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Hi I'm Becca

I'm a mom, a high school teacher, a Dutch speaker, a baker of the naturally-leavened loaf, and a lawyer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My early years were characterized by light and dark. I experienced the divorce of my parents and a home marred by pornography and sexual abuse. But I also enjoyed the hope and peace that the gospel of Jesus Christ provided. My mom, a convert to the LDS faith, led out in church activity. And my dad, even from afar, taught me the marvelous freedom that comes from the power to choose righteousness. One night, while I was studying from the book of Matthew, I felt a remarkable conviction that I would eventually serve a full-time mission. With a sense of being known and valued by my Father in Heaven, I set my sights a little higher. I attended Brigham Young University and not only experienced a great measure of spiritual comfort and healing, but also obtained a B.A. in English with a certificate in high school teaching. I also served a mission to The Netherlands. It was there that I confronted my fear of cows, learned to ride a heavy Dutch bike against the wind, and taught the restored gospel with my heart in my throat every single day. Coming home, I saw that the Lord's peace had blessed not only me, but also my family. Once home, I got married, and we moved away for our graduate studies. Studying law taught me to value clear thinking and sound reasoning. Following graduation, however, I gave up a State Court of Appeals clerkship, when I finally got pregnant. I am now home with 3 energetic kids, and find myself to be more fulfilled than I have been in my entire life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. One of my mission companions once defined happiness as "true progression." I think this is an excellent definition. I am never more happy than when I feel a sense of meaningful forward movement in my life. As a goal-oriented person, I set personal goals to be fit, to be a better correspondent, to teach my kids to read . . . and so on. But the one goal which remains constant and deserves my devoted attention is that of coming to and becoming like my Savior Jesus Christ. When I was in college, I was overwhelmed by final exams and felt unable to move forward because it all felt so immense. My dad paid me an unscheduled visit and told me a story about his mother, who was a practical, faithful woman. He said as a kid he marveled at how much she was able to do while his dad worked a lot. He noticed that she just did little things bit by bit - what he called the A to B to C principal - and by doing small pieces at at time, accomplished great things. It meant so much to me at that time in my life - both that my dad visited and that I received advice that taught me how to conquer huge obstacles as long as I could figure out where to start. In my daily decision-making, I feel far removed from "sainthood." But I understand what I am striving for, and it is the goal, and the feeling of progress towards that goal, that makes me happy. Being a Mormon asks everything of me. Being a covenant member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requires a sacrifice of time, money and self-interest. But my faith gives me everything, too. It shows me the path back home to my Father in Heaven and gives me the keys to unlock the gates along the way. In many ways, it's the quiet moments that matter the most: and it's in those moments of sincere and honest reflection that I feel a sense of certainty, stillness, and of being known and valued by my God. I marvel to see the hand of the Lord in my life, showing me the way forward.

How I live my faith

As a kid, I was so shy that being spoken to by someone would cause me to blush purple. But the opportunity to participate in church activities has given me confidence and an understanding of my eternal self-worth. In college, I was called to serve as the President of the women. I organized the sisters to minister to each other in companionships. I worked with the Bishop and other leaders of our congregation to accomplish the spiritual goals we set to meet the needs of the students during their college education. When I was in law school, my husband and I co-taught high school students the Old and New Testaments for two years of early morning study. 5 am during a Minnesota winter was a dark, cold time of day, until we gathered with the youth to discuss the scriptures. I have also served as the President of the Young Women's organization, leading 25 girls ages 12-18. We planned activities geared toward strengthening their faith in Jesus Christ, self-reliance, and sense of their divine nature. One such activity was a Heritage Hike - a 15 mile trek from historical sites in St. Paul along the Mississippi River to the St. Paul Temple. We likened the trek to the journey we make in our lives, requiring sacrifice, faith, endurance and charity, each of us with the Savior as our companion. My scariest calling was as ward choir pianist - because I do not play the piano well! It was a calling that required a great deal of faith - faith that the Bishop who called me to that position was inspired of God and faith that God would bless me with the ability to perform adequately. My faith was not in vain. I am currently serving as the President of the children's organization, where we are learning that we are all children of God. In two weeks, the children will teach the entire congregation what they have learned this year in their annual primary program. They will each invite a friend from the community to join them for their program and an open house afterwards.