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Hi I'm Rebecca

I'm a physiology major at The University of Arizona, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm Becca! I love running and exercise. I also love medicine and hope to become a doctor one day. Right now I'm a little over half way through with my undergraduate studies, and soon I'll start preparing for the MCAT (AHH!). I like cooking, school, spending time with my three beautiful nieces, and just generally enjoying life! I'm a convert to the church, and was originally raised catholic. When I moved away from home for college, I discovered the church and fell in love with the strong sense of community and the christlike attributes of the members. I was baptized six months later. It's been over two years now, and I've never been happier. Life is still hard and bad things still happen, but now I never have to suffer alone. I love being a part of such a great mission and pray I can accomplish all the things the Lord wants me to on this earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I was ready to learn about the fullness of the gospel, and the Lord called me to do so. When the Lord calls, you'll eventually answer, one way or another-- like Jonah and the whale. I got baptized because I didn't want the Lord to have to stick me inside the belly of a whale before I would listen to him. I wanted to be obedient to my God. I continue to live this gospel to the best of my abilities because I have discovered the happiness and freedom it can bring. I know that Jesus Christ is my savior, and that without his atoning sacrifice, I would not be worthy to enter into the presence of my heavenly father. I know that following the words of the prophets of old and new will help me grow closer to my heavenly father, and that as I strive to keep The Lord's commandments, I will be blessed immensely.

How I live my faith

Living your faith is about setting a good example to those around you, and working diligently to have as many christlike attributes as possible. Living your faith is about helping your neighbor and loving your neighbor more than yourself. It's about selflessness and giving. In my life, I work very hard to think first about the needs of others, instead of about my own needs. Following the commandments of christ and standing up for what I believe in is also important to me, in living my faith. Finally, expounding on my callings in the church, no matter what they may be or how unqualified I may feel, is another important aspect of being part of God's church.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

The thing I think of when asked the question "what is a Mormon lifestyle like" it this: fun! The church officially calls it having joy, and the scriptures talk all the time about having joy in christ, but I think often people don't experience that joy in its fullness. The Mormon lifestyle may seem rigid or boring, but in fact it's the total opposite. From ugly sweater contests to a particularly funny Sunday School lesson, Mormons truly do live with the joy of Christ inside them. This is not to say that Mormons never go through trials. In fact, it's probably the opposite. The Lord tests us all the time, because he loves us and wants to help us grow. But nevertheless, there is always someone around in the church to help you carry your burdens and make life more joyful, whether that person is a member or just the constant companionship of the holy ghost. The Mormon lifestyle is one that will not only help you learn about Christ, but will also help you feel or his joy and his spirit. Show more Show less