream. That experience only reinforced my love for France, its people, language and food. I've returned twice and I studied French in college and as a graduate student. I still read French and tutor. If I hear someone speaking French I will often start a conversation with a perfect stranger, just so I can practice speaking!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Latter-day Saint family, so I have always attended church. I don't remember ever not having a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but that doesn't mean that I don't have to work on strengthening it every day. Living the gospel and obeying the commandments have given me joy, peace and direction. I don't know what problems I would have now if I hadn't always had the gospel to guide me, but I do know my weaknesses and have a good idea where they could have led me. While in France I was offered alcohol on a regular basis and I always politely declined. Since then I have found out that alcoholism runs in my family. Obeying the word of Wisdom protected me, both from becoming an alcoholic and from the bad decisions that are often made while intoxicated.

How I live my faith

I teach the eight and nine year-old boys and girls at church, and they really keep me on my toes! I learn something every time I teach, whether it's about the lesson, human nature, or even about myself. I enjoy their enthusiasm and their energy but sometimes I need a nap after church! I love learning and singing the songs with them. I have always loved visiting the other women in my congregation. I especially enjoy when I am assigned to visit someone new, because I love making new friends. These assignments often allow me to forge long-lasting friendships, not only with the women I visit, but also with my visiting companion. We try to help each other with spiritual, physical and emotional needs. Often it's just great to know there are several people you can call in a pinch. Even though I'm not a super cook, I do enjoy taking a meal to a friend in need, or helping with child care or housecleaning. Those things don't take a lot of effort, but they can mean a lot. I know because I've been on the receiving end of such service also. I volunteer in my children's school classes regularly. This allows me to see the teachers in action (giving me an even greater appreciation for their hard work!), to see how my children interact with their classmates and what they're learning.