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Hi I'm Beth

I'm a Skiwi (Scottish person living in New Zealand). I'm a future missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Scotland before immigrating to NZ with my parents and older sister at the age of 8 - a big change, but a huge blessing at the same time! I'm a lover of all kinds of music (I play a range of instruments, with piano being my first love), cats, baking, geeking out to various TV shows, and am a bit of a science nerd. I am serving in the Germany Frankfurt Mission from July 2016.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church by faithful parents, that were diligent in helping me form a relationship with Heavenly Father from a young age through prayer, reading the scriptures, singing hymns, attending church each Sunday and participating in the fun activities that were organised. However, as I got into my teenage years, I had to make my own decision and form my own testimony - would I continue to follow this path or choose another? There's not really one major experience that stands out in my mind that can answer why I'm a Mormon, but rather lots of small experiences - moments when I felt inspired to do something and it payed off, moments when I felt peace when it seemed the world was falling apart, moments when my life seemed to make sense because of the teachings of the Gospel while my friends seemed so lost and confused about their purpose or worth. I can testify that we have to act and try before we are able to receive this witness of the Holy Ghost for ourselves, whether it be through attending just one church meeting, having the courage to ask the missionaries or other members questions, the humility to get down on your knees or the curiosity to open the scriptures and search for answers. The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ makes so much sense in this world that seems to be getting angrier and more confusing. At the heart of it is the fact that God knows and loves each of us so dearly, more than we can ever imagine. He wants us to succeed, to find happiness in this life and the next, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints contains those vital teachings that will show us how.

How I live my faith

I have been the pianist for our ward for just over three years, which includes playing during our weekly Sacrament meetings, performing with the choir and attending practices, and although it was a challenge to play in front of such a large crowd at first, the Lord has truly improved this skill and my love for music has grown more than I could have imagined. I am currently helping three Young Women to take over the position when I leave for my mission. I've also had the opportunity to teach Young Women aged 15-16 each week for about a year. I have learned so much from their growing yet powerful testimonies, and it's amazing to hear about the example they are to their friends by showing love, kindness and other Christlike attributes. From July 2016, I will be serving in the Germany Frankfurt Mission for 18 months. This includes only being able to contact my loved ones once a week, learning a brand new language, and getting out of my comfort zone by talking to everyone I meet, but I cannot wait to share my love of the gospel with the people of Germany.