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Hi I'm Rebecca

I grew up in a small town. I eat peanut butter with my ice cream :) I love to write. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior in college, studying Family Life with an emphasis in Human Development. I love it because it pulls in so many different disciplines--everything from linguistics & anatomy to psychology & culture. I love to learn new things. This summer I married my best friend & college sweetheart. I recently got back from the Philippines, where I learned Tagalog and served as a missionary for 18 months. It was an amazing, life-changing experience and really changed my perspective on a lot of things. I love learning about different people and cultures. Things that make me happy are: My family, the ocean, Mexican food, handwritten letters, gooey brownies, A Cappella, G-Rated movies, stickers, scavenger hunts, country swing dancing and Disney music. I'm a fan of the oldies. I especially love musicals like "The Happiest Millionaire," "Sound of Music," "Court Jester" and pretty much anything funny and uplifting. I grew up in a small town in central Utah, the oldest of four girls in my family. I did 4-H and gymnastics growing up and ran cross-country in high school. I love to sing, play the piano, and write creative nonfiction.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a strong Latter-day Saint home where my parents raised me with traditions such as daily family prayer and scripture study. I attended church weekly where we were taught about Jesus Christ and how to follow His example. Over the years, through a process of trial and error, I've gradually become more familiar with how to receive specific guidance through the Holy Ghost to direct my life. I now have a strong conviction that my Heavenly Father really does listen to and answer my prayers. The Book of Mormon has played a huge role in this. Throughout my youth, I participated in church youth group activities as well as seminary (religious training in high school), which really uplifted me and anchored my belief in the doctrines of the church. I believe with all my heart that our loving Heavenly Father restored this church through a living prophet. Through living the principles of the gospel, I've proved to myself that it is true. It leads to a more abundant life. I'm a Mormon, because it's just an easier way to live. My family and relationships have been so blessed by it. It's like an anchor--I have more self-respect; I don't feel a need to compromise my standards in order to feel accepted. Sure I still have problems and challenges, but I'm happier and more motivated. I'm so grateful to belong to this church. I wish everyone could be a part of it. My faith in the church has also been strengthened through my college education, where I've discovered ways that popular culture/media has it all upside down. There are man-made ideas about "how to be happy" that are ingrained in our way of thinking, but that DO NOT match up to how things really are. Most of the problems in our society are simply a result of unhealthy trends in the world's culture that have evolved over time. It's really refreshing and liberating to recognize that :)

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by praying and reading the Book of Mormon everyday and by being active involved at church. I play the piano for meetings, participate in visiting/strengthening other sisters, and sometimes teach or help with activities. I also love to visit the temple often, where I can take a step out of the rush of every-day routine and feel the peace and joy that comes from serving there. Another way I live my faith is through missionary work. I gave up 1 1/2 years away from school and work, to serve as a missionary in the Philippines at my own expense. It was challenging but absolutely fulfilling, and I developed a deep love for the Filipino people. Now that I've returned home, I still try to be a missionary when opportunities arise to share about my faith with others. I live my faith by constantly striving to develop Christ-like attributes like charity, humility, and patience. I'm not perfect, and neither are any of the members, but that's the thing I love best: everyone is striving together. I know that whenever we make mistakes, the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes it possible for us correct those mistakes and move on. The purpose of the Atonement is to help us overcome weaknesses. Like climbing a ladder, we may occasionally slip and fall. But as long as we don't give up, we'll get there. It's never too late to start out on a clean slate.