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Hi I'm Bethany

I grew up an Air Force brat. And now? I'm serving a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up as the daughter of an airman, I've attended schools all over the country. I loved seeing how many different ways people in different places saw the same events, especially in the history of our own nation. In high school, I became the epitome of a History Nerd. My other great passion in life is music--you name it, I've probably heard it. And liked it. I love to sing, and joined the school choir when I was 13. I stuck with it until I graduated, and now I still sing for church choirs. Somewhere along the line I realised that as much as I like learning, I love teaching others even more. So when I graduated high school I immediately started college, working towards a degree in History Education. But now I'm taking a break from all that to teach something even more dear to my heart-- the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

To begin with, I was really only a Mormon because my parents were. Growing up though, the Church became a great source of happiness in my life. As a kid, I moved pretty often; but no matter where I went there was always the Church there. The people were always happy and welcoming, and it seemed like I had an instant support system wherever I lived. What amazed me most though, was that every place I went they taught the same things. In high school, however, I realized that it wasn't doing anyone any good for me to keep going to church if I didn't really believe it. So I set out to find out for myself--I studied both The Bible and The Book of Mormon, even the early church history! Then one day I knelt down and prayed about it all. The witness I received that day, and have continued to receive, helped me know for myself that it was all true and right. I'm a Mormon, because I know that it's true. I know that I have a Heavenly Father, who loves me despite all the stupid mistakes I make. I know that He sent His Son--my brother--to give His life so that one day, with His help, I could overcome all those stupid mistakes. I know that The Book of Mormon really is the word of God, written to be a companion to The Bible and to give me and anyone else who reads it knowledge, strength and comfort. And how on earth could I know all that and not be happy? That's what this Church means to me: happiness despite all the hard moments in life, and peace despite all the storms.

How I live my faith

Well currently I live it in much the same way other Christians do. My days usually start with a prayer for the patience to make it through another Monday or midterm or whatever the case may be. I'm also active in my ward (congregation). I'm the 'Sunbeams' teacher, which means I have the wonderful opportunity to teach the 3-4 year old children about how much their Heavenly Father loves them! I sing with the choir all year, too. In a few weeks, however, I'll be living my faith in a much more active way--by serving a full-time mission for the Church. That means moving more than 1000 miles away from home and hitting the pavement, looking for people I can share this beautiful gospel message with!