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Hi I'm Becky

I come from a large family and now have a large family of my own. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of eight, and now my husband and I have five children of our own. Sometimes there is more chaos than I'd like--keeping up with laundry is quite a task!--but I love my children and see such goodness in their eyes. I majored in English in college and now I love reading books with my kids. My husband and I were both raised in Utah, but we actually met in the romantic city of Paris. I was studying abroad, and he had just completed his LDS mission there in Europe. It wasn't love at first sight, but we kept in touch and ended up dating. After we married and graduated from college, my husband began a doctorate program on the east coast. After five years, we spent a year France so my husband could finish his dissertation. Now he's a college professor. I love gardening. I was not at all successful in my first few years attempting a vegetable garden, but now I can't wait to turn the soil in the spring and get those little plants in the ground. I like forcing my kids to weed alongside me on summer mornings. I like writing in my journal. I especially like writing about spiritual experiences when I feel that I've seen the Lord's hand in my life. When one of our sons was four months old, we learned that he had cancer. Through the difficult year that followed, filled with multiple chemo treatments and surgeries, I felt there were many moments when the Spirit communicated hope and peace to me in the face of otherwise desperate moments.

Why I am a Mormon

I love feeling the Spirit, and I've found that I can enjoy its influence by living the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I remember feeling the Spirit on the day I was baptized--I promised myself that I would never do anything wrong again so that I would be worthy of that beautiful Spirit I felt. Since then, I've of course made plenty of mistakes, but I try to make choices to invite the Spirit into my life. I love the temple--it's like heaven on earth, and it's there that I can discern the promptings of the Holy Ghost most clearly. I think if I had to pinpoint just one reason that I'm a Mormon, it's because I believe that God's power of the priesthood has been restored in this church. By that priesthood power, I was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost; by it, I was sealed to my husband for time and eternity in the temple; and by it, I know that this church is led by a living prophet who speaks for God.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm a Sunday School teacher of the 12- and 13-year-olds in my ward. I like to study the scriptures and the lesson manual while I'm on the exercise bike each morning. I like to meditate on things I'm studying, and I find that in that quiet time to myself, I find hope and ideas about challenges in my own life. I really believe that when you're called to do something, the Lord gives you guidance and ability beyond yourself. By teaching these young people, I feel like feeling that I'm participating in God's work in an important way.