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Hi I'm Rebecca

I'm a proud Southerner. I'm a story-teller. I teach people to love music. I'm a missionary. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a big city in the South and loved it - the diversity there provided so many different ideas, beliefs, and values. I especially loved learning what other people's stories were - I love stories. I love reading them, hearing them, and anyone who knows me will also attest that I love telling them to anyone who will listen. I also love traveling and taking pictures of the people and places that I visit. This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Jerusalem and also travel around Israel, Turkey, and Jordan. I loved that experience - not only because it allowed me to travel to marvelous places and learn about others' stories, but also because going to those places, coupled with an intense study of the Bible, helped me develop a deeper love for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and for His life. Music has always been an important part of my life, which is why I'm a music education major. This past year I conducted a beginner orchestra for people ages 40 and older - it has been one of the most fun and most fulfilling things that I've ever done up to this point. I'm so excited to teach full-time and to help people love music! Graduation will have to wait, though, because right now I'm serving a mission for my church in Taiwan speaking Mandarin Chinese. For someone who likes to talk as much as I do, living in a place where I can't speak the language very well is intimidating to say the least! But I know that "with God, nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37).

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because nothing has given me greater happiness than following God and being a member of His church. That might sound slightly unbelievable, but it's true! I have continuously tried to develop my relationship with Heavenly Father and with Jesus Christ, and living my faith has allowed me to do that more than anything else. I know that They are real, that They love me, and, perhaps more importantly, that They love you just as much. Their love and my faith in Them ennables me more than anything else ever could to meet the daily challenges that life brings. In His famous Sermon on the Mount, the Savior taught His disciples that "every good tree bringeth forth good fruit," and "by their fruits ye shall know them" (Matthew 7:17, 20). This brings me to another reason why I'm a Mormon - because of this church's "fruits," meaning its teachings, its people, and their daily acts of service, I know that it is good. And from prayer, reading the scriptures, and following God's commandments, I now know that it is true.

How I live my faith

Right now I live my faith by serving as a full-time missionary. This means that I wake up at 6:30 every morning, study the scriptures and the Chinese language for three hours, and then go out and teach people about Jesus Christ in Chinese for the rest of the day! Then I come home at 9:00 or 9:30, go to bed at 10:30, and then repeat the same schedule every day for the next year and a half. The schedule is rigorous and even tiring, but my days feel more fulfilled than they ever have before - and I know that other missionaries feel the same way! Being an education major has taught me that when you're the teacher, you also learn the most. This is definitely true of being a missionary and a teacher - as I teach people about Christ, I learn more of Him, which blesses my life tremendously. I also know that my family, and my friends are being blessed as I've been serving - as is always the case, God gives me much more than I could ever give Him. I've only been a missionary for a short time, but I already feel like I've been blessed to love God, His word, and His children more as I've served Him.

What is faith?

Paul teaches us that fath is to "hope for things which are not seen, which are true." One obvious example of this is having faith in God - we don't see Him, but He is a living and "true" being, and we act on our "hope" in Him and His reality. Note how I said that we "act" on our hope - this is where the application of faith comes in. If we believed that God lived, and we felt like He told us to do something that we didn't like, and we didn't act as we knew God wanted us to, is that faith? No, it isn't. When we have true faith, we're willing to act on our beliefs. I'll provide one brief example: When I was preparing to be a missionary, I felt unsettled. I prayed to know why and eventually came to the conclusion that I was supposed to wait to submit my missionary application. I had wanted to go on a mission for almost my entire life, and I had no idea why I was getting this answer. My parents and my friends wondered the same thing - however, I tried to submit myself to God's will and wait. I only needed to wait for about a month before I felt like it was acceptable to submit my application, and I did. This was only a simple act of faith, and yet my life has been so blessed because of it. My decision to wait allowed me to be with my family when they needed me at home, it allowed me to cross paths with my brother on his mission, and, most importantly, when hard times come on my mission, I can look back on this small experience and know that I'm where the Lord wants me to be. Show more Show less