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Hi I'm Becca Younce

Dancer for 13 years. Lover of backpacking, art history, and the color pink. I'm a full-time missionary & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am leaving my home in North Carolina to serve a full time mission in Mesa, Arizona beginning April 2013! I danced for 13 years, performing in anything from ballet, to even tap and clogging! I have a passion for art history and will continue on to get a degree in it upon returning from my mission. I have spent 6 years employed as a nanny, though one of my favorite jobs so far was when I worked in a little girl salon and spa! Family is the most important thing to me, and luckily my family has really shaped my life for the better! I am child #4 of 6. Both of my parents were baptized into to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as teenagers, and I would not be here without Missionary work and parents that were so attuned to accepting truth when it stared them right in the face! My older siblings are all married, but my parents must have done something right since everyone has stuck around the Raleigh area and comes over all the time! My fondest memories of my childhood all took place on outdoorsy vacations, days at home with my family in our pajamas, and on holidays as we honored or created family traditions! Full-fledged nerf wars are regular occurrences in my house, as are afternoons where we eat mountains of food for 5 hours straight! My favorite food is fried rice, my favorite treat is sour patch watermelons and I love strawberry flavored ANYTHING! Jane Austen movie renditions are just as great to me as Zombie-killing action movies & the color pink RULES!

Why I am a Mormon

I don't have any miraculous or awe-inspiring story of my conversion, but what I do have is very dear to my heart. I grew up in the LDS church and my family has always been very active. At times as a teenager I felt very restricted by the standards and rules of the church, but this was only because I was not caring to understand why such standards had been set. At my lowest point in my Junior year I was struggling with depression and realized I did not have a testimony of the church at all and my resentment of the Church began to grow. Satan was working hard on me to bring me down in many ways, and he might have succeeded if I had not knelt down at my very lowest and darkest moment in prayer. I KNOW that the Lord hears our prayers and understands our suffering and confusion. He was there for me at my lowest point, and he helped me to see the only light I had seen in months. My true conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ began as I felt the Lord hear me and comfort me, and from then on life became more worthwhile and I once again had a heart full of hope. Once I began truly trying to obtain a relationship with God and to gain a better understanding of our brother Jesus Christ deep in my heart, rather than just going through the motions as an obedient daughter, my testimony of this Church blossomed. I KNOW that this church is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the same gospel taught by ancient prophets, and it's teachings are pure. This is the same truth today, yesterday, and forevermore and I hope others can come to feel the same light and happiness that I experience through my activity in the Church and my study of the Book of Mormon. Our Heavenly Father is listening and always wants to hear our prayers! He wants us to ask him if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Book of Mormon, and its teachings are true. Since he loves us, he wants us to know the truth of all things and he WILL answer our prayers. We just have to ask!

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed great friendships within the church and I loved going to youth activity nights just as I enjoy singles ward Family Home Evenings and Institute classes as a young adult! I grew so much in my calling as President of the class of 16-18 year old girls while in high school and I think callings in church, no matter how small, can do wonders for both the church and the individual. I loved having an excuse to get to know so many wonderful girls and serving them in any way I could. Also, while I have been attending a University Singles Ward here in North Carolina the past 3 years I have had some great callings, the most recent of which involved working in the Institute Program. I have a strong testimony that the LDS Institute Program is a powerful tool for every young adult's life and through it not only can you grow in learning and spirituality, but also wonderful friendships can blossom from your participation! I have met so many wonderful people that I would have had no way of knowing without the institute program in Raleigh NC. I hope everyone can come to love and appreciate Institute as much as me!

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Becca Younce
We as Mormons do NOT have to be Hermits! A slogan that mormons often use is to strive to be "IN the world, but not OF the world." The Mormon lifestyle includes regular church activity, performing callings to the best of abilities, personal scripture study and prayer, and an abundance of wholesome and fun time with family (both birth and adopted family!). Family is at the center of the Mormon lifestyle, as is wholesome activity. While the lifestyle is clean, fun can be found in abundance, as can education and activities that uplift the soul. I personally have grown up in the church and I find joy in EVERY SINGLE DAY! Staying pure and clean is not a prison sentence, but rather cleanliness sets us free! Show more Show less