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Hi I'm Rebekah H.

I'm a redhead. I love my family. I love the gospel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 22 years old, I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, 7th of 8 children who were all home-schooled by amazing and caring parents. I work as a Registered Nurse in Assisted Living and soon I will start a new job as a nurse in Med/Surg at a local hospital. I have many hobbies and interests - I love ice skating, playing soccer, volleyball, I love to bake good food (especially pie... mmmmm!!!!), I love dancing and playing piano, spending time with good friends, listening to good music, but most of all, I love spending time with my husband. I have been married to him for 2 years now. We met in a PE class at the college and fell in love at first sight. I knew that was it. However, there was a problem, because he was not LDS and I was. I had very firm goals of getting married in the temple for time and all eternity, and would not even date someone who did not have that goal. (You marry who you date, my Dad always said). Miracles happened and after many prayers and experiences six months later he was baptized a member of the church. A year later, my dreams came true and we were married in the Portland Temple. The two years since then have been perfect. I had no idea that two people could work so well together. I have since finished nursing school and am currently working on a Bachelors Degree. He is working towards his degree in Mechanical Engineering. We both love our families and are blessed so much with everything we need.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a faithful LDS family who taught me to read from the Book of Mormon as one of my first books. This foundation, together with my parents' loving guidance and weekly church attendance instilled in me a love for the gospel and for Jesus Christ and what he has done for me. I believe strongly in the values that are common threads in the gospel - those of building strong families, patterning our lives after Christ, serving others, being prepared for trials that may come, taking care of our bodies, and constantly striving to be better. Everything in the gospel teachings makes sense and explains the lingering questions of "who am I", "where do I come from", and "where am I going"? I have never had a doubt in my mind that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church on this earth established by Jesus Christ himself and restored to these Latter Days by Joseph Smith, who was a true and living prophet of God. I love how we have a living prophet who leads and guides the church today, under the direction given by divine inspiration. I love how perfectly the church is organized. I especially love the blessings of the temple, where families can be united forever for time and all eternity, and where death does not part the loving ties built in this life. I know that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ if we follow his plan of salvation, and pass this test of life in a manner pleasing to them. This gospel means everything to me.

How I live my faith

I have a current calling in my ward as a Primary Chorister. I work with the children of the church and teach them songs about gospel topics - Jesus, the atonement, being kind to others, loving those around you, etc. I try to make it fun for them and instill in them a love of music and singing and a love of the gospel as well. It is great to work in this calling. Apart from that calling, I remain available for church service opportunities wherever I can.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Rebekah H.
Mormons do not need paid clergy. Mormons are called to positions to serve in the church by their local and regional leaders who get divine inspiration in the matter. They may not have experience or expertise in the areas they are called to serve, but God blesses those who serve with the abilities to succeed in their callings and bless the lives of those around them. Members of the church serve willingly because they know that it is in support of the truth and a divine call from the Lord. It is not a career to serve in the church, but an opportunity to develop yourself and serve the Lord by doing your best. As Christ himself said "If ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40). This is how the church is organized, and how it runs so smoothly. Because we want to serve the Lord. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Rebekah H.
The typical Mormon church services is three hours long, separated into hour long blocks. The first hour is called Sacrament Meeting, where everyone is congregated in a chapel. There are opening/closing prayers given by members who have been asked to give the prayers, everyone sings songs from the hymn book, there is a small portion of the meeting where the Sacrament is passed out (similar to communion), and then two to three talks are given by church members who have been asked prior to the meeting to present about particular gospel principles or church topics. When Sacrament Meeting is over, the next hour is Sunday School. There are various classes available for each age group and a teacher leads each class in learning and discussing aspects of the gospel. Generally, Sunday School is more interactive and age specific. The third hour of church is divided into the mens group (Priesthood meeting) and the womens group (Relief Society). The youth (age 12-18) go to Young Mens or Young Womens meetings, and it is another class-style setting where there is interaction and discussion throughout. For the last two hours of church, the children (through age 12) go to Primary, where there is class time and singing time. Visitors are always welcome to any and all meetings. Members are only too happy to help guests find their way and answer questions. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Rebekah H.
A husband and wife can be together forever through the blessings of the temple here on earth. There are many many temples, and those who enter the temples must be worthy church members. Inside, a husband and wife are sealed together for time and all eternity. This creates eternal ties towards each other as well as any children that follow in the relationship. The idea of sealing families together is not an unknown concept. Jesus Christ gave this power to his disciples when he was on earth. He says in Matthew 16:19 "And it will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." The process does not end immediately after a temple marriage, but that ceremony begins the life of a couple with a new perspective on relationships - it will not end, but has the potential to last forever depending upon their faith and continuing obedience. Eternal marriage is amazing, and is the best gift to couples who really love each other. I thank Heavenly Father every day for allowing me to have a temple marriage and be able to be with my sweetheart for time and all eternity, not "til death do we part." Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Rebekah H.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was founded by Jesus Christ himself. It is the church that Christ organized during his time on earth, which dissipated after his death and the deaths of his disciples. Then came the Dark Ages, the time where the truth was not fully on the earth. In 1820, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to a 14 year old boy, Joseph Smith, and through the years, restored the Church of Jesus Christ on this earth again, making the fullness of the gospel available to those seeking for the truth. Because it is the restored church, it is called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - but in all respects it is the same church that Christ organized during his time on earth. It is not the church of Joseph Smith, it is not a church created by mere whim, but a church directed by our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ and brought forth in these modern times to bless the lives of countless people and guide us all to the path that will lead us toward eternal life. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Rebekah H.
The Word of Wisdom is the Lords Law of Health given in a revelation to Joseph Smith the prophet. The Word of Wisdom is a set of commandments to follow that apply to the care and keeping of our physical bodies that in turn will strengthen us and also strengthen our spirits. It states what not to do to our bodies, and also what to do to our bodies. In the Word of Wisdom, the Lord states not to consume coffee or tea, alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs. He also states to get a proper amount of sleep and eat fruits and vegetables and grains to take care of our bodies. The revelation was given in 1833, years before scientists learned that many of those prohibited substances are actually harmful to the human body. This revelation stands as a testament to me that God really cares for his children, and his commandments are there for our own well-being and not to be restrictive. Those who obey the Word of Wisdom are truly blessed. Show more Show less