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Hi I'm Benita

I'm a bicycle commuter, a teacher-librarian, an avid reader, an alto, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My children are grown--independent adults finding their own way in the world. As far as I am concerned, this is the best season of motherhood--being able to get to know my children as fellow adults, to listen to their ideas, to be a resource of advice and a sounding board occasionally for them, but to know that they are able to find their way in the world. When my children were younger, raising them was my top priority, now that the demands of motherhood are WAY less, I have the freedom to contribute to my community in other ways--to take on leadership roles in my profession, to participate more in community organizations. It is a new season, and it is a good one! One of my earliest memories is of wanting to learn to read. Once I did, it was hard to find me without a book. Is it any surprise that I became a school librarian? I love sharing my passion for literature with my students, and helping provide the best resources for the teachers at my school to teach more effectively. I love taking part in the long conversation across history that good books create. I also love to sing. In choir at church, in a community choir, with our symphony, and in lots of other settings. I don't believe I have a great musical talent, but there is something so satisfying about joining with other people to make music. One of my greatest pleasures in the last several years has been to stand on risers behind the brass section of the symphony and sing.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church during my college years. In the more than 30 years since, it has become my home. Participating in a ward, a local congregation, has been a school of love for me, allowing me to get to know fellow ward members and rejoice in the joys of their lives, and to mourn with them through the sorrows.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith daily by putting into action the values that I have learned from the teachings of Christ. I try to look for ways I can serve others, and to choose compassion over criticism. I try to be a peacemaker, and to practice forgiveness--and it does take practice! When I was baptized, one of the commitments I made was "to stand as a witness of Christ." I believe that means standing up for what He taught, but also to recognize and acknowledge the evidence of His love around me.