Hi I'm Britty
I'm 26 years old and joined the church when I was 17. I've been married for over 8 years and we have a wonderful 6 year old daughter. I'm a stay-at-home homeschooling mom and I love spending time with my family and teaching my daughter new things. I like cooking, learning to be more self-sufficient, singing, and serving others. I love learning about how I can be more eco-friendly and live a more sustainable lifestyle. I am a food allergy mom! My daughter has an egg allergy, along with very difficult seasonal allergies. It is a specific challenge God has given our family. I feel like it has opened us up to a world we wouldn't otherwise know about. Helping spread information about food allergies is something I've tried to do more of lately. Our family is currently helping to raise money to support research and education for food allergies. I am also a bisexual Mormon. I'm becoming more open about this part of my life so that others who are struggling with their faith or want to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints know that there are members of the LGBT community who are faithful LDS members. Being a member of the Church with Same-Sex Attraction has made me more compassionate and understanding of others. It's brought me closer to my Heavenly Father while I've prayed about my specific needs and challenges.
Why I am a Mormon
Before I visited a Mormon church, I had no idea what it was about. I didn't know it was really called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I literally knew nothing about the religion. All I knew was that the nicest people at my school always turned out to be Mormon. I invited myself to my now husband's church meeting because I felt drawn to it. I've never been really interested in religion before, I wasn't the kind of teen you would expect to see at church. My parents are Christian, but we never went to church regularly, prayed other than at dinner sometimes, or read the Bible. I just really wanted to know what was different about this church that made my teenage friends so happy and kind. What I learned is so true to what I already knew in my heart, but hadn't found yet. I love knowing that we are all part of God's plan and that we can live with him once again. This church is the true restored church of Jesus Christ. My life has been truly blessed as I have been trying to live God's Commandments.
What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?
My husband and I have recently been praying nightly and often together. We have developed a more harmonious relationship because we are able to share this together. We have Family Home Evening every week, and are able to spend time thinking together and sharing thoughts. Every day, I enjoy hearing my husband's prayers because I lets me in on what he is feeling and thinking and what is most important to him.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
A big challenge that we've had is paying our tithing. When you have a little baby and not enough money to cover the bills, it is hard to give 10% of that little money you have, away. My husband made it a priority to pay our tithing and I have joined in full heartedly. We have recieved more blessings than we could have imagined and have not gone one month without being able to pay our bills. Somehow, we've been pulling through and we thank Our Heavenly Father often for the blessings he has given us.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
Through my faith in Jesus Christ, I have had many many blessings. Since becoming a member of the church, I've married my wonderful husband and had a beautiful baby. Since becoming an active and worthy member of the church, our blessing have grown so high I can't explain. As soon as we started paying our tithing (though we have not much money) we have been blessed with the opportunity to buy a house, one that is stable and safe and we are able to pay for it. We have been blessed to buy this house just before the end of the tax credit, we recieved that money in just enough time to pay bills on time and have been able to pay off our debt. One week, we payed our tithing on a Sunday, knowing fully that we would not be able to pay our bills the following week. That next Monday, we were blessed with a large gift of money and we were able to pay our bills, and tithing on that as well. I have an illness and through the power the Holy Spirit, I have been able to overcome more and more trials. Every day I pray, I feel uplifted and motivated to do the things I need to. Every day I read the scriptures, my burdens are lightened and my outlook improved. My faith in Jesus Christ grows stronger every day.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
One big thing we have done is we stay away from higher than PG-13 movies. We are a young couple and our friends are often seeing movies that are R rated or going to clubs and parties. We miss the social interaction, but we gain much more by keeping the Spirit with us. We hope to set a good example for our friends and hope they will want to receive the blessings that we receive. We also homeschool our daughter. We do this for several reasons, but one of those reasons is to lesson her exposure to bad influences and create a strong family bond.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
After I got baptized, I still wasn't making right choices. Soon, I stopped going to church. Although I still had a testimony of this church, it was weakened. Once I had my baby, I knew that we needed to go to church because I want her to be raised with worthy parents. We started going to church every Sunday, but that wasn't enough. I started praying more. Then, I started reading scriptures more. When we started paying tithing, we were blessed with the ability to buy a house of our own. We pray before meals, we pray before bed together, we have Family Home Evening where we learn about gospel principles, I go to church activities. Going back to church was an easy step for us and by making that step, it was easier for us to really start living worthily. In James 1, it talks about "hearers" and "doers." I was once only a hearer of the word, but once I started being a doer too, my life changed dramatically.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
Knowing the purpose of being here is the best thing that could have happened to me. I know now that this 80+ years of hard decisions and sometimes suffering, will end in my eternal happiness if I spend this "probation" working on myself and making good choices. I love knowing that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me.
