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Hi I'm Beki

I'm a wife, a mother, a professional with an MBA and a career, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for 14 years; I have a 3.5 year old son, and a full time job. In my life, I've lived in Rhode Island, California, Georgia, and Arizona. The job I most loved was being a camp counselor at a YMCA day camp when I was in my late teens/early twenties. I earned my Bachelors degree in English literature, and my Masters of Business in Marketing. I've been working with the same company for 13.5 years now, in the telecommunications industry. My hobbies are spending time with my family, particularly my son, serving with church callings, and reading books; I'm a voracious reader.

Why I am a Mormon

My husband was born and raised in the Mormon Church. We were married for five years before I was baptized. I had taken the Missionary discussions six times, and regularly had the Missionaries over. I just wasn't willing to commit. However, both the ward and the missionaries continued to reach out to me in friendship and love. I had two employees working for me, both Mormon, one was fully active and in a temple marriage; the other totally inactive. After a discussion with the inactive young woman about her faith and feelings about the Church, she summed it up for me; she said: "You are afraid that the Church is going to change who you are, but it isn't; it's going to enhance the person you are. You are already doing the hard things (following the Word of Wisdom and married), so why aren't you doing it." That was what I needed to hear from the person I needed to hear it from combined with the love and continuous support offered to me by the Missionaries and the Ward members, so I decided to be Baptized. That is the story of why I was baptized, and while that is important to why I became a Mormon, it doesn't actually answer the question "Why I'm a Mormon". I am a Mormon because I believe in the teachings of the Church. I believe in my Savior Jesus Christ, I love the importance that the Church places on family and values. I find a great joy in being a member, and fulfillment in the relationships that I build in Church through my callings and interactions. I love the community that we have in Church, the compassion, love and service that members provide to each other and those in the community. I love the fact that the Church teaches us of a loving Heavenly Father and Savior. I'm grateful for the Plan of Salvation, the knowledge of where we came from and why we are here; the ability to be with our families forever, and the guidance of a Prophet who guides us in these uncertain times. I love the Church. I love the Gospel. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in our Women's Organization. In this organization, it's my role to help ensure that the women in our area are doing well, that our lessons on Sundays are prepared and taught, and that the music chosen contributes to inviting the Spirit into our meetings. Some of the things that we do are plan monthly activities for the women. We plan activities that revolve around Employment, Home Storage, Finances, Education & Literacy, Health, and Faith. In fact, our activity this month was a half day Women's Conference, where our theme was "Christ Centered". We had presentations around Making Scripture Study a Revelatory Experience, Home Design & Crafts, a spiritual message about Living a Christ Centered Life, Keeping Families Connected, and re-Inventing Sundays. This gives the women an opportunity to connect & learn with and from one another, and have our spiritual cups filled. My role also gives me the opportunity to serve those in need. Previous to this, I served with the Youth. For more than four years, I taught a regular Sunday lesson, went to Girls Camp with the Young Women each summer, and helped organize and plan weekly Wednesday night activities that were fun, spiritual, and educational. Activities supported topics of Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice & Accountability, Good Works, Integrity, and Virtue. Every day, at home, I live my faith by praying, studying my scriptures, and living Gospel principals, and teaching them to my son.