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Hi I'm Becca

I'm a Mom, a nurse, a triathlete, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a busy wife and Mom of four beautiful and active boys. I graduated college with my RN degree and enjoy very much working as a nurse and lifting the hands that hang down. I worked for several years, but right now I am currently staying home and raising these little boys. I am trying to enjoy every minute of this busy time of my life, and enjoy so much seeing my children grow, develop, and learn. I am an avid runner and swimmer and love competing in triathlons. I have a goal of one day doing an iron man. I also love photography. I am far from a professional, but love learning about the technique and especially capturing memories and moments in my family's lives. I pretty much love anything involving the outdoors: camping, hiking, biking, water rafting, snow boarding, etc. I love being a Mom. I am constantly amazed at how much my children teach me and how one of their hugs or cute words of love can melt a whole week's frustrations in a moment.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because living the principles of Jesus Christ bring me true joy and happiness. I have lived the principles of my religion throughout my life and countless times I have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost so strongly and I have felt so close to my Father in Heaven. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father... who is literally the Father of our spirits... who knows each of us personally. So many times in my life I have felt his hand guiding me, protecting me, and comforting me. I have experienced so many "tender mercies" as one of our Apostles called them. Times when the Lord has answered prayers and helped me in a very personal way. I know that Christ's church has been restored on the earth today. I know that trials and difficulties are part of our experience here. They are placed in our lives as opportunities to learn, grow, and to become more Christlike. I have a very strong testimony of Jesus Christ and his role as my Savior and Redeemer. The Lord knowing how difficult this life would be and what challenges we would face, gave us his only begotten son and allowed him to suffer so that we might never have to suffer alone. In whatever trial or challenge we are experiencing our Savior has endured. He understands each of our heartaches and griefs and is a prayer away to offer us hope, assurance, and peace. I know that he also suffered for our sins. We can't be perfect in this life and our Savior allows us to repent and come back and try again. Because of his sacrifice if we do our very best to keep the commandments he will forgive us of our sins and make up the difference. I know that being part of a family is part of the plan of salvation. We are sent here as families to support, strengthen, and help each other. I know that as a Mom I have learned unconditional love and have learned so much of patience, love, and selflessness. I know that we can be married for time and all eternity and one day return and live with God again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day of my life. I try every day to be the best person that I can be. I try to live as Christ would live and look for opportunities to help others around me. I pray a lot for strength to be the best person that I can be. I live the commandments which offer me protection from many temptations. I go to church each week and "fill up my spiritual gas tank" so to speak. I repent and humble myself often as I have many weaknesses and shortcomings. I work with the children at my church trying to teach them how much their Heavenly Father loves them and helping them gain a testimony of their own. I work with my own children trying to teach, guide, and direct them to be the best people that they can be. I try to instill in them the principles of faith, service, love, kindness, honesty, etc. I spend time building my family relationship and spending quality time together. I study the scriptures often and find hope, peace, and answers in those words. I try to share my testimony of the gospel with others as the Savior said, "Feed my sheep." I try to serve in the community having food drives, visiting a retirement home, or helping someone elderly with their groceries. I love that this gospel and the truths of Jesus Christ offer me ways to overcome all of the challenges and discouragements of this life. I am grateful as I live each day trying the best I can I feel the strength of his spirit with me.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Becca
The Savior is the very center of our faith and our belief. We need a Savior for so many reasons. We are imperfect beings who no matter what we do will fall short. We cannot enter the presence of God without first being cleansed of all sin. Our Father in Heaven loved us so much and he knew that we would fall short. He also has a great desire that each of his children can return home and live with him again. Because of this he has sent his only begotten son to suffer, bleed, and die. Through this glorious Atonement we have been given the ability to repent and to renew ourselves. Through the proper steps of repentance we can be cleansed from our sins. The Savior suffered for each of our sins that he might satisfy the demands of justice, but yet still be able to extend mercy. The Atonement also offers us great peace, comfort, and relief from our pains, sorrows, and afflictions. Our Savior descended below all things that we might never have to suffer our trials and afflictions alone. He has perfect empathy. I have had times in my life where I have felt desperate, alone, and completely discouraged. I have dropped to my knees in prayer and plead with my Father in Heaven. I have felt the peace of the Savior come over me and calm my troubled heart. We desperately need the Atonement. The Savior wants us to give him all that we have and to try our very best and then he will make up the difference. I am so thankful for and have a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Becca
Mormon missionaries will come and teach the basic gospel truths and answer any questions that you may have. They will challenge you to really study what they have taught you, pray about it, and find out for yourself if what they are teaching is truth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Becca
As Mormons we believe that we all fall short and none of us is or ever will be perfect without the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of every soul who has ever lived on the earth. Through this suffering he descended below all things and has paid the price for all of our sins. Because of this great gift he has satisfied the demands of justice and can offer us mercy and grace. As hard as we try we are going to make mistakes. All that Christ asks of us is that we do our very best to keep his commandments and then that we repent when we fall short. If we do our best and then have faith and hope in his Atonement we can be saved through his Grace and Mercy. There is a story told that helps me understand the relationship of mercy and justice so well. It is of a very young boy who wants to buy a bike. His Father tells him to work and save all of his money. This little boy works and works to save every penny. Finally, he goes to the store with all that he has and gives it to the cashier. The bike costs $107 and all he has is .97 cents. The cashier tells the boy that he doesn't have enough and the boy starts walking away heartbroken, but just as he is about to leave a man steps in and pays the difference. We just have to bring all that we have and Christ will make up the difference. I know that my Savior suffered, bled, and died for me. Although, I am so far from perfect, as long as I do my best, he will make up the difference. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Becca
