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Hi I'm Rebecca

I'm a book lover, dancer, I earned a bachelor's degree in Theatre and English, I'm a big sister, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a mission for the LDS Church, which means that for 18 months I am dedicating my time 24/7 to preaching the Gospel and helping people find more joy and peace in their daily lives. There is nothing else I would rather be doing right now! Back home, I live in a beautiful college town, and I can't think of anyplace else I'd rather be at this time of life. It's only a ten minute walk to the nearest Japanese restaurant, and a thirty minute walk to my favorite Indian restaurant. I love walking, and I love spicy food! Reading, dancing, and painting are some of my passions; my favorite playwrights are Sophocles and Shakespeare, and I love science fiction and satire. When I visit my little sister, we enjoy singing along to 80s music and watching ballet. I've lived a very active lifestyle, hiking and working with animals, but I also love to do research. Every day, I try to study something fascinating, even though I've graduated from college. Life is all about learning! The most important things in my life are spending time with my family, exploring and traveling with my friends, and helping out in my community. I've suffered from anxiety problems for many years, and these are the things that have helped me through tough times. I have faith that, even when things seem beyond my control, my experiences are a gift which will help me become the person Heavenly Father knows I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, but I come from a diverse religious heritage. My mother joined the Church when I was an infant. My father has never been a member of a church, but he taught me to have respect for all faiths. He taught me that the most valuable things in life are family, integrity, helping others, and being able to see beauty in every aspect of the Universe. I was baptized when I was eight years old, because I knew it was the first step in a path that I wanted to travel, but I don't remember knowing for certain that Heavenly Father watches over us until I was twelve. Alone on a cold, clear night, I marveled at the beauty and order of the stars. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of peace and love; I knew that the same God who understood the vast, complicated heavens also understood me, and cherished me no less than the brightest sun. I have since felt that love and peace on many occasions. It has helped to guide me. I have studied many faiths, including my own, for how could I choose to be a member of any religion without knowing its teachings? Though there are many edifying things in other philosophies, I know beyond doubt that this is the church for me. I know that I am a daughter of God, and all of us are His children. I know that I chose to come to this life so that I could gain a body and learn. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, is our loving brother, and chose to give His life so that we can continue on after death. I know that Christ lives, and loves us. I have felt His love for me, and for the people I meet. I know that Christ established His Church in ancient times, and returned it in modern times through a humble man, Joseph Smith, who devoted his life to serving Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is divine scripture; I have read it, and studied it, and lived by its teachings, and it has not led me wrong. Read it. If you are sincere in your desire to learn, and humble in heart, you will never regret reading that book.

How I live my faith

My faith informs everything I do. I believe that every living soul is of divine origin, and worthy of love. Whether or not people share my religious or philosophical beliefs, my most enduring friendships have been based on a mutual feeling of respect and the idea that every soul is of great worth. In the Church, we have an awesome system of support. I have done my part to reach out to the people I know, when they are having a rough time, and have sometimes been the person who needed and received support. I have made many wonderful friends through this process. My most recent calling in the Church was as a Sunday School teacher, teaching classes to college-age people in my congregation. The first classes I taught were for people who are new to the Church, and it was an amazing experience. Researching and planning the lessons was humbling, and the people who attended class with a passionate interest in learning more were inspiring. Now, I am far away from home, helping people who want to learn more about the meaning of life and our identity as children of God.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Several ways. We can do the things Christ asked us to do. We can pray to the Father in the name of Christ while seeking answers to questions, or seeking help. And as Christ never gave up on us, we can choose to never give up on him. I have had periods of time where I felt that my faith could be stronger, and I know that if you study the Savior's words and apply them in your life, with a true desire for faith and the spirit of charity in your heart, not only will your faith increase but so will your love for Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is doctrine from the Lord which warns us not to partake of tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and recreational drugs. It also tells us to get an adequate amount of sleep and exercise, and keep a balanced and healthy diet. In return, we are promised physical and mental health, in addition to the spiritual growth which comes from obedience to God's word. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Modesty is a way of behavior which reflects a chaste mind. Our bodies are gifts from God, given to each of us to possess and care for. When we respect our bodies as such, we will dress and behave in a way that lets others know we view our bodies as sacred. This isn't to say that we have to wear shapeless, unfashionable, unattractive clothing; far from it. Dress in a way that fits your situation, whether professional or casual, but respect yourself. Children imitate their parents. It is important for parents to teach by example: if you are respectful of others, your children will be too; if you treat yourself with respect, they will learn to do the same. It's also important for children to know that they are beautiful. Knowing that your body is a sacred gift which is worthy of respect, and treating it as such, brings peace of mind which will help you draw closer to the Holy Spirit. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

The 10% tithe that church members pay is an ancient institution. The money goes towards the work and growth of the church. 10% sounds like a lot of money, but what we receive in return is far greater. Tithing is an exercise of faith which produces blessings in every aspect of our lives in which we seek aid through prayer. There have been times in my life when it seemed like a hard thing to pay tithing, but I did so anyway, and soon received blessings in matters which troubled me. I would never give up the privilege of paying tithing. It has increased my faith in our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

We are all of us, every person who has ever lived or will live on the earth, literal spirit children of Heavenly Father. Our loving Father desires that we return to Him after this life is over. When we die, we retain our personalities and move to a different phase of existence. Our spirits are immortal, and we will all be reunited with our bodies through the resurrection; this is a gift from Christ that is not contingent upon worthiness. However, eternal life is different. After the resurrection, we will all be judged according to the acts of our life and our integrity, and rewarded accordingly. People who made a choice not to follow Christ will be given a peaceful reward, but they will not have eternal life. Eternal life is God's highest reward given to those who obey His commandments and follow Christ. God's obedient children who are judged to have lived worthily will proceed to live in His presence and progress throughout the eternities. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement is what makes it possible for us to repent of our sins. An important part of this life is learning to use our agency, and Heavenly Father knew that in the learning process we would make mistakes. Since no unclean thing can dwell with God, He sent Christ as a perfect sacrifice to suffer for our sins in His life, and by His death, which means that if we choose to follow Him and obey His teachings, and go through the process of repentance, God will remember our mistakes no more. When He was resurrected, the door to resurrection was opened to all of us; by the resurrection, we are able to return to our bodies after death, and by the Atonement, we are able to dwell in the presence of God. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, they can be! We believe that the family is the most important unit that exists. We also believe in the binding power of God's authority. There are things we do in this life, such as getting married and having children, which are matters under the laws of mankind. Once we die, the ties of mankind's law are no longer in existence, and yet we continue on as individuals. God's authority, the priesthood, is the authority needed to make ties which will last beyond this life. This power can seal husband to wife, and children to parents, to ensure that we remain in a family with our loved ones after death. In order to receive the blessings of sealing, both husband and wife must be worthy to enter the Lord's temple; such worthiness comes from obeying God's commandments and keeping the covenants we made at baptism. Eternal marriage is contingent upon continued worthiness in both husband and wife. If they keep the Lord's commandments, their marriage and family will continue into eternity. Show more Show less