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Hi I'm Rebecca

About Me

Hi! I'm a college student studying Nursing and Japanese. I like vacation, reading, social activism, gardens, and the color red. I love eating... but I'm a terrible cook. I grew up on a farm, but have spent about 3 years in some of the largest cities in the world while living in Japan.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to a Protestant church. I loved that church -- it was where I grew up and the people there were like a second family to me. However, I always felt that there was more to God than what I was being offered. I felt unsettled and asked questions constantly, to people of many different faiths. When I was 18, I decided that I wanted to know more about the Mormons, so I called them out of the phone book. Weren't they surprised! When I met with the missionaries, I felt God's love so strongly. It was like sunshine and goodness and peace all at the same time. Later, I prayed on my own and could feel in my heart that Jesus really is my Savior and that the Book of Mormon is true. My life is better because I am a Mormon. I still have many trials and I am far, far from perfect. But when I am overwhelmed, I turn to God through prayer and the scriptures, and my burdens really do become light. I have felt the power of forgiveness through Christ, and I have become a better person. The knowledge that I am a daughter of God empowers me. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace to my soul.

How I live my faith

"True Christianity is love in action." I try to show my faith through the way I act every day. I always try to be kind, respectful, and aware of the unspoken needs around me. I also volunteer in the community and tutor Japanese immigrants. Of course, participation in church is very important to me. I attend church every Sunday. Last year I taught Sunday School in Japanese, but now I will be teaching teenagers (in English).

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Rebecca
The donation of 10% of income -- also known as tithing -- is an important spiritual principle. We pay tithing because, in reality, 100% of what we have is a blessing from God. We return 10%. These funds go to pay for things like our church buildings, temples, and printing of the Book of Mormon. It takes faith to pay tithing, especially in hard economic times. But as members of our church, we believe that God will always, always provide for us when we put Him first in our lives. Money is not the center of our existence. Show more Show less