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Hi I'm Bethany

I'm a missionary, I love music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really enjoy playing, creating, and listening to music. That is my main hobby. I graduated two years ago, and I found myself caught in the difficulty of choosing what to do for the rest of my life. The world provides so many different opportunities that it is hard to just choose one. However, the Church provided me with the ultimate opportunity; that of going on a mission. Since June 19th, 2013, I have been serving the Church on a full time mission in the Philippines, learning to speak a language I really hadn't heard of until I got my mission call! I am thrilled to be about the Lord's work of sharing this fantastic message of Christ and His love for us. I am very passionate about traveling and exploring the world at our fingertips. In Grade 11 I had the opportunity to participate in a 3 month reciprocal exchange to Germany, and have since been back to visit. Seeing the world and living in other cultures has always been an interest of mine, and this opportunity to further my knowledge of both the Gospel and the world is like a dream come true for me. I love the Gospel, and I love this Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this Church. However, that is not the reason I have chosen for myself to continue to be a part of it. I am Mormon because I have found that the Church provides the best moral standard for me, and provides me with happiness when i follow the standards. The search for happiness is one we are all on, and through experience, I can see that when I follow the standards of the Church, and when I am in line with my Father's will, I can feel more happy than when I ignore these standards and when I forget my Saviour. The Church has been a stronghold for me when I have gone through difficult times, and I know that there has always been so much love and support there for me. The more I learn, the more my testimony grows, and the more I realize that the truth is here for us to have. We only have to open the door. Some might argue that it is too fantastic to take in, I think that it just makes so much more sense. It brings me great peace to know who I really am, and that there is a plan for me and for all of God`s children. I love my religion and i love my God, and there is no other way i would have it :)

How I live my faith

To me, faith is not a checklist item. It is something you do every day, until it becomes a part of you. Living my faith sometimes requires a lot of self control, but it comes with so many freeing blessings. I feel freedom in that i am not weighed down by the consequences of negative decisions. Living the Gospel allows freedom like no other. While we withhold from addictive substances, we never have to deal with the trials of addiction. Sometimes living my faith comes to just being a happy person to deal with. I always try to bring a smile with me wherever i go and to whoever I see. Things like saying "thanks!" go a long way! I can really feel the strength of my faith growing when I am asked to do something hard or perhaps inconvenient. When I accept the challenges presented with a faithful and positive attitude, Heavenly Father always blesses me more than I sacrifice. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, and as soon as we exercise even the smallest particle of faith, he rewards us so that our sacrifices change from sacrifice to investment.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Bethany
Wards, Stakes, and Branches are the way that the Church organizes its people so that the teaching can stay consistent and organized. Wards and branches are congregations in the church where a group of people living in the same area come together for their church meetings. A stake is an even bigger area that covers several 'wards'. Each ward or branch has its own leadership, and so does each stake. The ward or branch reports to the stake, and the stake reports to a member of the General Authorities, who reports back to the prophet, so things can stay organized and consistent. Show more Show less