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Hi I'm Rebecca

I'm a wife and mother. I'm a singer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a wife of over a decade now. I enjoy trying new things with my husband like hiking and rock climbing, developing hobbies together like reading the same book and discussing it, and watching a show and laughing together after the kids are in bed. I love being a mother to my two girls. Together, we enjoy baking bread and dessert, laughing at and snuggling our chickens, and opening the door to neighborhood friends to come in and play. I have found great fulfillment in talking one on one with my children about their challenges and their dreams, and then brainstorming with my husband how to meet their needs. I feel God's guidance strongly in how to talk to my kids. I stay at home to support my husband and children full time. I tend to get so consumed by my ever-changing hobbies that I need a break after a while! I have recently enjoyed reading, sewing, working out daily with a friend, and raising cute backyard chickens. I am currently on hiatus from beautifying and organizing my home. Perhaps I'll come back to it soon. One hobby that has stuck with me is music. I sing in a local choir. I love the humor that infuses our rehearsals and the joy I feel when we perform. I suffer from depression. I am learning to love myself as God loves me. I am glad for the struggles I have been through, because they have made me a better person. I have hope for the future. I can't wait to discover and develop more skills and talents. I hope to return to college and finish a degree.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I crave peace within myself. I am very aware of my weaknesses and challenges, and I often feel a distinct need for God's guidance and forgiveness. I find peace of conscience and peace of mind in living the teachings of Jesus Christ. As I work to keep commitments I have made with God, He gives me power to keep them and helps me to become my best self. I make mistakes and misprioritize daily, but as I ask for forgiveness and help in prayer and change my actions, the atonement of Jesus Christ melts away the burden of guilt, renews me, and gives me strength to keep my chin up and try again. I am a member of this Church because I have felt again and again that it is true. I know priesthood authority seals my family together forever. I feel immense peace to know that God watches over my children and guides them individually and answers their prayers, just like He does for me.

How I live my faith

I help organize monthly activities for women in my church. I find value in addressing difficulties we face in our many roles and walking away with a new tool each month to empower ourselves with strategies we find in scripture and in teachings of living prophets. I recently participated in a pioneer trek. This event was a reenactment of the journey early pioneer members of my church took cross-country seeking a place to peacefully practice their religion. My husband and I led a group of nine teenagers. These youth pulled the group's belongings and supplies in a handcart for 10 miles over sand, hills, and sagebrush. I loved getting to know these teenagers individually. I was privileged to see them transform over four days. They learned how to work as a team and make deep friendships with total strangers. They learned how to take on responsibility, to do hard work and get results, and to develop gratitude for the simplest of God's blessings. I learned that I can do hard things with God's help.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a personal knowledge of truth; a personal conviction that guides a person's actions. The way a person receives a testimony is through the witness of the Holy Ghost. The witness of the Holy Ghost is obtained through sincere desire and prayer to know a specific truth, as well as devoting one's best efforts to seek that truth in the Bible and other scripture. The key elements of a Mormon's testimony are a knowledge of these principles: God is our Father and lives and loves us. Jesus Christ is God's Son and mankind's Savior from sin and death. Joseph Smith is a prophet through whom God restored Jesus Christ's Church. God leads his church on earth today through a living prophet. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Faith in Jesus Christ is a stabilizing, strengthening force in marriages and families. A shared faith in Jesus Christ provides common ground for a married couple. It gives them a unity of purpose by which they can make decisions and face the difficulties that come. Faith in Jesus Christ means trusting God and being willing to make our best decisions and continually move forward. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is a women's organization that was organized over 150 years ago. Women ages 18 and older gather together each Sunday and occasionally during the week to strengthen themselves, families, homes, and communities. The Relief Society is a substantial force for serving people inside and outside of our church. Its members often participate in activities as large as worldwide humanitarian aid and as small as a meal for a new mother. Its scope starts in each woman's individual life, then expands to her family, her church congregation, and on to her community. Show more Show less