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Hi I'm Becca

I'm from California. I'm a marine conservation biologist. I'm currently serving a mission in Armenia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up loving the ocean. I love its power, its majesty, how full of life it is. When I was studying for my bachelor's degree in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution my passion developed in a desire to protect and conserve the ocean and all things in it so others could experience my joy as well. I have had several opportunities to share my knowledge with all kinds of people in various settings. Sometimes something I said would pique their interest and their faces just light up; I cherish the feeling of helping them experience that happiness. As a result of my love for the ocean I also love anything to do with the water. Some of my favorite pastimes include snorkeling and surfing, though I am not a daredevil by any means. I like the challenge of surfing and other sports because it pushes me out of my comfort zone, which makes me better. I have never been one to be a pro at any particular sport but I always do my best. On the other end of the spectrum (which actually ties back in to my love for the ocean) I'm a total bookworm. I could sit reading all day if I had the time. I love nearly every genre, though lately I've favored scientific books for the opportunity to learn in a setting other than class or work. Whenever I read these books I can't help but share all I've learned with my family and friends so they can learn along with me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My parents joined the Church when I was 2 years old. We went to church every Sunday, and I participated in some of the activities that were offered. I always felt that I was doing the right thing, but never did the work necessary to KNOW I was doing the right thing. In the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to go to Haiti following the earthquake to volunteer. It was a wonderful experience. While I was there, one of the translators who helped my volunteer group was able to take me to the Church meetings on a Sunday in Croix-des-Bouquets. It was one of the most incredible experiences I'd ever had. Even though many of these people had lost their families and were living in absolute poverty, they were happy. They were not jaded, nor saddened by their trials. They treated me with kindness and love, as their sister, despite my struggling to understand them. Never had I witnessed so powerful the joy that the gospel could bring into people's lives. Seeing how much Christ's Church helped the people of Croix-des-Bouquets caused me to reflect on the Church's influence in my own life. It has provided me with stability and guidance in everything I have ever done from small things such as praying before I eat, to huge things like where I went to college. I could never have been where I am today without the gospel. As I rely of Christ more, the more I find he helps me in my life. As I am more committed than I have ever been, I can scarcely breathe without remembering a blessing that I have in my life because I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving in the Armenia Yervan mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I am speaking Armenian. I have had to leave behind a lot to be here for 18 months (as have all missionaries): my family, my boyfriend, my friends, my job, my school, my home, but I have never been happier. I love spending all of my time learning, teaching, and living the gospel. I have never felt the presence of the Lord so strongly in my life than I do now, and it is just incredible to feel that love and power that he brings. My purpose as a missionary is to help bring others unto Christ. I could not be happier with this purpose, as I have seen so many times in my life as with the people in Haiti and myself how pure the joy is that comes from the gospel. I am just thrilled that I have the opportunity to serve God so fully for this time in my life so I can bring people the greatest happiness there is.