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Hi I'm Becky

I'm a wife and the mother of five children. I love to read. I volunteer in my community. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now, being a wife and mother basically defines my life. I have 5 children in 4 different schools (one in high school, one in middle school, two in elementary, and one in preschool). It doesn't seem like very long ago that I was busy chasing toddlers, changing diapers and feeding crying babies. That was an adventure! I am entering a new and very busy phase of my life trying to keep up with my children and their different schedules. I feel like it is important for me to be involved with them in their schools and activities (which include sports, music, scouting, and church), but with all of the spectating, PTO meetings, Booster Clubs, and carpooling, it is hard to keep up with it all (especially the laundry, which seems to grow exponentially every year!). I was raised by parents who taught my siblings and me the importance of being good citizens, which for them meant becoming involved and being aware of important issues that face our communities, states and nation. My dad was involved in political campaigns as a volunteer and a candidate and our whole family had the opportunity to participate and to learn from his experiences as a public servant. I want my children to be good citizens and I know that my husband and I need to set the example for them. My husband works in local government and we often try to discuss current issues with our family and are both involved on local committees and boards in an effort to make a positive contribution in our community.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family and was taught the truths of the gospel from a young age. Being a member of the Church has always been a great blessing, providing direction during all of the phases of my life. As a mother, I am particularly grateful for the guidance and resources that are available in the church for families in today's complicated world. For as long as I can remember, I have known that I am a daughter of God and that He loves me. I feel like this sacred truth has always been a part of who I am. I love my Heavenly Father and I want to do the things that He has asked his children to do. I know that He sends his children to earth for a reason and that it is here that we have the opportunity to learn the things that we need to know and have the experiences that we need that will prepare us to return to live with him after this life and to become more like him. I know that we can talk to God through prayer. It was a special privilege for me, when I was a missionary in Estonia and Lithuania, to teach others that they could personally communicate with God. So many people don't understand that they can pray by themselves, for themselves and in their own words. Hearing someone really pray for the first time is a sacred experience. As a mother, I am striving to teach my children the importance of developing a personal relationship with Heavenly Father through prayer. I love to read the Bible and the Book of Mormon and other holy scriptures. I am so grateful for the things I learn about my Heavenly Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ, who was chosen and sent to earth to be the Redeemer of the world. I know that Jesus is my personal Savior. I am so grateful for his sacrifice for me. I know He lives! I am grateful for a living prophet on the earth today. It is wonderful to know that priesthood authority has been restored to the earth and that I can participate in sacred ordinances that will bless myself and my family eternally.

How I live my faith

In the local congregation that I attend with my family, I am responsible for the organization that serves the children . I teach scripture-based lessons and also wonderful music that brings such a special spirit and teaches basic gospel principles in such a beautiful and effective way. One of my favorite songs that I have been able to teach the children this year is "Beautiful Savior", a classic Christian hymn that dates back nearly a thousand years! As I taught this song to the children, I had a special opportunity to share my feelings about my Savior Jesus Christ with them. Each time we sing that song together now, their sweet voices remind me how much Jesus loves little children and how much they love Him and instinctively understand who He is. I am grateful to be able to share these experiences with my own children and the other children who are members of our congregation. For the last several years I have served as a Cub Scout leader and host den meetings at our home a couple of times a month. I have learned so much as I have been involved with teaching the boys in our Cub Scout pack (including my own sons) about citizenship, character, preparedness, and other important values that will prepare them for their future responsibilities in their families, communities, and in the church. I am also the accompanist for congregational hymn singing each Sunday. I was very intimidated the first time I tried to play the organ, but I have grown in confidence over the last few years. Even though I still make mistakes, I have also really improved my abilities. This has been a blessing personally and has increased my love of sacred hymns. The most important way for me to live my faith is at home with my family. We regularly gather our children for family prayer and scripture study, and are also trying to teach them how important it is to develop a close relationship with our Heavenly Father through personal prayer and scripture study each day.