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Hi I'm Beth

I'm a wife, a gamer, a reader, a teacher and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach science, math, and P.E. at a beautiful 18-acre wooded private school built on an old working farm. I love my Church calling as Mia Maid Advisor in the Young Women Program, working with those wily 14-15 year old girls. How would I ever stay hip without them? I have been married to my awesome husband, Adam, for a full decade and have him to thank for bringing me the gospel. I absolutely adore reading! I'm really into crime dramas and keeping up on YA fiction but I also like continuing my role as a life-long learner by reading expository text like geography, math, science, and language arts books. Especially anything about ancient Egypt and archaeology or space! Part of my love of archaeology got me interested in playing some of the action adventure video games out there and I have fallen in love with solving the intricate puzzles and exploring the beautiful and often scary destinations from all over the world in these games. Playing video games for me is good down-time where I get the chance to visit and learn more about exotic places on our amazing Earth and, not only as it given me a lot of great knowledge and material for my school lessons, it helps me connect with and relate to my students who are all about Playstation and Xbox.

Why I am a Mormon

Nothing beats the satisfying validation of God's influence in my life! When my husband and I were dating, we were attending my Mum's Presbyterian church (and my home church at the time) when a couple of LDS missionaries came in and sat in the pew across from us. My husband had his Book of Mormon with him so he placed it on the arm rest of our pew. The missionaries spotted it and made sure to catch us after the worship service. When my husband first told me he was Mormon, I didn't really have a reaction because I had no idea what that meant. I'd seen the commercials for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but I didn't make the connection and I knew next to nothing about the Church. I believe this helped me to begin my spiritual journey without any preconceived notions or unfortunate stumbling blocks. I began taking the sessions and, even though I was a tough nut to crack and I went through probably 8 missionaries, I was able to put all of my feelings and confusion into many heartfelt and sincere prayers. When I finally let go of waiting to hear an answer that would please everyone in my life, my parents, my home-church family, my friends, my boyfriend, myself. . .I received my answer. This is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I am a Child of God. And I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings in my 11 years as a Mormon. I have been a Primary teacher, a Primary chorister, a Relief Society teacher, a Faith in God for Girls leader, a Young Women counselor, and now YW Mia Maid Advisor. Being asked to serve in the Young Women program scared the living daylights out of me! I didn't grow up in the Church so I never got to experience being a Young Woman. I didn't have the theme memorized. I had no idea what Girl's Camp was. And I was terrified. It's the only calling I've ever been extended that I did not immediately accept. I said I needed to think about it. Driving home that Sunday, I had barely left the Church parking lot when I felt a delightful jump in my heart that let me know what my answer was going to be. Of course. I always enjoy talking about my faith and try to soak up as much information as I can so that I can better answer the questions of those who wonder why I'm so peculiar. I also don't mind that these discoveries often answer some of my own questions! And I enjoy getting to see the Church through the eyes of my Mia Maids as I learn and grow in my faith with them.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Beth
Many people feel that Mormon missionaries can seem pushy or relentless. I definitely felt this way when I first began investigating the Church. I must have been asked after EVERY lesson/discussion, "Will you be baptized?" It felt like they were just trying to rush me into making the decision before I could back out. It took awhile, but I came to realize that this energy, this zeal, was simply the manifestation of how much these young men believed in what they were teaching me. In their minds, it was so clear. I still had obstacles to overcome but they had such faith in the gospel and such faith in me to recognize it. Think, for a moment, what you might feel if you had an amazing story to tell; something that you knew would change lives and bring peace and wholeness to individuals and families alike. Now try to comprehend how you would react with this knowledge. Would you want to keep it to yourself? Or would you want to tell all of your friends, family and neighbors; shouting it from the mountain tops until all the world knew the pathway to not only salvation in the next life but a happiness in this life that can not possibly compare with any earthly treasures. The fervor of the missionaries can feel daunting at first because they are so excited to spread the word of God but I promise you that, if you open your heart, you will recognize truth when you hear it. And you will understand why they are so excited!! Show more Show less