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Hi I'm Rebekah Miner

I grew up in Texas. I love traveling, studying abroad, and will soon serve a church mission. I'm a Mormon and I love it!

About Me

I absolutely love travel! It is one of my goals to travel the world, and I started that goal by studying abroad to London and Paris. There is so much culture and history waiting to be discovered and experienced! I am serving a Spanish-speaking mission this February and am super excited to go and preach the gospel to all the wonderful people I will meet. I'm child #8 out of 9 children and I spent the majority of my life growing up in Texas. I've been to seven schools in my life before I moved to Utah my sophomore year of high school and was elected Senior Class President at my high school. I go to college and am currently pursuing a degree in Technical Writing and Multimedia. I love photography, design, reading books every chance I get, and I am always working on new projects and trying to acquire new skills. I am learning to play piano, and I love outdoor activities such as caving, climbing, hiking, sledding, etc. I am definitely a people-person and love to get to know as many people as I can. I wear neon pink in the dead of winter, can be loud and out-spoken, and play pranks on my friends all the time.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that did not attend church regularly—I was an "in-active" Mormon. I was one of 4 other students in my jr. high and high school in Texas that was a member of my church right and I was smack in the middle of the "Bible Belt". About two years before my move to Utah, I began to go to church on my own (my father would come with me sometimes) and made the choice to be an active member of the LDS church. About this same time of year, several of my closest friends and I were picked up after school by someone we thought was our friend. We thought we were going to a pool party but we were taken to a house, with 40 people in the backyard. The door was locked behind us, bad things were done to my friends and I—my friend had vinegar poured in her eyes, my feet were burned, food and other things were thrown at us and we were "Hazed" for about 2 hours. All the while these people yelled obscenities and references to me being a Mormon and to my friends and I being the good, religious girls that needed to be taught a lesson. They tried to deter me from my religion and being a good girl by hurting me, but it had the opposite effect. I was in a wheel-chair for several weeks and spent that summer in Utah alone at my grandma's house. I made friends there, studied the scriptures and decided I would devote my life to my religion. I moved to Utah 5 years ago and am active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and it has completely changed my life. I used to think most LDS people were weird, but being involved in this church has given me more happiness than I had the previous 16 years of my life combined. It is unreal how much my life has changed and how many doors have opened simply from reading my scriptures and trying to know as much as I can about this religion and where I came from before this life and where I will go when I die. My happiness from this church has made me want to serve the people around me as much as I possibly can. I love this church!

How I live my faith

Currently, I am 5 days away from leaving on my church mission to Chile! I am the third child in my family to serve and teach the people of Chile, so Chile and the Chilean people hold a really special place in my family's heart. I had a feeling when I moved to a new YSA (young single adult) ward that I would be a teacher for the girls at my church, and that's exactly what I was asked to do. I taught all of my girls in my ward every couple weeks about the teachings of the modern-day prophets. I am not a person that likes to talk in front of others but I absolutely loved it—it was unbelievable how fun teaching others was. When I taught, I would read from the scriptures and tell a lot of stories from my own life about faith, hope, charity and the importance of families and by teaching these things, I too learned more about these principles. I also have girls in my apartment complex that I visit several times a month and bring treats to. This is called visiting teaching, and by visiting girls in my area often I made so many friendships and learned so much about the people around me. In the past, I have organized events for my ward and for six different wards at the same time—events like dances, game nights, dinners, and more. I have made most of my friends through service in my church and have learned that I am in Utah and a Mormon for a reason. God has blessed me in serving others and other's service to me through my church have blessed my life immensely.