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Hi I'm Bess

I live on the West Coast. I am a poet and author. I believe in laughter and adventures, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Celtic musician. Dreamer. INFJ. Gifted and aspiring writer. English major. Eclectic painter. Listener. Future missionary. Addictions are camping, Austen, bumper stickers, midnight adventures, adrenaline and laughter. I am the fourth of five children, a believer in beauty and simplicity, and a strong believer that all can be beautiful and simple. I've never been to Utah. I am a hopeless romantic who hopes to soon travel the world with a cat and lots of spunk. I've found that all I need for happiness in this life is a Room with a View, and that view is focused toward Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Someone once asked me why I am a Christian; what makes me believe what I do. My response was that nothing makes me believe, because I have chosen to believe myself. In our religion, we believe in freedom of choice. There have been so many experiences in my life in which I've felt a witness, like warmth rushing up my spine that helps me know the teachings of Jesus Christ are true. There are so many distractions on earth, so many reasons and arguments as to why I shouldn't believe what I do and so many temptations enticing me to practice the opposite. Yet, there are millions more reasons as to why I should believe and never falter. Abraham Lincoln said, “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” The stars and the planets, the fact that we have beating hearts, that we have thoughts and voices, music, organization, words, joy, tears all of these things are a witness to me that God lives and loves the world, and if God lives and loves the world, then He truly must have given His Son. I know with my entire heart that this church is true, and the only true church in the world. It is beautiful. It is simple. It just makes sense. And it inspires nothing but hope and good will toward our fellow men. The authority of God has returned to Earth and can be found only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Thomas S. Monson is a modern-day prophet and has a personal relationship with God, the Eternal Father and Jesus Christ and he will not lead us astray. I have felt the Spirit whisper to my heart that these things are true and always will be. To any and all who read this, I implore you to read the Book of Mormon and pray to Heavenly Father in Jesus' name, with a truly open heart and mind and you will receive the same witness. The answers come through hope and faith, "then ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

How I live my faith

I am currently the president of my Laurel's class in the Young Women's program of the Church. I attend meetings for 3 inspiring hours each Sunday and 1 bonding hour with my friends each Tuesday night. I also attend early morning Seminary course in which we study the Bible, Book of Mormon and other doctrine of the Church. My family is very active in our ward and I truly can't thank my parents enough for raising me in this Gospel. Its goodness and influence throughout my life is irreplaceable. I have been taught to love and accept others no matter the circumstances. This love is what precedes my plan of serving a mission to share with others what I believe so they in turn can decide to become closer to Jesus Christ and gain the blessings of His Gospel. I believe in being tolerant of all people and in separating myself from worldliness, but not distancing myself from a world in need. We are all brothers and sisters and it is my goal that no one leaves me without feeling our Father's eternal love. “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” - St. Francis Assisi

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Bess
To understand the truth about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the best person to talk to is a member of the Church. There is most likely a meetinghouse in your area or very nearby. If you click on the "Visit" tab at the top of this web page you can click on any of the links and I assure you will be lead to talk with someone of our faith. You may be surprised that you know some Mormons! If you know any members, all you need to do is ask and they will be happy to share their beliefs with you as well as answer any questions they can. The full-time missionaries are some of the best resources to talk to as they are called of God to teach and share the gospel with all who are in need of it. Feel free to call them and make an appointment! Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Bess
Let me begin by saying that I am a feminist. And I get that some may find it offensive or unfair that women do not hold the priesthood. But to understand that it is not unfair, you must first understand that the priesthood does not directly bless the men who hold it. We believe as a Church, that blessings come to those who are worthy and in need of them. Holding the priesthood alone does not grant you blessings. It does not give you money, status or any earthly, selfish powers. The "power" of the priesthood is the power to heal, to serve, to save. The power of the priesthood is the ability to act directly in the name of God. It is not the ability to forgive yourself of sin or to dwell closer to the Lord. It is the permission to bring others closer to the Lord. That being said, women do not hold the priesthood because the Lord has not said women will hold the priesthood. It is not anything denied us, just as it is not any personal privilege for men. Women have equal access to the blessings of the priesthood as men do. No worthy priesthood holder denies her its power, nor does he place his hands on his own head. As for women leading in the Church, I have known hundreds of very powerful, influential women. We have the Relief Society, Young Women's program, sister missionaries, Visiting Teachers, Temple workers; women are primarily responsible for the organization of the Primary. We are equal in value, voice and valor to the men of the Church. Our God loves us the same. Show more Show less