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Hi I'm Yanni Beckdol

I grew up in Washington and I love the play volleyball. I'm preparing to be a full-time missionary in Ogden Utah and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Washington basically my whole life, it's a beautiful place and I've done a lot of camping and hiking. I grew up spending most of my younger years playing sports and video games. Volleyball is my favorite sport, being on the court with a volleyball brings joy to my heart and freedom to my soul. I am currently working as a teller at a local credit union and I have worked several other service and sales related job, and I have realized I love interacting and serving others the best I can. My goals are to be real estate agent and entrepreneur but I am putting those aside to accept my calling to serve the Lord as a full-time missionary. I am a convert to the church, baptized in November, 2014, close to 2 years ago and it has dramatically changed and blessed my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Yup that's me, the Mormon convert who was baptized a few days before his 21st birthday, out of the desire to follow the example Jesus Christ set, has absolute faith that this is the true church, and is currently preparing to be a full-time missionary. You're Probably wondering how I got myself into this mess. It all began about 2 years before the time I am writing this... When people find out I'm a Mormon AND I'm a convert, they always ask the same question: "Why did you become Mormon?" I then proceed to tell them about my conversion, a simple story, of simple coincidences that were intricately laid out by a loving Heavenly Father, to bring me to the wonderful, simple truths of the gospel. I had many questions of my soul that I didn't even know I had, but for some reason the one that got me to where I am, the first question I asked was,"Did Jesus Christ really come to the Americas?" ...all because of a video I randomly watched. I just happened to ask one of my good friends about it and he told me to look in 3rd Nephi, nothing special about that, no testimony, he just told me to go look it up. I did. I googled something like 'Christ coming to America 3rd Nephi' and it lead to 3rd Nephi 11. As I read about Christ and His interactions with the people, all I could think was, 'what is this book?' I didn’t know it then but the spirit grabbed hold of me and testified of it's truthfulness. After that I attended church for the first time with one of my best friends, and I kept going back every week. The spirit I felt was so strong and I loved every single thing I was learning. The focus on families is what really drew me in. Families can be together forever was a driving force for my conversion, I wanted to have that. I began learning and applying the things I was learning to my life and I continually received blessings in my life, it was turning around and I was so much happier. I felt closer to the Savior than ever and that is why I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily, I try to remember what I believe and I try to remember Jesus Christ in all the things I do. I'm in no way perfect, so I rely fully on Christ and His infinite love and mercy. By doing this it helps me remember that we are all children of God. I try to serve, love and be patient with everyone I come across. Being an example is one of the biggest ways I live my faith. As a convert to the church there’s a lot of people that are close to me I can be an example to that aren’t a part of the church. At work and even at home I get to share things about my conversion and the church all the time! At home my family knows my standards and respect them One of the hardest commandments for my family to understand is to keep the Sabbath Day holy. Sometimes they ask me to go out and eat or to do something on Sunday, and I remind them that because of my beliefs I can’t, but any other day I could. At work everyone knows my beliefs and respects them. They know my standards and that I try my best to keep them. I believe that because of the example I am for them now, later down the road if another situation comes up, like the missionaries coming to their door at a time of need, they will remember me and the example I set and the light I brought and they will let them in, they will let Him in. I believe allowing Christ into your life, also allows you to reflect some of His light and illuminate paths for others to see, even without doing much more than living how Christ would have you live. That's one of the reasons why I always try to keep His commandments and follow His teachings.