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Hi I'm Rebecca Renée

I am a full-time missionary in Italy. I have dual citizenship in the U.S. and Switzerland. I studied music. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time missionary in the Italy Milan mission! I am half-Swiss and half-American. I grew up on the East Coast, and attended school in Switzerland as a young girl. I embrace cultural diversity, and am fascinated by other ways of life. I am energized by socializing. I studied music performance at Brigham Young University, with an oboe emphasis. I feel fulfilled when I perform and share music with people. As a student, I relished studying and learning about the world, people, and ideas. I enjoy writing my thoughts, feelings, ambitions, theories, views, observations, and my testimony in my journal.

Why I am a Mormon

One night when I was about thirteen, I was laying in bed reading the scriptures. I was reading about the time Jesus Christ came to the Americas to visit the people after He had been crucified for the sins of the world, and resurrected. At the time, life at home was difficult; there was fear, hurt, and absence, and I felt alone, even if I didn't acknowledge it. As I lay in bed, I read this passage about the multitude's reaction right before the Savior left them, "...beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little long with them," and I broke down in tears. I wanted the Savior to stay with me that night, and never leave. I needed him desperately, and desired more than anything to be embraced by his warm, personal love; the only love I knew was constant. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is one of progression, of hope, and change, and forgiveness is not only possible, but attainable, and healing comes in forgiving others! I know God is a living being who loves me personally. Not a day goes by I don't feel this sweet peace from Him; He is intently aware of my situation and hopes. That love is very much the same for every person you run into in life, including the stranger on the train you may not see again. Since I know these things, I need to do something about it. I got baptized to remember Him by trying to live like Him. The structure and function of the church is to bring people together so they can administer to, teach, and help each other. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and from the beginning, there have been prophets called to be watchmen for the world for their respective time, and to forewarn the people of times to come. With the restored church, there are prophets called to lead us now, and I choose to follow them.

How I live my faith

As a full-time missionary, I am setting aside eighteen months to be an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to teach, share, serve, and invite. When I perform music for an audience, I feel like I am giving a gift to them, coupled with the companionship of the Holy Ghost who testifies of truth through vessels like wholesome music. As a student, I often oversaw groups of young adult women, and prioritized seeing how they were doing in school, in relationships, at work, and in life generally, and strove to help them if they needed anything, ideally, anytime. When I set aside legitimate time for someone, give a hug, smile, or go out of my way to mend or strengthen a relationship, I feel like I am living the principles taught in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and it excites me to think about how I can share it.