Hi I'm Brooke
I grew up a member of the Church in a little town as one of only a few members in my school. I love to cook, write, take pictures, read, and play with my family. As a family we love to go new places and try new foods. I am a mother, a wife, a best friend, a daughter, an aunt, and a sister. I have dreams and aspirations of becoming an author, a family history expert, a baker, and a missionary. I am a perfectionist, an obsessive organizer, and an overachiever. I love adoption and I have desires to make a difference. My greatest joys and my greatest opportunities for growth lie in my family because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Why I am a Mormon
It is difficult to put into words something that so fully defines my life, and has shaped the person I am. I am a Mormon simply because I want to be with my Father in Heaven and my family for all eternity. I am a Mormon because I want to follow the Savior. I am a Mormon because it teaches me how to be a better wife, a better mother, and a better daughter of God. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I am a Mormon because of the answers I receive to questions about my life, like who am I? What is my purpose on earth? Can my family be together forever? How should I balance being a mom, a wife, a youth leader, and a friend? Does God love me? Every concern I have, every doubt and fear I have is answered through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I want to be like Him.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
My husband and I have been unable to have our own children. This is a very difficult challenge, especially in a Mormon culture where family is a very important, and often discussed topic. The only way that we have been able to endure is through faith and hope in the Savior. It is His love which has helped us through those most difficult times. Recently we were able to adopt our beautiful little girl. Mormons believe in the power of fasting. Fasting is giving up two consecutive meals with a specific purpose in mind. We begin and end our fasting in prayer; fasting is a form of sacrifice we make as we ask the Lord for specific blessings. Through this special power of fasting, we have been able to 1) overcome very difficult trials, 2) gain perspective about life and our purpose here, 3) build faith in Jesus Christ and God's plan for us, and 4) be blessed with a beautiful daughter. Mormons believe that trials and challenges help them to draw closer to Jesus Christ, and through this challenge of infertility, as we have tried to put our trust in the Savior, we have been helped and blessed with hope and faith.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by praying daily and studying the scriptures; we attend church each Sunday; and we go to the temple often. I live my faith by working hard to keep a Christ-centered home, and teaching my daughter about her Savior. We love being able to serve in the Church because it helps us learn more how to follow the Savior. I am helping serve the young nursery children and I love it! I am not perfect! I make a lot of mistakes, and repent and continue to move forward. It is my faith in my Savior, and His Atonement that makes me who I am. Without the Atonement of Jesus Christ I would have no purpose, no hope. But because of Him, I know that I can be who He wants me to be. Each day I strive to live my life in a way that will bring me closer to that goal.