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Hi I'm Rebekah Westerlind

I grew up in California. I moved across the country to attend college in New York. I'm 19 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished my first year of college and am preparing to serve a mission in Sweden. I love being outside, running, playing soccer, and reading. I enjoy going on random, crazy, spontaneous adventures. However, I also love listening and learning from the people around me and their experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it has consistently brought peace, joy, and purpose into my life. Having grown up in a Mormon family in Silicon Valley, I was surrounded by a liberal, relatively secular community that stood in contrast to my family's strong beliefs. I saw firsthand the blessing that came from living the teachings of the Gospel, and wanted these blessings of stability and joy in my own life. As I got older, friends and acquaintances would ask genuine questions about my faith. This led me to actively pursue a testimony of my own. I studied our beliefs, applied them, and prayed about them. In each case, I was rewarded with a spiritual witness of the truth of the principles I was studying. While building my testimony is a constant process of study and prayer, I am extremely grateful for the experiences I have had that shaped my current testimony. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know Heavenly Father knows and loves me individually. I know that the Holy Ghost can bring peace and guidance to my life and I want to always live worthy of the constant companionship of this Spirit. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and we are blessed as we live according to the truths found in its pages. I love my family and am grateful for the Plan of Salvation that allows me to live with them for eternity. I know the Gospel is true and I am so excited to share this knowledge with others on my mission and in my everyday life.

How I live my faith

While I was at school, I was in charge of organizing weekly activities for the students in the congregation. These activities varied from panels to games to eating, but all were intended to bring the students together in an enjoyable, positive environment. It was rewarding to see people bond throughout the year and become a network of support for each other.