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Hi I'm Rebecca

I'm from Southern California. I'm studying Political Science at BYU Provo. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy distance running, surfing, and reading. I read pretty much whatever is in front of me, although at the moment I've been reading several biographies, my favorite so far having been the autobiography of Madeleine Albright. I also love cooking and trying out different types of food. I drag my parents out to Korean barbecue whenever I get the chance, as well as Indian food and pretty much all types of dessert. Right now I am attending BYU Provo, and it's a blast! My major is Political Science, which I am really excited to study. Living in Provo is very different from Southern California, but it's a great place and I have loved spending time there. However, I am currently taking a break from school to serve an 18 month long mission for the Church. I have been called to serve in the New Zealand Wellington mission, and I could not be more excited. I did try to figure out the rules of rugby, but it still makes no sense to me. Hopefully that will be one of the many things I learn while serving The Lord! I can't wait to learn more about life in New Zealand, and to share with them my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony grew gradually. When I was younger, church was simply a fact of life, what my parents made us do every week. As I grew older and faced normal challenges anybody goes through while trying to survive high school, I began to question the gospel and what it meant to me. One of my favorite teachings of the Church has always been the emphasis on individual faith. We do not depend on the testimony of others, but are encouraged to ask questions and answer them for ourselves. I certainly took advantage of this, looking narrowly at the doctrine and comparing it to what I saw in the world. I asked God, through prayer, if this was truly His church and if this was what he wanted me to do with my life. My answer was a resolute yes. I know this church is true. I know that we have a prophet today that received direction from God on behalf of the church. I have received many affirmations that thus church is nothing but goodness and love. I have seen the benefits it brings to my life, and am still asking questions and receiving answers.

How I live my faith

The biggest example of living my faith is definitely going to New Zealand to serve a mission. I have the opportunity to touch peoples lives by sharing my personal testimony of my Savior, and I get to do it in a foreign country 6800 miles from home! It's a big change for me, but being in a completely different place lets me see the constant nature of the Gospel. That doesn't change, no matter how far you go. Before I got my mission call, I had the opportunity to be on the leadership council of the Church's youth organization at various age levels. As a council, we planned lots of activities for ourselves and our peers. It was definitely a growing experience and taught me a lot about being responsible and maki sure details are taken care of. I served in a similar capacity at BYU. The student congregations are organized into "families" and we are encouraged to participate in weekly get-togethers. Trying to figure out times that worked with the schedules of 18 busy college students was a challenge, but working with my co-coordinator was lots of fun and we managed to work it out and have a blast along the way.