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Hi I'm Bekki

I'm a Sign Language Interpreter, mother, webelos den leader, avid reader and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother, a wife, a neighbor, avid reader, and a Sign Language Interpreter. I have a cousin who is Deaf and growing up I learned a little about what it meant to be Deaf and learned a little American Sign Language (ASL) along the way. I went to college thinking I would study Speech Pathology/Audiology. During my second year I was required to take a Sign Language class. My teacher was Deaf and after the first class period I knew that was what I wanted to do-be involved with Deaf people in some way. I walked straight from class and changed my major to Deaf Education. A year later I served a mission and was called to learn the discussions in American Sign Language. I spent 18 months working with Deaf people and loved it. I completed my degree in Deaf Education, spent several years as an administrator of a school for the Deaf before deciding to stay home and be a mother full time. I still spend time within the Deaf community and I work as an interpreter, and I've loved every minute of it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of Mormons. I would have to say that has largely influenced my life and my beliefs. I'm sure that is true for everyone. Your family is who you are. Growing up I attended church regularly, went to Primary, Young Women, and Single Adult church activities. Much of my involvement was dependent upon my parents. It was required of me to attend church while living with them. When I moved away from home and was out on my own for the first time I had to decide for myself if I was going to get up on Sundays and go to church, and if I was going to live the same standards my parents required of me. For a time I enjoyed what I thought was the 'freedom' of sleeping in on Sunday mornings and doing other things my parents wouldn't have allowed in their home or approved of. I thought I was happy. Weekends were exciting and I had many friends. College life, I thought, was grand! I'm not exactly sure when or how it happened, but it stopped being as fun as I first thought it had been. I was depressed, lonely, and really didn't have a direction in my life. The 'freedom' I thought was so important seemed so empty. I was missing something. What exactly was my life about? Where was I going? What were my goals? Who did I want to be? I think college life is learning what you want and who you are. I not only gained scholarly knowledge during my years at school, I gained insight into myself and what was really important. The 'freedom' I thought I had found was not at all what would make me happy. I learned that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was what gave me true happiness. A kind of happiness that comes from inside. Knowing I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, having faith in Jesus Christ my Savior, and living the principles He taught has brought me more happiness that I could ever find anywhere else.

How I live my faith

My beliefs and faith have been tested many times. Three years ago my son unexpectedly died. To say it was a really difficult time is an understatement. I found comfort in the knowledge I have that families can be together forever. I know that I will see my son again and be with him after this life. I know that life continues after our brief sojourn here on this Earth. This is just a short period of our eternal progression. Without that knowledge the tragic death of my son and the overwhelming sadness I felt would have been impossible to deal with. I know that his time here on Earth was finished and he was moving on. Now I work hard to live worthy to be with him forever. I strive to live my life in a way that will allow me to join him and the rest of my family eternally. I attend church meetings regularly, study the scriptures and other books of merit, I communicate and receive guidance from my Heavenly Father through daily prayer, I try to be of service to those around me, and I work to have an attitude that reflects my positive perspective on life. Recently I read the biography of the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson. One of his sayings has stuck with me and I try to live by it. He said: Kneel down to pray Stand up to serve Reach out to rescue!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Bekki
A member of the church who chooses to not go on a mission will not be 'kicked out'. Mormons are not required to serve a mission. Young men between the ages of 19 and 21 are encouraged (expected) to serve a mission, young women at the age of 21 also serve missions if they wish as well as older couples. Service is voluntary. They pay for it on their own, they are called by the Church to serve in various locations around the world, and serve for a period of 2 years (18 months for women and couples). It's an opportunity to share what you believe with others and to give service around the world. When I was 21 years old I served a mission. For 18 months I worked with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in the Western United States. It changed my life. It was the most difficult, most rewarding, and most life altering event I have ever experienced. I saw the Gospel of Jesus Christ touch the hearts and lives of others. I came to rely on my Heavenly Father for guidance and I learned a lot about who I am and what my purpose is here in life. If I were to advise any member of the church who is considering a mission, I would tell them; "GO!" If you give it your whole heart for those short 2 years, you will be eternally blessed. It's the best thing you could ever do! Show more Show less