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Hi I'm Brenda

I'm a grandmother of six, runner & marathoner at age 56, blogger, and otherwise boring/average person. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a descendant of the early pioneers who embraced a new religion and sacrificed their all for it. The dearest blessings in my life are my husband, my children and their children, and extended family. I enjoy teaching adult classes in church. My hobbies include running, bicycling, gospel discussion online, some crafts, shopping, and spending time with my husband. I also love to write and have two blogs, one about running, and one about politics/religion. I grew up and live in the Pacific Northwest where the scenery is 2nd only to Eden.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born LDS and have been blessed my entire life due to my active participation and adherence to the commandments. I know that my life is much better inside the Church than it would have been outside. This gospel is logical and wonderful. It makes sense and answers many of life's questions. I love what it has taught me about God. I love the kind of person it inspires me to strive to be. I love what it does for my family. The LDS Church is home.

How I live my faith

I teach an adult Sunday School class. It's the best church "job" on the planet! It motivates me to dig deeply into the scriptures and I also get to learn a lot of history as well. I love to teach and share my passion for the Gospel. I TRY to be a good example of Christian living within my little community. I also spend too much time online discussing beliefs and theology--- a noble addiction I suppose, but an addiction just the same. Most importantly, as my husband and I raised our children, we did our best to help them find and develop their own testimonies of God and His gospel. We tried to be the kind of parents that would help them to know and understand their Heavenly parents. We always strived to teach them by example. How wonderful it is to now see them doing the same for their own children.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Brenda
Healthy eating and avoiding certain things like coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, etc. Beyond that we are counseled to limit or avoid substances that hinder our freedom. Any addiction limits freedom of choice. We are here in this life to learn to make good choices, and the more we disobey God, the less freedom we have. Our bodies are a gift from God, and we should treat them as such. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Brenda
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have not practiced polygamy since 1890. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brenda
Mormons revere Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. We follow His teachings and believe that He leads this church. We worship the same Christ who walked on water, fed thousands on a few loaves of bread and fish, raised the dead, was baptized by John, and died for us on the cross. Yes, we are Christians. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Brenda
The more self-reliant we are, the better position we are in to help others. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Brenda
Of course it's true. Why wouldn't it be? Why wouldn't He visit other people who also need to hear His words and learn of His earthly mission? Especially when those people had no other way to know of Him? Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Brenda
Eternal marriage is a necessary ordinance just as baptism is. Everyone, either in this life or during the Millennium, will have the opportunity to marry. God only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman. Anything else is an abomination in His sight. Homosexual feelings are not a sin. Acting on those feelings is. Just like any other weakness, it can become a strength through faith and the atoning power of Jesus Christ. It takes a great deal of patience, and perhaps requires remaining single and celibate in this life. However, if faithful, no one will be denied all blessings and that includes marriage and family. So the LDS Church doesn't deny same-sex marriage to punish anyone. It does it out of love and concern for every individual. For if the homosexual person remains faithful and patient, they will be blessed far beyond anything this life can offer. We want everyone to have those long-term blessings, rather than exchange them for short-term, temporary options. Also, we strongly believe that every child has the right to be raised in a loving home by a married mother and father. We believe that we as adults, have the responsibility to do our best to provide this to our children. No man can be a mother, and no woman can be a father. Children need both. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brenda
The doctrine of grace is Christ's atonement. We do our best, stumble, make mistakes, start again. After all we do, it will never be enough, simply because none of us are perfect. Only Christ was perfect. So through His atonement, He makes up the difference. He pays the ransom for our sins, as long as we repent and keep trying. Christ is our advocate to the Father. I cannot do it alone. With Christ, I can. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Brenda
We live like regular people with a few differences. We attend church for 3+ hours every Sunday. We strive to keep the commandments of Christ. We pay tithing. We don't drink alcohol, use tobacco, or drink coffee or tea. We believe in remaining chaste until after marriage and we do not use the Lord's name casually or disrespectfully. Other than that we're like most people. We love our families. We have a lot of fun. We love recreation, sports, dancing, music, and our hobbies run the gamut. We serve others. We pray. We go to work in careers of every kind, and look forward to going home at the end of the day. We forget to put the garbage out or gas up the car, and would rather go out to lunch than do laundry. Just regular people. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brenda
Simple. Obey the commandments and ask God. He is the only objective one whom you can really trust at this point. No need to believe me, nor anyone else here. Just ask God. Be humble and do your best, and live as you feel God wants you to live, and He will lead you to the truth. However, God will probably not give you an answer until He knows you are ready to receive it. This is because He loves you enough to not condemn you with knowledge you are not ready to accept and commit to. Show more Show less

