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Hi I'm Rebecca

I grew up in California and now live in South Carolina. I live with one daughter, 3 dogs, 5 cats and 4 snakes and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Sacramento area and moved to El Dorado Hills when I was eleven. We were among the first families there and I very much enjoyed hiking in the hills after it rained when little streams with waterfalls appeared. I went to Brigham Young University where I met my husband. Other than four years in Birmingham, I have spent the rest of my life in South Carolina. My husband died from complications after battling leukemia for 2-1/2 year and having a stem cell transplant. I have been a widow for seven years and have almost finished raising my nine kids by myself. I am very proud of my kids. One served a mission in Mexico, one in Africa, one in Colorado and another is currently serving in Africa. I have three married children and nine grandchildren. I still have one child in high school and am currently taking a course in medical transcription so that I can return to the work force. I enjoy cooking, sewing, gardening and reading. I enjoy singing with my family, who are all more musical than I am, as well as camping. I injured my back a little over two years ago but am slowly getting back into the routine of running a couple of miles several times a week. I very much enjoy family history and spend a lot of time doing research on the computer and have recently started taking pictures for findagrave. I have always had a soft spot for animals and seem to attract stray dogs and cats as well as more exotic creatures like lizards and snakes.

Why I am a Mormon

When I didn't know where to go to college, a friend told me I should come to BYU and be her roommate. I did and it was there that I learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At first I resented the fact that I had to take Book of Mormon classes, but then decided that if I was going to be surrounded by all those Mormons, maybe I needed to find out what they believed. I read most of the Bible the summer before I left for college so I would have a better understanding. I learned about the church at my own pace. I would ask questions, but then tell my friends, "Go away and let me think about that awhile," when something sounded strange to me. I grew up enjoying the Bible stories, especially the stories of Jesus, but the Old Testament stories seemed like fables to me. As I studied the Book of Mormon, I began to realize that the Old Testament probably wasn't fables and that the doctrines I was studying in the Book of Mormon were the same as in the Bible, but were often plainer and were definitely easier to understand when comparing both books. I realized that either both the Bible and the Book of Mormon were true or neither was, and I prayed to know the truth. I received a testimony of the Book of Mormon and have never looked back. I have tried to make it a practice to study the scriptures daily although I have not always succeeded. I try to read whatever is being studied in Sunday School that year, so I have read the Old Testament, New Testament and the Book of Mormon several times, as well as the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. I also attend General Conference, read other church books and am now reading Josephus and enjoying that very much. It seems the more I read, the more everything fits together and makes sense. The older I get and the more I realize my own mistakes and the more I have had to deal with illness, death and other trials, the more I understand the need of the the Savior's atonement in my own life.

How I live my faith

I have always tried to do everything I am asked to do as a member of the church. I have done many things through the years. I have taught the children in Primary including leading the music, which was something I had to learn to do. I have taught in the women's organization and helped arrange meals for funerals as well as visiting the women I am assigned to each month. I have gone with the young women to girls' camp and even participated in a pioneer trek where we pushed handcarts. I have served as the Webelos den leader and am now serving as cubmaster. I also work in the family history center. I enjoy that because I have been able to learn a lot about my own ancestors when there is no one needing my assistance. I have also started photographing tombstones for findagrave.com and indexing censuses and other records. This is a very important work because it helps others to be able to find their ancestors from their own computers at home. Serving in the church has really blessed my life. I have learned many things and made many friends. Serving others really helped me to get back on my feet when my husband passed away. It is a lot of what keeps me going now because as my children are all leaving the nest, it gives purpose to my life.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

When I was young, I used to think I was very good and didn't really understand why I needed a Savior. The older I have gotten the more I realize that we all make mistakes, some serious and some not so serious. Part of the purpose of life is to learn from our own experiences, and that includes making mistakes. The trick is that no unclean thing can live in the presence of God. We have all sinned. We have all fallen short of that perfection that we need to return to live with God, but God wants us to return to live in His presence, so he provided Jesus Christ as our Savior so that we could all return to live with Him. It is through Christ that we are made clean again. He lived a perfect life and He took upon Himself our sins and offered Himself as the only pure sacrifice. In order to receive this gift, we must repent of our sins. This includes confessing our sins and sincerely asking forgiveness from God and whoever we may have harmed and then turning away from our sins and doing our best to live the commandments. We must also forgive others if we want to be forgiven. It is an ongoing process. As we go on in life, we seem to get bigger and bigger challenges and sometimes we are going to fall. Christ is always there to help us get back up. We just have to take the necessary steps. Show more Show less