Could you talk about your baptism?
I was baptized when I was 17, against the wishes of my parents. I, however, had read some of the Book of Mormon and had met with the Missionaries. I felt the Holy Ghost and He made it known to me that this church was true. At my baptism, I had people I had recently met at church give talks and I picked some songs I liked that we all sang. There were many many people who came to watch my baptism, many of whom I did not know. I asked someone I knew most of my life to baptize me, he was the same age as me. It was his first time baptizing anyone, but I think he did a good job. Unfortunately, I forgot a towel, and so did the guy baptizing me! Luckly, my boyfriend (now my husband)'s mom ran home to get some food she left there and grabbed a towel just in case I hadn't brought one. (prompting of the Holy Ghost? probably) My baptism was the best feeling I'd had. I felt renewed and every Sunday I take the Sacrament I feel my covent renewed and I feel peace.
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
Everyday we make choices and these little choices we make will end up deciding the fate of our souls after our bodies die. I pray throughout the day, follow the Word of Wisdom by not drinking coffee or tea, I don't watch movies that are more than PG-13 and if a movie under that rating is still inappropriate, I turn it off. By having Family Home Evening each week and going to church and church activities, it keeps my faith strong and makes it easier to make those little choices correctly. Faith in Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation/Happiness helps me to know that while I may suffer now from something I want now, but don't take, after I die, I will live eternally happy. What could be better than that?
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost helps me often, as long as I am listening. When I pray and read the scriptures often and when I attend church often, I am more able to hear the Holy Ghost. I believe that the Holy Ghosts reminds me to pray in time of need and comforts me when I need it. The Holy Ghost helps me choose what is right. One time, I had the sudden urge while making breakfast to call my husband and remind him to pray (he forgets sometimes). As I walked from the kitchen to the living room, I was just in time to stop my baby from pulling a tv tray down on herself! If I hadn't had the urging of the Holy Ghost, my child could have been injured. I rescued my baby and called my husband to remind him to pray and to thank Our Heavenly Father for our blessings. I've experienced things like this many many times, after 50 times it can't be a coincedence.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
The biggest way I share the gospel with my friends is through example. If they ask me what I did on Sunday, I say I went to church. My religion is a big part of my life, so I don't cut it out of my conversations and interactions with them. If they talk of troubles they are having, I speak of my beliefs and suggest prayer. It is up to them whether they want to learn more, and often I've had friends ask me questions. I invite them over to learn more. I want them to learn about the gospel because I know that it's true and I know it can bless their lives.
How has attending Church services helped you?
Attending Church services renews my spirit and strengthens my faith for the weeks ahead. There was a time when I first joined the Church that I didn't go to Church services often and it weakened my testimony. There are times when I feel down and don't feel like getting myself ready for Church, but when I go I feel great and I never regret going. It makes me sad when I visit with someone and they say they haven't gone to Church recently because they're depressed or stressed. I try to tell them that, that is the exact reason they should go to Church! Going to Church services enlightens me and it makes me happy.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
God has given each of us talents and gifts. He gives us different ones so we can help others and work together. I have a gift for creativity which I love to share with children in my homeschool co-op and with friends and family. My husband and I work together and use our specific gifts to work together in our marriage.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is a very important part of my life. We believe that God can help us in all things, so I even pray before shopping. I have prayed for help in buying a car, and even something as simple as finding modest clothes for a low price that we can afford. The best thing is that God has answered my prayers on these occasions and helped us with these things if it is what He wants as well.
How I live my faith
My faith is an active part of my life and my family. I pray and read scriptures personally and with my family. I love serving in my church, community, and family. I like to use social media to share gospel messages online. I also love to talk about Christ with anyone wanting more information. I love visiting Temples! Whenever my family has to travel, I always plan our trips around local Temples. I feel like making them a focal point on our trips brings our attention to the gospel more and the saving ordinances done in the Temple. We like to get a picture of our daughter touching the Temple and making sure she understands how special we believe they are. As my husband and I strive to live the gospel principles, we hope we can encourage our daughter to seek her faith as she grows and gain her own strong testimony of Christ.