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

Brenda
We're all different, yet have a common thread. We're all sizes, all ages, all personalities, all interests. Yet we know who we are. We are literally spirit daughters of our Father in Heaven, and that makes us spirit sisters to each other. We enjoy being together, have a lot of fun together, teach each other, and serve each other.   Equality between men and women? Yes, in how much God loves us. No, in our roles and responsibilities. Yes, in our potential. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Brenda
The Church pays for some of the transportation expenses, but the bulk is paid by the missionary and his/her family. We sent 3 sons on missions and the financial sacrifice was significant. However, the blessings are priceless. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Brenda
Shun it. Avoid it like the plague. Don't support it financially. Protest it through letters, emails, phone calls. Set the example to your kids. Don't let it into your house. Pornography is a powerful tool of Satan. Don't go near it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brenda
No. We revere him as a prophet, just as we revere all the prophets of the Bible. We worship only God, just as we are instructed to do in the Ten Commandments. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Brenda
Busy! Lots to do, as the possibilities for service are endless - ie. teaching, administrating, record keeping, visiting, missionary work, and in general - doing as the Savior instructed when He said, "Feed my sheep". This is definitely a 24/7 religion. We share in the leadership and we all carry the load. We are all shepherds, and we are also the flock. Sometimes it's our turn to serve others, and sometimes it's our turn to be served. However, our first and foremost responsibility is to our family. It all starts there. One of the best things about being a member is that wherever you go, anywhere in the world, you will always have friends. You just locate the closest LDS chapel and you are home. This is because the LDS Church is the same throughout the world. Same doctrine, same structure, same lessons, same hymns, same goals. All led by the same living prophet. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Brenda
The largest and oldest women's organization on earth.  The name is outdated, yet is deeply and fondly entrenched in our history. We are to give relief to the -- lonely, sad, hungry, poor, etc. Relief Society members are among the most fun, classiest, brightest, most talented and downright awesome women ever! We meet together weekly to teach and learn gospel principles from each other, in addition to other get-togethers where we learn skills and do service projects. Much of what I do to keep my home & family in some semblance of order, I learn in Relief Society. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Brenda
A ward is a congregation that meets together in church meetings each week, defined by geographic boundaries. Where you live determines your ward. A branch is a small ward. A stake is a group of approximately 8-12 wards or branches. Each ward/branch is led by a bishop who is much like a minister or pastor. Each stake is led by a stake president who trains and assists the bishops in their responsibilities. Stakes are part of regions and areas, each with leadership, on up to the prophet and president of the Church. Your ward, branch, stake becomes your 2nd family. There you will make wonderful friends. It is the close-knit community that today's society seems to have lost. We care for and about our ward members. Wherever you may go in this world, there is a ward/branch/stake family waiting for you, ready to adopt you in, put you to work, and love you. It's really quite wonderful. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Brenda
Because of God's great love for each of us, He does not give us anything we are not ready for. This applies to all answers to our prayers. W/o the proper understanding and commitment, we are not ready for the covenants and promises we make and receive in the temple. When we are ready, we are welcomed into the temple. We do not discuss outside its walls, some of the aspects of the temple, due to the above reason. These things are sacred and w/o the proper understanding, they can be, and have been disrespected. Temple ordinances are gifts from God, and we strive to protect them and to also protect they who might displease God by their ill-informed behavior. Before each new temple is dedicated to the Lord, its doors are open and all are invited, and encouraged, to tour the inside. We welcome honest questions about our faith. We love to share our beliefs. After the dedication, we continue to welcome everyone inside, by first learning and accepting our religion through baptism. We would love to see the entire world come through its doors and receive the blessings therein. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Brenda
God. Just as He has chosen all His prophets since Adam. Show more Show less