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Hi I'm Beverly

I enjoy reading humorous mysteries that feature amateur female sleuths, and I love the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

On my 50th birthday, I bought my first computer and for a whole year, I took online computer classes. That was 13 years ago and since then, every church calling I’ve had has required me to use my computer skills. I’m also an Indexer for FamilySearch.org helping to create indexes of documents that people can use to search for their ancestors. I guess I must love a challenge because even though I’m not an architect, I designed the house my husband and I live in. It’s great fun to walk through rooms that started out as ideas in my head but now, they’re real. My husband and I love to go for long walks at the beach or on mountain trails and alongside rivers. We are zoo members and go to our local zoo at least twice a month, sometimes with our son and grandson, and whenever we visit a town that has a zoo, we spend a day there.

Why I am a Mormon

There are a lot of good churches in the world and I could live a happy, fulfilling life by following their teachings. So why did I choose to become a Mormon? For me, it all comes down to authority. Joseph Smith, Jr. was chosen by the Savior and authorized to restore and lead His church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When Joseph Smith died, the Lord chose Brigham Young, and so the line of authority continues, right down to the present day. The prophets and the other priesthood holders in the Church have been given authority by Jesus Christ himself to perform the saving ordinances which, because of Christ’s atonement, will enable us to return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father when our time on the earth is finished. I absolutely know this is true. How can I “absolutely know” that? The answer is: Through the testimony of the Holy Ghost who is the third member of the Godhead, alongside God the Father and Jesus Christ. Before my baptism, the Holy Ghost bore witness to me that God lives and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church. After I was baptized, a group of men who hold the priesthood put their hands on my head to confirm me a member of the Church, and one of them said to me, “Receive the Holy Ghost.” From that moment on, it has been my privilege to have the Holy Ghost as my constant companion.

How I live my faith

When I pray to my Father in Heaven, I rely on the Holy Ghost to help me know what to ask for and to understand the answers I receive. When I read the scriptures, the Holy Ghost helps me understand what I read. When I listen to the leaders of the church speak during General Conference twice a year, the Holy Ghost bears witness to me that their teachings are the will of the Lord. We are taught in the Book of Mormon that “by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” This is very important to me. I also rely on him for other things. The Holy Ghost comforts me when I’m grieving, reassures me when I’m afraid, gives me peace when my mind is troubled. When I am angry with another person and cannot let go of that anger on my own, the Holy Ghost softens my heart and helps me to forgive. In the church, we speak of the Gift of the Holy Ghost. It truly is a marvelous gift, a gift from God to His children who accept Jesus Christ and are baptized into Christ’s church.