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Hi I'm Rebecca

I grew up in Oregon. I love animals. I'm an Army Wife. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Oregon and I loved it there. My husband is in the Military so we'll probably be traveling a lot, but we'd love to end up back in Oregon some day! I graduated recently with a Bachelors degree in Zoology. I've always loved animals and this beautiful, amazing world we live in since I was a child. I think it would be neat to be a zookeeper or work in fisheries and wildlife. Currently I work with a birds of prey group that educates the public about raptors in Colorado and teaches them ways to appreciate wildlife. My husband and I are trying out a new hobby of road biking. We like it so far! I also love trying out new cooking and baking recipes. I'm generally more successful at baking, but I try not to do it too often so we can be healthier! I also love being outdoors and have recently been trying to get better at my bird identification.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church since both my parents were active members. I always enjoyed it, but I don't know if I truly knew it was the right thing to have in my life until I was in college. I was on my own with out my parents there to take me to church or other church activities so I had to truly find out on my own whether I believed this religion or not. As I tried to distance myself from this religion, I realized I could not fully do so. Even though I didn't fully understand many things about the church (and I am still learning) I couldn't deny to myself that I knew there was a God out there and that as I learned about other religions- while they were great in many aspects- I knew they just didn't seem quite right. Later on as I met the man who would soon become my husband (who was not at the time a Mormon) and teaching him about the church, I knew I had to know this was true in order to teach him about it. How could I teach him about something I didn't think was true? I prayed earnestly to know if it this was the true church and if Christ was my savior. As I did I heard a small voice within my soul say "You've known it's true all along" and I cried- in happiness. I still continue to be a member of this church because I know it is true and it makes me happy. There is peace knowing there is more to life than just existing and dying. It is comforting to know there is a Heavenly Father who watches over us and loves us dearly and created us to have joy in this life. I have grown to understand what it means to have a Savior who sacrificed all to understand our pains, sorrows, and hurts so we may not be burdened by them and it lifts my soul in the hardest of times. I know that God has sent us prophets in this days just like he did long ago because He loves us and wants to help guide us in our mortal life. I now love reading the scriptures and I am trying my best to find meaning and understanding in their words. I love reading the Book of Mormon and I know it is true.

How I live my faith

In church I teach a class of children around kindergarten age. It is challenging sometimes to come up with ways to educate them about church and do it in active ways, but I enjoy it! Sometimes it is nice to focus on the gospel of Christ in simple terms for them to understand because it helps me to understand it better too. I also go visit other women members of my church (this activity is called Visiting Teaching) to see how they are doing in life physically, mentally, and spiritually. My current employment is at a store that sells LDS merchandise and books. It is a great environment to work in, but it also helps me remember to live my faith constantly. This is because not only do I need to have great customer service for general business sake, but also because I know I represent the LDS community to those customers who come in that don't know much about the church. I try to behave Christ-like in my work.