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Hi I'm Rebecca

I like to read and write. I am a wife and a homeschooling mother, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a homeschooling stay-at-home mom. I like to read books, mostly classics and nonfiction, and I blog about what I'm reading. I also create educational games to make our homeschooling even more fun. I enjoy the challenge of educating my own child, and I find it helps me remember to continue learning myself. I've had the chance to live in a few different countries: Bolivia for a summer, Jerusalem for a study abroad, and most recently Australia, where my son was born. Now, I'm back in the Chicago area, where I grew up.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that God's guidance helps make navigating life a bit easier. It certainly is less lonely! I know He has a purpose for me on the earth, and I know that He knows about me. The gospel of Jesus Christ puts everything about life into perspective for me.

How I live my faith

I help take care of the toddler children during church meetings on Sundays so their parents can attend meetings distraction free. Each month, I also visit other women in their homes as a part of our visiting teaching program.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Rebecca
Joseph Smith founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1830 under the direction of Jesus Christ. It is a restoration of the same Church of Jesus Christ that was on the earth in the meridian of time, when Jesus Christ and his apostles administered it. When Joseph Smith was a young man in 1820, he sought to know which of all the churches in his community taught the truth of God. He determined to ask God through prayer for the wisdom he lacked, and God answered through a vision that none that were on the earth contained the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it had been established when Christ was on the earth. In the course of the next few decades, Joseph Smith was able to be an instrument in the hands of God in restoring the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth. The Church was established after the priesthood of God was restored to the earth and the Book of Mormon was published, which book contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Rebecca
Yes! President Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today, much as Moses was a prophet in his day. God loves his children today just as much as He loved them when Moses was alive. A prophet helps us know God's will for us, and in this confusing time in the world, we certainly need direction! Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Rebecca
Joseph Smith was the first prophet of this latter-day era in world history, much as Moses led his people in his era. Through God's guidance, Joseph Smith restored the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth as it had been on the earth when the Savior himself lead the church in the meridian of time. As a young man, he had prayed to Heavenly Father seeking an answer to a seemingly simple question "which church should I join?" and God responded that none of the churches on the earth at that time contained the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the power of God, Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, which provides a second testament of Jesus Christ beside the Bible. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Rebecca
In James 1:5, it says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." If you want to know if Mormonism is true, you simply need to sincerely ask God, in all sincerity, if it is true. He will answer your prayer, and he won't "upbraid" or criticize you for asking. Joseph Smith got an answer when he asked to know which church was true. God will answer us still. Show more Show less

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

Rebecca
Mormon women are as varied as any other group of women in personality, preferences, life choices, and position in life. Some Mormon women follow traditional roles of homemaking, while other Mormon women seek careers. Some Mormon women are single, divorced, or widowed, while other Mormon women marry and raise children. We believe women should be politically, economically, and socially equal to men. Whether a woman runs for office, votes for office, buys a house, opens a bank account, or enters a workplace or community environment, she should not be discriminated against and limited. However, women should not be the same as men. I personally believe that being a womanly woman is the greatest thing in the world, that being different from men is a wonderful thing. I am a part of the world’s largest woman’s organization, and it certainly supports women’s interests: Relief Society. We learn from each other in church meetings, we share our experiences, we mourn when tragedies strike, and above all, we serve each other, whether that's helping with emergency babysitting, bringing a sick friend dinner, or stopping by and visiting. We're organized to maximize our abilities and there is a way for everyone to serve. I believe that women should nurture the abilities to nurture, whether that is at home or in the work place, for it makes the world so much stronger. Women that know their divine roles are women that truly do find “joy in womanhood” from the Relief Society declaration. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Rebecca
Joseph Smith was living in upstate New York, USA, in 1830 when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially established. That church, nicknamed the Mormon Church, is a restoration of the gospel that Jesus Christ proclaimed while he was on the earth. The Mormon Church proclaims a gospel that transcends location and era. It is a gospel for all people of earth, no matter where or when they lived. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Rebecca
No, Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. We do revere Joseph as a prophet, much as we revere the ancient prophets such as Abraham and Moses. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Rebecca
When Joseph Smith was a young man in the early 1800s, he desired to know which of all the churches in his community taught the truth of God. Each church taught conflicting doctrine. In his sincere desire for an answer, he first turned to the scriptures to seek an answer. As he read James 15, which says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God”, he determined to ask God through prayer for the wisdom he lacked. He believed God would answer his prayer. He sought a quiet place for his prayer, and prayed in earnestness. In answer to his prayer, he saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. They told him that none of the churches then established contained the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it had been established when Christ was on the earth. He was to join none of the churches. In the course of the next few decades, Joseph Smith was able to be an instrument in the hands of God in restoring the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth. His story teaches me that God does answer prayers. In Joseph Smith’s case, his answer was not what he expected. He had wanted direction to the true church on earth, and it was not found. I’m grateful that Joseph Smith had the faith to seek an answer because through his faithfulness, the truth of God is now on the earth. If someone goes to God in prayer, asking to know which of all the churches contains the truth, there is one to be found. I likewise know God will answer my prayers, even if the answers are not what I expect. Show more Show less