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Hi I'm Bethany

I'm US Navy Wife. I'm a stay-at-home mom to four kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

"Stay-at-home mom" takes on a whole new meaning when your husband is deployed away from you for months at a time! I am married to a US Sailor, and together we have 4 beautiful children, ages 4 1/2 and under. I love to create-- sewing, paper crafting, etc. I'm not very good at designing my own projects, so I find something someone else has done and evolve it into something of my own. I enjoy music too. I studied English Literature in college which fostered in me a love of good literature. I always enjoy a good play too. Although being a "military wife" comes with unique challenges, I find peace and happiness by living the gospel and relying on Christ to see me through.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this world is scary and evil, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only place in which I have found peace and safety. I know Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. By developing a relationship with Him and learning to depend on Him, I have grown into a strong woman who is capable of handling any challenge that comes, with His help. I know that as I raise my children in the church, where they learn the doctrines of Christ's gospel that they will be safe and protected from the evils of the world that surround them and that they will have happiness. I know the Book of Mormon is word from God. As I study it each morning, I feel my strength renewed. Through it I read examples of people who have gone through trials and learn from their examples how to get through them. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth, who leads Christ's church by His hand. I see so many people who are struggling and lonely and I know that membership in Christ's church can give meaning and happiness to their lives. I want everyone to feel the peace and happiness that comes from knowing that Jesus Christ is their Savior and loves them dearly. I am a Mormon because it is true.

How I live my faith

As a member of the military community, I am one of only a few Mormons that I'm aware of. This gives me many opportunities to share my beliefs with people that have never met a mormon before, or have never even heard of us. Many are receptive and curious and many are not. And that's ok. I appreciate people asking me questions and giving me the opportunity to explain our doctrines and standards. Because I am the only Mormon that many of these people have come in contact with, I make an extra effort to really live my religion and be open about why I do what I do. At church I play the piano in our women's organization on Sundays. Music is such an important part of our worship and I appreciate the chance to contribute to it. I love to teach too, and hope to be able to serve in that capacity someday. :) I also (like every other woman in our organization) have the privilege of visiting 3 women in their homes on a monthly basis to make sure their needs are being met and to discuss the gospel and share our testimonies. It's like having instant friends!

What is being a Mormon like?

Bethany
It is a lifestyle! Not a Sunday-only religion. At first glance, we appear to be just like everyone else. We go to public school, jobs that we may or may not like, our kids' soccer games, and community events. But when you get to know us better you'll see that we're not just like everyone else by a long shot. We strive to be disciples of Christ in our actions and thoughts at all times. We are not perfect, but we keep trying. We study our scriptures and pray daily. We attend lots of church on Sundays, plan and attend activities throughout the week for children, youth, and adults, and spend one night a week teaching and learning about the gospel together as a family. Youth attend religious classes before school every day. We give 10% of our income to Heavenly Father, along with offerings to help take care of people who need help. Young adults and older couples serve missions to help bring people to Christ. We attend the Temple as often as we can to learn more about the doctrines of the gospel. We visit one another in our homes where we build relationships with our fellow members and lift each other up. We spend our time, energy, and resources to serve those around us and those in need across the earth. We do these things because we want to show our gratitude to Christ by following His commands and doing what He would do. And by doing these things, we find true and lasting joy. Show more Show less