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Hi I'm Bente

I grew up in Texas. I am a wife and a mother of three amazing kids. I am a student. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a danish name, Bente (ben-tuh), yet I was born in Puerto Rico. I have always had to put the pronunciation of my name on name tags for events because no one gets it right. My husband said my name right the first time after hearing it and I tell him that's why I married him! We have been very happily in love and married for more than ten years. He is my best friend. We have three incredible children, two boys and a girl. They keep us busy and teach us daily how to stay fun. I am currently going to college to get a degree in psychology and am loving everything I am learning, although my family doesn't appreciate me evaluating them! We face hard times and I know that I can get through all of them because of my family's love and support, and my family would not be what it is without the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my entire life and I have never doubted that I should be, I have struggled and tried other ways of living, but I have always known in my heart that being Mormon was right. I lost my Dad in a helicopter crash at the very young age of 4. My mother was left with four young children, and a devastated little family. Growing up without a dad was difficult at times and caused me to question a lot about life, but there were plenty of things I never had to question, like where my dad was, if I would ever see him again, or if he knew me and loved me as I got older. I never had to question these things because I felt him with me during the most crucial times in my life, right next to me whispering words of encouragement or love or truth. I am Mormon because I know that being Mormon has supplied me with all the knowledge and truths that answer all of the tough questions about life. It gives me strength and self control in a world that teaches people to give up when things get difficult and to never tell yourself no. Being Mormon puts me as close to God and my Savior Jesus Christ as I can be by teaching me to become like them. It allows me the opportunity to know that I am constantly getting better, and I can show that to my children and pass it on from one generation to another.

How I live my faith

I currently organize the music in my Ward. I get to find out who in the Ward has musical talents and I get to give them opportunities to share them with everyone by singing in church, playing the piano or organ, or participating in the Ward Choir. I love music and enjoy bringing peaceful and inspiring feelings into our meetings through the power of good music. I have also been able to help a young autistic boy in our Ward. I have a nephew who is similar and I know the challenges that parents have to try to attend church with a child who simply cannot. I love that our Church tries to help and love every circumstance in order to provide spiritual growth for everyone. The time I get to spend with this young boy teaches me so much about the Savior and His love for us, and it also teaches me how to love. I enjoy everything I do and have done with my involvement in church activities because it brings people into a great big support group and teaches us how to think about more than just ourselves and to serve the way that Christ did when He lived on the earth.

What is being a Mormon like?

Bente
Being a Mormon is awesome!! You always know that wherever you go you have people who will help you and get to know you and who believe and value the same things. It is a giant world-wide support group for life. Every tough time or tragedy or disaster has a huge group of people in it to help you through it. I love being a Mormon because am loved and cared for and I learn to love and care for others. Mormons like to help, like to lift, like to love, and like to have activities with fun and food! Being a Mormon teaches joy and happiness in its purest and cleanest forms, which are the truest and most lasting forms of joy and happiness. Show more Show less