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Hi I'm Rebekah

I was born in the UK but grew up living in countries all over the world. I have five children, teach High School and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hmmm where to start...... I love sport, teaching, traveling and my family(not necessarily in that order!) I have an amazing husband whom I met on the basketball court at uni and we have been married for over 17 years and have 5 children. Our oldest child is 14 and our youngest is 7. I have a Ba in Modern Asian Studies and a Grad Dip in Secondary School Education. I have been a stay-at-home mum for the last 15 years but now my 'babies' are all at school I have started work part-time supply teaching - I love going to school with them! I have the travel bug. Born in the UK, I have lived in Malta, Singapore, Scotland, Nepal, Holland and visited Greece, Canada, Hawaii, USA and Malaysia. I arrived in Australia in 1983 and now definitely call Australia home. Last year my 9 year old daughter and I went backpacking around Scotland, Prague, Munich, Venice, Rome, Paris and London - it was an amazing bonding experience for the two of us. I love to wakeboard, go to gym, play sport and recently learnt to snowboard. I love to read a lot and also spend time tending my organic veggie garden. I love to cook and eat! I love spending time with my husband and children playing board games, watching them play sports and going camping with my friends and family - sitting around a bonfire with hot chocolate and toasting marshmellos in great company is pretty close to the perfect way to end a day. I feel very blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert, baptized at 11 years old at Hyde Park Visiors Centre in London, by an older American missionary couple. Throughout my travels all over the globe and my study of many religions, I've come to appreciate the gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers to all the important questions most people want to know - Where did I come from? Why am I here? And where will I go? The answers to these 3 questions inspire me to live my life striving everyday to be a better Christian. I believe I am a better mother, wife and teacher because I know the answers to these questions. I am grateful for my 'eternal family' in a time when the family unit in society seems to be suffering from moral decay. I'm grateful I chose to be married in a Mormon temple FOREVER and not "until death do you part" because Heaven for me is being with those I love, so I can't imagine eternity without them! I treasure each moment of every day with them - even those not so perfect, crazy ones!

How I live my faith

I've spent about 13 of my last 17 years, since I've been married, involved in our church youth programs. This has involved teaching, mentoring and organizing activities ,sometimes up to 3 times a week, to help our youth (ages 12-18) draw closer to Christ and find their own testimonies of the Savior. It is a time consuming job but also immensely rewarding as I now watch the girls I first taught, marry and have children of their own - which also unfortunately reminds me I'm getting old!!! The rest of my time in church service has been spent in the primary organization either as a leader to organize teachers and classes or as a 'Faith in God' leader for girls between the ages of 8 and 12 years. Our jobs are voluntary and unpaid but as I've served in various positions within the church, I've found I've been blessed and my relationship with God and his Son Jesus Christ has grown. This is definitely a religion you 'live'. Daily personal and family prayers, scripture study and family night (usually on a Monday night) and time spent giving service in the community as well as within the church, make for a busy life. However, this busy life is very rewarding and it draws our family closer together with each other and with God and most of all living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings me happiness now; hope for the future; helps me to keep everything in perspective and enables me to take joy in the journey that is my life - with all it's ups, downs and sharp turns!