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Hi I'm Rebecca Barnes

I was born and raised in Alaska. I enjoy the outdoors. I am a singer and dancer and a life enthusiast. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student. I am studying to be an elementary teacher. I have a passion for learning and helping. I want to help children to learn and grow and be inspired by the life they have been blessed with. I enjoy being in the outdoors and I am often found hiking, fishing, swimming or hunting. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Alaska. Starting in May of 2016 I will be serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I will be serving in Oregon and speaking Spanish. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our Heavenly Father and His children. I was born into the gospel of Jesus Christ, and my strength is in Him. I am a singer and dancer and I thoroughly enjoy the arts. I also enjoying reading and writing. Writing helps me to express my thoughts to the best of my abilities. I enjoy learning and gaining new insight. There are so many things in this beautiful world to learn about and it is exciting. It is basically impossible to be bored with so many wonderful things to learn and do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. But that is not why I am a Mormon. I was not forced to get baptized, I was given the choice. I have NEVER regretted getting baptized. This is my religion and I love it. I am grateful to be a Mormon because I have the true knowledge that Jesus Christ is real and that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me. I am grateful for the knowledge that I can repent be forgiven for my sins. I am grateful to be part of this wonderful church and to know that no matter where I go in this world, if I go to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I will always be taught the same thing even if I don't understand the language. This gospel means the world to me. My life would have no point or meaning to it if I was not a member of God's church. I am grateful to be able to go to church and be surrounded by others who have the same standards as me. I love the commandments of God. That may seem crazy to some people because the church is so strict, but I know that if God has given me rules to live by, I need to follow them and they will help keep me out of harms way. I am grateful for the commandments because they help making choices that much easier because I will already know what is wrong and what is right and I won't have to worry about messing up if I follow them. And if I do make mistakes my Savior is still there waiting to forgive me and welcome me back with open arms.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be an example of Christ. I try to include others who may feel left out, because I know I don't like being left out. I pick people up when they fall down and try to help in anyway I can to bare their burdens and make their trials easier. There is a song I learned when I was little and it says "I'm trying to be like Jesus; I'm following in his ways. I'm trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say. At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice, but I try to listen as the still small voice whispers, love one another as Jesus loves you. Try to show kindness in all that you do. Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought, for these are the things Jesus taught." Our Savior was always charitable, always helped those around him, and always did what was right. He was the perfect example. I try to live that same lifestyle and serve and love those around me.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Rebecca Barnes
Family is very important to Mormons. Our families are not just random people living in our homes that we might bump into from time to time. Families are put here together to grow together, to learn together and to support and love each other. As Mormons we believe that family is a central and an important part in God's plan for us, His children. He loves us and wants us to be happy so he put us in a family unit. Although we cannot choose the family we are born into or the conditions we are born into we have the choice to create strong and happier families each day. We believe that through families we can return to live in our Heavenly Father and Saviors presence again one day. Show more Show less