We believe that God is the literal Father of our spirits and that each of us is part of his eternal family. Essentially we are all children of God and brothers and sisters in God's family. We are sent here to earth and organized as families to support, strengthen, and teach each other. In a family we learn so much of patience, tolerance, love, unselfishness, and what brings true joy. I know that becoming a Mother has taught me much about unconditional love and I feel like it has given me a glimpse of understanding for the great love God, our Heavenly Father, has for us. I also joke with others that we get to pick our friends, but we don't get to pick our family. I think that we are given family members many times who have very different personalities than ourselves so that we are forced to learn to get along with many different kinds of people. My sister and I are complete opposites and it is so neat how through the years we have learned to use that to strengthen each other. What I am weak at she is strong and what I am strong at she is weak. Secondly, we believe that our families will be together forever. That knowledge gives so much perspective to the daily challenges and disagreements. We have forever to figure this out... we don't have to figure it all out now. Ultimately it is these family relationships that bring us our greatest joy in life. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Becca
I love this principle of the church. When I think of our Father in Heaven he is so merciful and so just. He wants each of his children to have the same opportunity to hear and accept the gospel. We believe that in order to receive salvation you must perform certain ordinances such as baptism while on the earth. We know that the Savior was baptized on the earth even when he was free from sin. He was baptized in obedience to the commandment of his Father and because it is essential for salvation. There are many people on earth who live and die without even hearing about a Savior or about the restored gospel. We believe that every person who lives on the earth will have an opportunity to hear and decide for themselves if they want to accept Christ and his restored gospel. Members of the church will go to temples and perform baptisms in proxy, meaning a living person is baptized in behalf of someone who has died. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Becca
A testimony is a witness that you can receive through the Holy Ghost that something is true. A testimony is a belief in God our Father in Heaven, our Savior Jesus Christ, and in the Savior's Atonement. Each of us can know for ourselves that God lives, that Jesus Christ suffered, bled, and died for us, and that we can live together forever. The Lord has given us tools such as prayer, scripture study, church attendance, and Prophets and Apostles to help us to draw us closer to him. As we draw closer to him we feel the witness of the Holy Ghost and our faith grows. As we continue to seek learning and study the gospel and as we follow his commandments our faith slowly becomes a knowledge. I know that God is our literal Father in Heaven, I know that Jesus Christ Atoned for our sins. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today. I know that Joseph Smith restored Christ's church on the earth in these latter-days. I know with all my heart, because I have felt the power of the spirit countless times in my life manifesting the truth of these things. I know by the joy that I feel in my life and the happiness I have through keeping his commandments. I am so thankful for that knowledge and with that knowledge I am striving each day to be a little bit better. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Becca
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. He is one in purpose with God the Father and Jesus Christ, but is a personage of the spirit. Because he does not have a body of flesh and bones he can come and dwell in us. After the Savior's Resurrection the Savior appeared not only to the people in Jerusalem, but also to the people on the American continent. Words cannot express how happy the people must have been to see their Savior and Redeemer and to have him in their presence. When he told them that he must return to his Father the people were so sad at the thought of being separated from his presence. He told them that he would send them a comforter and that comforter is the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost has many roles, but I love his role as my comforter. I know that I can have the Holy Ghost with me each and every day of my life and have felt that comfort so many times in my trials and heart aches. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth, warns us of physical and spiritual danger, his presence in our lives cleanses us, purifies us, and helps us become more like our Savior Jesus Christ. I am so grateful that because I was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I have the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the promise that as long as I am living worthy that I can have his spirit with me always. The Holy Ghost has testified to me countless times that my Savior lives and that this is his restored church on the earth today. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Becca
The Word of Wisdom is a health code that gives us guidelines and commandments to keep our bodies healthy, strong, and pure. As we care for our bodies by keeping the commandments given in the Word of Wisdom we are more likely to feel the spirit and be in control of our physical appetites. The Word of Wisdom gives us commandments against using Tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, and Illegal Drugs. This was a revelation given to Joseph Smith in the early 1800s, far beyond a time when the use of these items was known to be harmful. We are promised many physical and spiritual blessings if we keep the Word of Wisdom among my favorites is that "And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. D&C 89:20. As we control and moderate our physical appetites we are blessed to have the spirit more abundantly and we also maintain freedom from many addictions and avoid losing control or experiencing reduced inhibitions which would impair our judgement. I feel I have been blessed very much by keeping the Word of Wisdom and abiding by those commandments. I know that I have avoided many problems and been blessed by adhering to this law. Show more Show less