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Hi I'm Bethany

I love to work hard, play hard, tease and laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my High School sweetheart, the Mom of six great kids and have fifteen wonderful grandchildren. Music is very important to our family and we love singing together. I enjoy interior design, cooking, sports, and yard work (believe it or not!). Basically, I like to create things. When our family gets together we love to play games and watch movies. No matter what we end up doing you can be sure we'll all be laughing a lot. My husband, Chad, and I recently returned from serving a full time mission together in Moscow, Russia. We LOVED it!!! That experience, that place, and the wonderful people we served, and served with, changed our lives forever.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are converts to the Church. I was baptized the same day as they were, when I was nine years old. So, though a convert myself, I feel as though I was raised in the Church. But that said, there are no "testimony" guarantees for those raised in the gospel Everyone, at some time in their life, has to put in the effort to find out if its true or not for themselves. You can't live very long, in this world, on borrowed light. So, in my mid teens I set out on my own testimony journey. I read the scriptures, pondered on them and the things which I had and was learning, and prayed to God and asked Him if all of this was true. Living the standards the Lord has given us in a world that has very few standards is not an easy thing to do, especially as a teenager, unless you know for a surety that they are from God. As I exercised faith by being obedient to the commandments I was blessed. This gave me more faith to be more obedient, I was blessed, and gained more faith and testimony. This cycle has brought me to the spiritual place I am today. I know and trust my Heavenly Father. I trust His plan for His children is the way He has provided to bring them happiness in this life and salvation in the life to come. As a parent I gave parameters to my children to keep them safe from things they did not see or could not yet understand. I know my Heavenly Father does the same things for us, His spirit children. I have learned that when I am obedient to His commandments and live within the parameters that He has set I am happiest.

How I live my faith

By serving others we show the Savior that we are trying to follow Him, and His great example of caring for those around us. Most of my callings (the things we are formally asked, or 'called' to do in the Church organization) have been with the youth of the Church, those 12-18. My husband and I also have also had the opportunity to serve the young single adult age group, 18-30. It is satisfying to me to be able to gain the trust and confidence of these young people and help guide them, with our experience and testimony, through the special challenges and important decisions they face during these years. In our private life we look for ways to serve our family, friends, neighbors, and community. When I am serving, in any capacity, I feel the Saviors love for me, and for those that I am serving. I become less selfish, and more patient, compassionate, and less judging. All qualities of the Savoir that He wants us to develop. Though service I am becoming more like Jesus Christ.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I know that I do not fit the stereotypical "Mormon woman" picture that many unfamiliar with the Church have. And honestly, I don't know many Mormon women who do. I am strong and confident. I have my own opinions. Just ask my husband. Though I do honor my husband as the leader and final say in our family, he honors me by asking for my advice and counsel on decisions important to our relationship,our family, and even his business. We respect each others efforts to be the best husband/father and wife/mother we can be. No ones' role or contribution is more vital than the others. It all needs to be done. When we each fulfill those separate roles then there is harmony and balance for each of us personally, in our relationship, and in our home. My personal style is fun and funky. My husband encourages me to be myself and supports me while I'm growing and becoming a better me. Show more Show less