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Hi I'm Beth

I'm a stepmom, an animal lover, a small business owner and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Who am I? I am a wife, a stepmom, an "empty nester" and a bit of a perfectionist. I am a college graduate, a veterinarian, and a small business owner. I am overworked and underpaid and loving every minute of it. I love to sing and work in the garden and eat my homegrown vegetables. I am a certified scuba diver and a volleyball and ice hockey enthusiast. In my limited spare time I enjoy reading and learning new things, like yoga and how herbs can enhance our health. I still want to take piano lessons. The stepchildren have left home, but I have 3 dogs and 5 cats that still need nurturing and they bring unconditional love to our home. I am an overachiever and, like Martha in the scriptures, am often caught up in the doing instead of being still and listening for the Spirit to teach me. In my busy business driven schedule I struggle to make the time to focus on spiritual things as I know I should, but I get up everyday and try to do a little better.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christian home and regularly attended and was actively involved in the Methodist Church as a child and youth. I knew my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ loved me and expected me to keep the commandments. I was an officer in the youth program and worked as a camp counselor in the summers in college and could see the hand of the Lord in my life. I believe that one should "practice what you preach" and live as an example of your beliefs 7 days a week, not just on Sundays. In graduate school, I felt that my Christian friends were not walking the walk and I began to feel uncomfortable with our associations. Looking back, perhaps I was a bit judgmental as each of us is in a different place in our relationship with the Lord; but for me it was a stumbling block that helped me find the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was invited to attend by a friend and felt right at home. I met good people trying to live their faith everyday and striving to build strong families, maintain high standards and help each other. I read the Book of Mormon and compared the principle teachings to those of the Bible and found that it clarified things I had questioned before. I attended church for about 9 months before deciding to be baptized as a member, but that decision has brought great joy to my life. That was 25 years ago and I continue to be a Christian under construction, building on the foundation I received as a child. I have always thought that God loved all of His people the same and wondered why there were no prophets as in the scriptures. I am grateful to know that there is a prophet today and that this Church is led by a prophet of God, and I know that if we will follow his teachings and study the scriptures and prayerfully ask the Lord, we will be guided in what we should do in any area of our lives - personal, family or business. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has helped me set high standards and values for my life and strive to live those values every day. Christians should be honest, respectful, kind to others and of service to our fellowman. As a stepparent, I tried to teach such values in my home. As a small business owner, I have the chance to share those values with my employees and strive to provide exceptional service to each pet owner that comes through the doors of our hospital. Though I haven't been able to have children of my own, I have been blessed with many opportunities in the Church to teach and interact with children through the children's Sunday classes, nursery, and scouting programs. I love teaching the children the stories of Jesus. I also visit the local children's home monthly to play games with children currently away from their home. We also provide a student internship program at the veterinary hospital to provide educational opprtunities for students interested in veterinary medicine. Many of these children I have adopted in my heart. I strive to learn the teachings of the Savior and incorporate them into my life in my interactions with my family, friends and coworkers. I try to be honest and demonstrate kindness in my dealings with all that I come in contact with, especially in my business affairs. I try to keep the commandments and set an example for those I interact with every day. That is the best way I know to live my faith.