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Hi I'm Bethnie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the church in an inter-racial family. My mom's family came across the plains with the Mormon pioneers. My father is a member of the Navajo tribe and grew up on the Navajo reservation. Because of our unique family make-up, I grew up identifying with two very different cultural backgrounds. Both of these backgrounds have shaped my testimony of the Jesus Christ in different but valuable ways. I am trying to teach my children about who they are culturally and how that connects them to who they are spiritually. Because of our Native American background (my husband is also Native American) our family spends a lot of time going to Native American pow-wows. We enjoy this activity immensely because it allows us to connect with people of our own cultural background. It also helps my children remember just one of the ways they are unique and special. I love horses. Throughout my life I have spent hours and hours training, teaching, and learning everything I can about horses. I love to teach riding, especially to children. I also spend a lot of time running. Some of the best thinking time that I have is during a long run. There is something humbling and cleansing for me when I am out by myself pounding the pavement. I use that time to comtemplate my life, my family, and my spirituality. Some of the most profound realizations how come to me during a run.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I grew up in the Church, I never questioned it's truth until my teenage years. My family went through some tough times. My father was in the Navy and spent a lot of time away from home and my mother was often very sick. It was up to me to be sure that my siblings were cared for. There were nights where I was so tired that I would fall asleep on my knees praying to Heavenly Father to help me get through the next day. Those prayers to my Father in Heaven were always answered with comfort and the strength to face another day. It was during that time in my life that I knew, beyond any doubt, that He knew me and my struggles. He was there to comfort me and give me the strength to face the demands of home and school. Because I grew up in this Church, I knew how to pray and I knew that in my greatest times of need, I could reach out to Him and I would receive comfort. Those lessons I learned during my teenage years have stuck with me throughout my adult life. I have also learned the value of turning to the scriptures for answers to my questions. I love the Book of Mormon and the plain truths it teaches me about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the gospel and the comfort and guidance it brings my life.

How I live my faith

Right now I work with the Young Women who attend church with me. It is very fulfilling work. With all the ugliness that our youth are faced with today, it is nice to be able to help these girls learn to make wise choices and learn how to live a Christ centered life. I live my faith every day as I try to teach my children the gospel of Jesus Christ. They will soon be faced with the tough decisions that the world will throw at them and so I am trying to teach them how to make choices that will allow them to remain close to the Lord.