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Hi I'm Bethany

I'm a dancer, actress, and lover of all things silly. I'm a wife, daughter, and sister. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Ohio. My dad tells me that even when I was a baby, whenever there was music playing I would be moving. So I when I turned 8, my parents put me in dance lessons, and I was hooked. A year later I saw my first play and I was hooked again! I've been acting and dancing my way through life ever since. I danced competitively growing up and did all of the school plays and musicals. I even stooped so slow as to play Uncle Henry is my 8th grade production of "The Wizard of Oz". But I don't like to think about that much. I recently graduated from college with a BFA in Acting and a minor in contemporary dance. The best part of my college experience, though, was meeting my husband! I met Graham in an acting class and we hit it off. We knew pretty quickly we wanted to get married and with the support of our families we made it happen! We were sealed in the Columbus, OH temple in June 2012 and we've been figuring out the roller coaster that is married life ever since! Besides acting and dancing, I love the outdoors and food. I want to learn how to sew so I can make all sorts of cute things. I guess basically I just love to create!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in college I found myself very unhappy. I was in counseling attempting to better understand why I was depressed and my therapist prompted me to analyze the things that made me happy. I instantly thought of my family - my wonderful parents and six siblings. But what specifically made my family so happy? I knew it was because my parents grounded our family in the teachings of Jesus Christ. At that point I needed to decide whether or not I believed those teachings. I remembered that a youth group leader once told me that if you don't have a testimony and want one, act like you have one, and it will come. So I thought "people who have a testimony probably read the scriptures every day." Once I began searching for the truth, I found it. I was blessed to feel the Holy Ghost confirm that the Bible and Book of Mormon are historical records of ancient people and that Jesus Christ not only visited and taught those people, but He suffered the Atonement to ensure that all of those people, and all the people who live, will find healing, hope and happiness in this life and the next. I think it's natural for the strength of a testimony to change throughout life as you endure different trials and successes in life but for me, even when I feel I'm at my weakest spiritually, I constantly find peace when I turn to God. I find hope. I know that I can live my life as a whole, healed person because Jesus Christ has suffered all things to heal me (and you!). That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the kindest man to ever step foot on this earth. And whether or not you believe He is the Savior, He taught some pretty incredible things and lived a generous and giving life. So for me, I live my faith by living like Christ lived. This means I focus on being genuine, kind, loving, charitable, and non-judgmental. God's first commandment is to love and serve Him, and the second is to love and serve my neighbors. So that's what I try to do! And I tell you what, I am NOT perfect at it. But I keep trying to be a little better every day and I know God is proud of me. I believe that through Christ's Atonement we are given the ability to hope. His death meant that our death in this life is not the end. We can hope for a better life in this, and the next. I strive every day to bring that hope to those around me in any way I can. Being a Mormon also means some commitment. My husband and I go to church every Sunday, whether or not it's convenient. We had the opportunity to teach Sunday School together in our last ward which was a great experience. I've also served with the women in the church and I hope that I'll have the opportunity to teach the young women in the church one day - they're just so awesome! I give 10% of my income to the church which helps build new church buildings and temples. I also live the Word of Wisdom - which means I don't drink coffee, tea, or alcoholic beverages and I don't smoke.