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Hi I'm Beth

I'm a bookworm. I'm a grits-loving Southern girl. I'm a fish geek. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm an only child of divorced parents, but I know they both love me, and my mom is my absolute best friend in the entire world. They've both supported me so much as I graduated from high school, as I went to college, where I graduated with a bachelors degree in Marine Biology, as I took piano and organ lessons, and now, as I serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love music and I play piano, organ, and flute, as well as sing. Some people think I'm a nerd because of this, but I love classical music, especially the works of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. I love to listen to it and to play it. As a missionary, I'm trying to learn Spanish, so that I can more effectively communicate with the people I've been called to teach. I'm still not perfect (in fact, I'm far from it), but I love the Latino people and the food is amazing. Una vez oi un misionero a punto de regresar a casa expresar su amor por la gente Latina. Les agradecio la comida y "los tres 't's': tacos, tortillas, y tamales." Me encanta hablar con y conocer los Latinos. Ojala que algun dia sepa mas espanol : )

Why I am a Mormon

I've grown up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I've always been taught the basic beliefs of the church. However, everyone must eventually gain a testimony for him or herself. I remember that I never really doubted what I'd been taught, even though a lot of the other youth had. When I was about 16, I finally read the Book of Mormon all the way through. When I finished, I decided to test the promise made by Moroni (the last prophet to write in the Book of Mormon), who wrote, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." As I knelt to pray and ask about the Book of Mormon, I received an answer. It's hard to explain since there was no physical change or voice to be heard, but I felt in my heart that it was true. That feeling was so strong that there was no doubt that it came from God. As a missionary I've also had many experiences that have strengthened my faith. Growing up, I never really saw the impact that the Book of Mormon or the gospel had on my life. I knew my life would be different without them, but having never lived without them, I had nothing to compare it to. However, as I've spent time serving as a missionary, I've seen the difference that the Gospel makes in peoples' lives. I've had the opportunity to see both the before and after, and the joy that the gospel brings to them. I've seen the power of the Book of Mormon to change lives as well. I'm a Mormon because I know God loves me and I've felt His love as I've lived the gospel and learned the teachings of this church.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That means that I'm currently serving full-time to teach people about Jesus Christ and this church and to provide service to them in various ways. The only pay I receive for this "job" is the joy that comes from seeing other people change and be happier as they come unto Christ. Being a missionary isn't the only way in which I can live my faith, though. Before my mission, I was the branch accompanist (which just means I played piano and organ for our church meetings) in my young single adult branch. I also live my faith by attending church, reading the scriptures, praying, and reaching out to others. I enjoy doing community service because it's one way in which I, like Christ, can serve people, both members of the church as well as those who aren't.