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Hi I'm Rebecca.

I love to laugh and enjoy life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the middle of five children. My parents divorced when I was six. My mother raised us five children by herself. I was baptized a member of the LDS church when I was eight years old. I studied Political Science for my undergraduate degree. I then served a mission in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. I am currently getting my masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and recently married the love of my life in the LDS Lubbock Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon. I can't remember a Sunday when I did not go to church. Growing up, we would pray and read the scriptures together as a family. I remember that God and Jesus were spoken of daily. As I grew older, I made friends with kids of many other religions. When I was in high school I realized that I couldn't just accept the faith of my parents, I needed to know for myself that I would come closest to God through the LDS church. I had a profound experience at age 15 that let me know that God knows me by name, He loves me and has a plan for my life. Ever since that time, my faith in God and Jesus Christ has only grown. I know that I am happiest when I seek the Lord's help and follow the principles he has laid out in the scriptures. There is no substitute for the happiness that my faith gives me.

How I live my faith

Religion is a daily practice. Each day starts with prayer. If I get up early enough, I read the Bible or Book of Mormon before I head out to work and school. I always try to read in the morning versus at night so I can reflect back on what I learned in the morning throughout the day. Monday nights are family night. Because I am single and without my own nuclear family, many of the LDS singles gather together to spend time as a "family" and strengthen our relationships and faith. One night a week I go to Institute. Institute is a scripture study class for adults 18-30 years of age. Institute is a great place for learning. While studying on my own is a sacred experience, sharing insights and studying in a group setting also builds my faith. Sunday is a special day. In addition to worshiping at church, I have decided to make this day dedicated to the Lord and relationships with friends and family. It is such a blessing to have a day when I don't worry about work or homework. The day is so peaceful and rejuvenates me for the coming week.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Rebecca.
Grace is the power of Christ's atonement in our lives. It is not merely Christ's power to save us, it is His power to change us. For a long time, I relied on my own strength to keep God's commandments. In a way, I thought I could be perfect on my own. But through several experiences I learned that if I was going to be more like Jesus, I would need his saving grace to enable me to become a better person. When I fall, grace is the hand reaching out to me to help me up. For too long, I didn't take that hand and would push myself up. By studying more about grace in the Bible and Book of Mormon, I began to understand that true repentance is not just stopping bad behaviors, it is partaking of God's grace to refine one's spirit. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Rebecca.
Families are the best! Although you may feel your family is dysfunctional, most families are. Regardless of how difficult family life can be at times, nothing can replace your family. It is such a special blessing to be a parent and think that God entrusted you with this little person and it is your job to help them become a good person. Although I am not yet married and do not have children, family is my priority. Relationships are the source of true joy in this life. As a therapist, I see struggling families all the time. Sometimes their problems seem insurmountable and one might think that I would be discouraged from having my own family. No way! There is nothing more beautiful than to see a family sitting in front of you pleading for help to learn to love each other better. No other relationships produce that passion and desire. Some think religion is just about the hereafter, but I affirm that God created the family to give us joy now and in eternity. I truly believe that the family is where each of us learns the key principles of the gospel: patience, love, service, faith, forgiveness, hope, honesty, compassion, charity. Without family, we would miss out on opportunities to develop those Christlike qualities. Family is not important to only Mormons, it's everything to all of us. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rebecca.
No. Missions are voluntary and are self-funded. Many Mormons choose to serve missions because it is an amazing opportunity. Having served a mission, I can say that I have had few experiences equal to it. As a missionary, you get to serve everyday, all day long. While it was difficult to be so far away from family and friends, I was stretched in new ways as I had to learn a new language and culture. On my mission, I learned that love has no bounds. No language, no culture, no boundary can stop the love of God from touching the hearts of His children. Show more Show less