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Hi I'm Rebecca

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom. Just writing that brings a huge smile to my face! We have three year old twin daughters who are the light of our lives. They are our miracle babies. We hoped and prayed for them for nearly a decade before we were blessed to be parents. It's the hardest but most wonderful thing we have ever done - becoming parents. My days are filled with singing, playing pretend, working on letters and sounds, playing dress up and working constantly to raise responsible, respectful, happy, successful children. When I find a moment to myself I love to read. I'm learning to play the piano. I love to sew. My educational background is in anthropology and political science so by trade and a brief first post-graduate job I'm an archaeologist. My husband is my best friend. We love to enjoy nature together and now with our family: gardening, hiking, camping, sight seeing, beach dwelling and river floating are some of our favorite things to do. Vacations are high on our priority list and we love to be together no matter what we're doing: cleaning, playing, cooking!

Why I am a Mormon

My faith has provided a much needed strength through all of the hardest and darkest times of my life. As a small child I knew, never doubting that God hears and would always answer my prayers. That faith provided hope and peace when I was very young, not able to swim and in the middle of a lake, duck hunting with my older brother, when our boat began to take on water. My faith in prayer led me to kneel in prayer until I knew for sure that I had a Father in Heaven who loved me at a time when I felt that no one on earth did. My pioneer ancestors who left their home lands, traveled across an ocean and a continent with little more than the clothing on their backs, who worked, sacrificed and struggled to practice their faith in Jesus Christ and provide a life for their children gave me an identity that was stronger than the pull of teenage recklessness. I always knew that I was the beneficiary of hard lives, of sacrifices and trials endured well. I knew that my life, my American dream, the opportunities, the education, the work ethic, the values I received were a gift to me paid for by hard working, faithful, believing Mormons who had come before me and followed their testimonies for their benefit and for mine. I know that God answers prayers. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ and authority to act in His name have been restored to the earth. I know that that priesthood authority continues on the earth to this day, that we have a living prophet on the earth today. I know that The Book of Mormon contains the words of God. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that through the atonement of Christ we can be forgiven of our sins and made whole. I know that Christ makes up the difference for us. I know that none of us are perfect, that this is by design, that we need our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ to make it home to our loving Father in Heaven!

How I live my faith

I love to serve the Lord! The church organization is AWESOME! Opportunities to serve are everywhere I look. I've been privileged to work with the youth as an advisor and counselor to young women, as a primary teacher, a family history specialist and in a number of other roles. One of my favorite ways to live my faith is helping with humanitarian service: sewing quilts, preparing hygiene kits, sorting fabric or clothes that are sent to people in need. The church is amazing, response to disasters or needs through out the world are quickly organized and delivered. From natural disaster clean-up and food distribution to organized medical service missions and on ground training in self-reliance for local people throughout the world, I've never seen or heard of any more inspired and well delivered programs than those operated by my church. Daily I try to live my faith by letting the light of my Savior, Jesus Christ, shine through me by looking for someone in need and doing my best to help. Most of the time I can be found serving my own family remembering the Lord's admonition to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and give comfort. At this season of my life as a mother of young children my faith provides the direction, the inspiration and the divine help I so often need in caring for my little family.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. Every election cycle, a letter is read from the pulpit of our individual congregations urging us to participate actively in the elections, study the issues and the candidates and get out and vote. Specifically stated in the letter is that the church does not endorse any candidate or political party. Members of our church are elected officials in all levels of government for a variety of political parties including both Democrat and Republican parties. As members of the church, we look for what is good and right without regard to the package. I have friends of my faith that are actively involved in both of the major political parties in America. I think every American recognizes that neither major political party represents our own beliefs and desires perfectly and that we're all able to see the good and not so good aspects of every political party. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Because that is not the way Jesus Christ set up his church. We all have the opportunity and privilege to serve in the church, we claim to be disciples of Christ and we try to live by his teachings including ministering to those in need. Tithing and offerings paid to the church are directed and used carefully and effectively and are distributed where they are needed with little and often without overhead costs. No one in the church aspires to positions of leadership, calls are divinely appointed. Missionaries pay their own way. Members serve because we believe that this is Jesus Christ's church and we are trying to be like Him, to live as he did, to bless others, to make the world a better place. We beleive that Jesus Christ directs this church through leaders who are called through inspiration and so we willingly give our time to help to bring others to Christ. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, absolutely. I believe that God loves ALL of his children. He has provided a prophet throughout history to lead His people. There have been periods of time in world history when a prophet was not on the earth. For example, after Jesus Christ was crucified and the apostles were killed there was not a prophet on the earth and priesthood power was no longer available to bless people on the earth. We believe that the church of Jesus Christ - the same church Jesus Christ established while he was living on the earth - has been restored through a living prophet and that the priesthood and offices of apostles and prophet have continued since they were restored through the prophet Joseph Smith in 1830. We have a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, who leads the church and it's members by revelation from the Lord and by the power of the priesthood. It is a comfort and a blessing to know that Jesus Christ still leads the church through living prophets who have the authority to direct the church here on earth. Show more Show less