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Hi I'm Becky

I was raised in Fresno, California. I am the only red headed freckled-faced person in my family, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family where I felt pretty different most of the time. The only girl, the redhead, the ball of energy that no one really understood. High school sometimes felt the same way. No one ever really understood why I was so happy all the time. I never really understood it either actually. I just seemed to thrive on positive energy. I participated in color guard, and my high school was pretty competitive. I devoted a lot of time and energy to the performing art, and was able to coach the middle school my junior and senior year. After that, I realized how happy it made me to make other people happy and realized that I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing it. I started to realize that it doesn't really matter if your different or what other people think about you. What matters is that what you do, you do with integrity. Life is about being loyal to the person within you, and expressing yourself in any way you can. Color guard taught me that, and so did the church. Now, I like my red hair. I like that I'm a little different, and I like that I am happy. I now have been attending BYU in Provo for 21/2 years, and going there was the best decision I have ever made. There, we are all striving to discover ourselves and every day another person's uniqueness serves as an example to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but that isn't as significant as why I am STILL a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There have been multiple times throughout my life where I have thought it would be easier if I wasn't so committed to this church. I have come to know for myself though, that it truly is worth the sacrifice we make for it. That it's more than being a part of a church that helps you to do good, it's about being a part of the Lord's gospel, that helps you to do right. I have faith and I know that this gospel is the only true way to happiness. I know that the Lord Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, and that through Him, I can be saved. That knowledge gives me so much hope. That knowledge gives me a reason to get up in the morning and to keep pushing. I am always striving to be better and to do more, and how lucky I am to have someone on my side supporting me through that. I used to not understand why I was so happy. I used to think that there was something wrong with that. But now I understand that it is through this church, and this gospel that I am able to be so happy. And I wouldn't trade it for anything. I am so blessed to have it a part of my life, and I know that if anyone lets the spirit guide them, they will gain the true happiness they are looking for. They will gain the happiness that comes from following Heavenly Father and His commandments, and they will find joy in this life and in the life to come. I have faith that I can always be happy, and that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The church has grown over time to be a huge part of my life, and it's a huge part of who I am. Most of my friends in high school didn't commit a lot of time to their churches but I found myself committing at least 5 hours to it each week. I would go to three hours of church on Sunday, and then youth group (they call it mutual activities) one evening every week. I went to service projects on Saturday afternoon, and sometimes some other commitments early on Saturday mornings. I would be up at 6 am to go to church things and then make it to color guard practice by 9. It was always worth it to me to do these things. They always made me feel better about my week, and I always knew that my time spend serving the Lord was worth it. I still do. Now I serve in callings in my ward that require a few more hours on Sunday mornings, but every minute I spend in the service of the Lord is my way of showing Him that I am committed to His gospel. When I go to church meetings or activities, I always know that I am in a place where I can feel the Savior's love for me, and I can commit to doing better in my life. I'm happy to know that wherever I am, and whatever I'm doing, I can be a part of His work. This brings me great joy, and makes every second I spend doing His work worth it to me.