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Hi I'm Bequis

I work with refugee youth and children. I enjoy international food and culture, contra dancing and folk music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Midwest and will always be a Kansas girl at heart, no matter where my path in life takes me. I studied anthropology in Minnesota as an undergraduate and had many world-expanding experiences during those four years (an archaeology dig in the Middle East; studying abroad in Kenya; learning to cook from roommates and friends who knew recipes from many different countries; volunteer work with Hmong refugees and others). I lived in Austria and Germany after college where I served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was incredibly touched by the lives of the people who I taught and served, many coming from all over the globe. Later I moved to the greater Boston area where I explored some different jobs and went to school to become a social worker. I was blessed with a dream job and immensely enjoy my work with refugee children and youth. I am touched by their lives and strength on a daily basis. I have always been interested in being friends with people from all sorts of faith backgrounds and have been involved in interfaith activities throughout my life, as an active participant as well as a leader of events at different times. I have many different interests, with music and dancing very huge (my absolute favorites include contra dancing and live celtic and folk music). I also enjoy cooking and sharing good food with friends, including hosting a curry fest every year which I have tried to keep an annual tradition.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Kansas with parents who shared with me the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I chose to be baptized at age eight and remember a number of experiences in my growing up years that helped me choose to continue to follow the teachings I learned originally from my parents and at church. I have always loved that in the Church, even from a very early age, each of us are encouraged to ask questions and seek from God answers to life's questions. It has been a very special process to ask questions, pray, study the scriptures, and receive answers from God. This is a pattern I have tried to continue throughout my life. I remember going through some questioning times when I was fourteen years old, where I needed to know for myself that God really existed and heard my prayers. My family prayed together daily and I said prayers on my own, but I remember for a time really wanting to know I wasn't just talking to myself. One day, alone in my room, I got on my knees and pleaded to know that my Father in Heaven was real and actually listening. A warm feeling came in my heart and spread throughout the room, and I felt my Heavenly Father was so close, wanting to make sure that I felt His presence and knew of His reality and love for me. I have learned to recognize these feelings again and again as gifts when I feel close to God and I pay attention to these experiences. Often these feelings come when I am trying to live my life in a way that is following the way His Son, Jesus Christ, lived His life. The Book of Mormon, a book of holy scripture that works together to confirm the truths in the Bible, teaches that God reveals truth to individuals through the power of the Holy Ghost. I have come to understand that these feelings of warmth and joy are the influence of the Holy Ghost and can teach me more truths. These warm feelings often guide me to make choices that focus on helping other people and help me feel closer to God.

How I live my faith

Through the teachings of the Savior and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have come to know that we are all children of God, and thus brothers and sisters here on earth. I am imperfect, but I try to live my life so I treat everyone with the love, dignity and respect I have for my birth brother and sisters. I am learning to assume the best intentions in others, give them the benefit of the doubt, forgive, and of course laugh and love together. I find life a joyous adventure when I build and strengthen relationships with my fellow travelers in the journey all along the way. I feel blessed with friends and family and desire to learn from everyone. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, every member of the Church is invited to contribute her/his talents, time and energy in a focused way by having what is known as a "calling". These are volunteer jobs in the Church and can change from year to year depending on the needs of the Church in a particular area. While I have served in many different "callings" in life, I currently serve where I help the missionaries in our area. (Missionaries are most often young men or women, about age 19-25 who provide full-time volunteer service for the Church for a period of two years or eighteen months.) Missionaries teach people who are interested about our Savior Jesus Christ and the Plan our loving Father in Heaven has for families, that families can be united eternally. I love sharing my beliefs about Jesus Christ and His church that is on the earth again. I have had the blessing to visit many different countries. and I have observed that people who enjoy the most peace and happiness in life are those who treat everyone around them in a similar way that our Savior Jesus Christ did. I love that in the Church, we are taught to constantly make changes in our life and utilize the gift of repentance to give up any patterns or actions in our life that are not in line with God's commandments.