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Hi I'm Bethany

I'm a mom to three boys. I love to garden. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three little boys that keep me on my toes! I have struggled throughout my life with depression, and especially post-partum depression after my children were born. I spend time in my garden to lift me up and love to be with other families and moms. Recently, I have started learning to make wonderful food. I love to grow vegetables and learn about many different spices and traditional foods from across the world. Feeding my family and enjoying the pleasure of a delicious meal is a great joy to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love God. I love His prophets and I love the scriptures. I trust that He has much more in store for me than I know now. When I am really low, feeling the spiritual feelings of being connected to God are a lifeline to me. I have learned, through the Spirit of God, just how much He loves me and is mindful of me. I also know that He expects me to be my best self. Being a Mormon is the way I challenge myself. I am happiest when I am learning about the gospel and when I improve continuously.

How I live my faith

When I have a hard day (because of depression), I can still smile, because I know it is only temporary. That's faith to me. I know that the Lord will turn my trials to blessings as I turn to Him. Sometimes it's hard. But I keep going, trusting in the words of church leaders and the scriptures. When I have the chance to see other members of the church, it lifts me up to talk to them. I can feel God's love for me through their kindness and compassion. I know that God can bless others through my words and the way I treat my family.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Part of the purpose of the church is to teach all of it's members to love and serve one another. Having "church jobs" or volunteer service positions within the congregation provides innumerable opportunities for personal growth and development. This is true both of the spiritual growth we all need and sometimes leadership and other skills that transfer to other areas of life. Because leaders are chosen based on geography, there are sometimes changes to leadership because a family is moving. This provides opportunities to get to know many new people, and learn from many different styles of leadership and personalities. It can also be challenging at times and provide opportunities for patience and problem solving. These are some of the blessings that have come from my service in the church: relief from personal challenges, guidance from God in personal decisions, and many sweet friendships that come from serving together. Show more Show less