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Hi I'm Beth

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am entering the third phase of life (first: childhood, second: kids at home, third: kids gone from home). My husband and I have four children. No one is married yet, so we are not yet grandparents and very soon to be empty nesters. I have absolutely loved being a mother. I loved being part of my children's lives as they grew up. I loved the world they brought to me through their education and their friends. I have always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I view my knowledge of Jesus Christ and his gospel as a great treasure that has affected how I live and how my family has evolved. Before I married, I became a registered dietitian. I have maintained this registration, but have not worked much in the field of nutrition. I have been able to be a stay-at-home mom (in a loose sense of the term. Do mom's stay home much?). I love to read. I love words and the pictures words can paint in my mind. One thing I have accomplished in my life is to give the world four other readers. You're welcome.

Why I am a Mormon

As I mentioned before, I was born into this church. But at some point in every life comes a defining moment: Will I live the gospel of Jesus Christ? Mine came during adolescence. In our church teenagers can attend religious training known as seminary. I ate seminary up! I wanted to know if there was a God and was it worth all the time and effort I had seen my parents give to this religion. I received an answer through the witness of the Holy Ghost that this is the Lord's true church that teaches His good news or gospel. It wasn't a huge production or vision. My witness came as I lived the principles I had been taught or feelings I received while I read scriptures or said my prayers. I guess I always knew the truth, but I was noticing the feelings of heaven's approval as I obeyed and lived the gospel. My testimony is a sum total of small gentle spiritual experiences that leave me no doubt that God knows who I am and blesses me.

How I live my faith

Once I determined for myself that this religion was God founded, I committed to do whatever I felt the Lord asked of me. I have been a visiting teacher for 30 years. This is a wonderful program the Lord has gifted his church in which sisters watch out for sisters. We are given a sister companion then three to six sisters that we visit and care for each month. The companions and sisters we visit changes from time to time, but the result is the same: love. I have come to love the sisters I teach with and love the women we care for. I feel I can make a difference in this world one person at a time as I share the Savior's love. I have also worked with children and youth. I have always held a responsibility in the church since my teenage years. At times I was the nursery leader for children 18 months to 3 years. I ran the primary organization for a time, responsible for children 18 months to 12 years. I had two women help me as counselors. We made sure children had appropriate religious teachers and training during Sunday worship. Most of my time has been spent with teenagers 12-18 years of age. I have been responsible for religious teachers and training for our young women. At times I was the teacher, at other times I was in charge of the organization and trained women to teach and nurture their young women. One of the ways we help our young women is to offer a summer camp on a yearly basis. I call this the week of no sleep, but lots of fun, love, and gospel principles are shared. Remember when I wrote about seminary? Currently I am in my sixth year of teaching seminary. High school students come together before their school day starts and learn about the scriptures. We teach the Old and New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Church History with the Doctrine and Covenants. Imagine 15 to 20 teenagers at 6:30 am coming together to learn about Genesis or Isaiah. Imagine doing this Monday to Friday every day that school is in session. Think stay awake!

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are Christians. The name of our church tells everyone that we are followers and believers of Christ. Every official act that is done in our church is in the name of Christ. But on a more personal level, I believe that I am redeemed from my sins by Jesus Christ through my personal repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. He is my personal Savior. I love Him. Show more Show less