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Hi I'm Bekki

I'm a business college student, an amateur photographer, a vinyl music lover and an outdoor enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born first of four children to loving parents in the Sunshine State and have been in love with sunshine ever since. Family and respect have always been the top priority of our house. My dad, who was an Army Ranger, trained us to address our elders as “sir” or “ma’am” and showed us the importance of respect by the way he treated us and my mom. My mom showed us the importance of the gospel and having the Spirit always a part of the home. For as long as I can remember my parents have said “friends come and go, but family is forever.” This mentality helped us to grow together throughout the years and I am so thankful that my five best friends are my family members. When I was in the sixth grade, my family moved to Puerto Rico where I became fluent in Spanish.This experience awakened a love of new cultures. Since then I have traveled around the world and enjoyed finding new perspectives and learning more about the way other people live. I spent some time in India teaching English to children from the Himalayan tribes. This was another life changing experience which brought about a desire in me to make a difference, both to those people living in impoverished nations and those people living in spiritual poverty. I love to wander the mountains and enjoy all the beautiful creations our Father has given us. My alone time usually consists of burning incense, meditating, listening to my vinyl collection, taking photographs or reading. In January I leave on my mission to Mexico.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that this life is one big treasure hunt to find happiness. I am a Mormon because I have finally found happiness in my Savior and in His Gospel. I grew up going to church with my family. During high school and a little bit of college I struggled with a loss I had in my life. I went numb to cover up the pain, which ended up blocking out all emotions. I went looking in a lot of the wrong places to find a happiness I had once known. The dark days continued to prove that the only place I could find happiness would be if I opened my heart to my Savior. This was a harder and longer process than I thought. But nothing that’s worth it is ever easy. I studied my scriptures every day and prayed to find peace. Through the hardest nights I came to know my Savior and Redeemer. I know that He is the Fountain of all Happiness and He can heal all those who believe on His name. His Atonement has brought me more peace and joy than anything the world as to offer. I feel this peace when I read the Book of Mormon, when I listen to the prophet, when I go to church, when spend time in the temple and when I communicate with Him through prayer. There is no doubt in my mind that this gospel is true. I am so thankful that I have come to know that I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father and I am on this earth for a specific purpose. Even though life still brings hard days, it is such a blessing to know my Savior is beside me and I am never alone.

How I live my faith

Every day I try in to live in a way where I can bring people closer to Christ. I used to be a perfectionist and got mad at myself whenever I made a mistake. One day I was reading The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox and came across a quote that changed my attitude. “He’s not waiting for us to be perfect. Perfect people don’t need a Savior. He came to save his people in their imperfections. He is the Lord of the living, and the living make mistakes. He’s not embarrassed by us, angry at us, or shocked. He wants us in our brokenness, in our unhappiness, in our guilt and our grief.” –Sister Chieko Okazaki. After reading this I realized that I didn’t need to constantly be worried about being perfect. All I needed to do was put my trust in the Lord and do my best (with His help, of course) and everything would work out. Since then I have found that it is much easier to live my faith. I have served in stake and ward leadership positions within the Church and have felt the Lord’s help as I do my best within the calling. I am currently waiting to leave for my mission. I know that the next 18 months will not be easy, but I am so thankful for the chance to leave worldly things behind and just focus on the gospel and bringing others to the same happiness I have found.