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Hi I'm Rebecca

I believe that education unlocks doors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have three sons together. We drag them all over the Northwest to go camping, hiking, and fishing. We want our sons to be more familiar with edible berries and animal tracks than with the latest Wii game. And yet, they're crazy about Star Wars and computer games. Such is modern life. I volunteer in my sons' elementary school, I insist my children read classics like Tom Sawyer and The Hobbit (because I'm still a crazy English major at heart), and I introduce them to such delicious dishes as homemade sushi and falafel. I want my sons to love the world around them. I am still surprised to find myself at home. My librarian career has been put on indefinite hold while I teach my own children how to navigate in this world. And yet I feel that Heavenly Father has reassured me that I am in the right place right now. There is a peace in my decision to take up the moniker of homemaker that I never expected.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon Church, and I continue to go faithfully every Sunday because I firmly believe that the Church builds strong families. I love the Book of Mormon because it testifies to me that the family is central to Heavenly Father's plan for us. I have 5 brothers and sisters, and sometimes, and you should trust me on this, they're kind of crazy. But I am comforted knowing that we knew each other in the life before this one, and we chose together to come to our parents. It makes friendships with my sometimes less-than-favorite siblings go smoother because I am forced to remove my own ego from the equation. Mormons believe that a family can be together forever. And when you believe that your family will be together forever, from now all the way through eternity (a seriously long time), you can't ignore a poor relationship with a brother or let hurt feelings between sisters go untended. You have to look beyond annoying habits and past mistakes and love the person your sibling is right now. When we were younger and would fight amongst ourselves, we always followed it up with the joke, "Don't worry, we're going to be together FOREVER." But as we've gotten older and become real live grown-ups, the old threat of forever has become a sweet promise of the future.

How I live my faith

In my own little family, like most other Mormon families, we set aside Monday night as family night where we play games with our kids, have treats, and teach them our religion. Because they're so little, we keep the lessons pretty simple; like, don't steal, how to stand up for someone, use kind words, you're children of God, and how to recognize when you're doing something good (or bad). Inevitably, I learn along with my children. But my lessons are more adult focused; like, don't steal, even if the checker on accident didn't charge you, stand up for yourself, use kind words on your kids even when frustrated, and that little voice telling you that you're headed down the wrong path is the Holy Ghost and should be listened to. I also serve in the children's organization at church. I love teaching children, and I think that the youth today are fantastic. They're curious, they learn in totally different ways than my generation did, and they are going to surprise us with their goodness.