Hi I'm Brenda
I am a married mother of one teenage boy, one teenage girl and a preteen girl.
I am married for time and all eternity to my best friend. We have two teenagers, a boy and a girl, and one preteen girl. We live in California were we enjoy spending time together as a family. Some of our favorite family activities include, bicycling, trips to the beach or hiking and camping. Our favorite hiking/camping destination is Yosemite which is only a few short hours from home and where we can go to enjoy Heavenly Father's wonderful creations and feel his love for us through them. Our favorite Sunday of the year is when we get to go to the Yosemite Chapel with the Young Men of our congregation and have and help run the services there while the Young Men offer the sacrament to all those in attendance. What a beautiful place to show grattitude for Heavenly Father and all he has given us. I love living a healthy and active lifestyle. I want to keep up with my children and in order for me to do that I need to eat healthy and stay active. I actually enjoy making whole grain breads out of grains I have ground into flour myself. I enjoy cooking from scratch and figuring out ways to make my foods healthier. I haven't always been this healthy in eating or this active but since becoming so again I find that I feel closer to my Heavenly Father when I take care of my body in a way that would be pleasing to him.
Why I am a Mormon
Even though I was born to parents who were members of the church I still had the choice to make as to whether or not I wanted to stay in the church. I learned young that my life was so much easier to live when I lived the teachings of the gospel. A lot of people have commented that the church takes your freedom away but to me it gives you so much more freedom when you live the gospel. I am free from the consequences of not making good choices. I am free of addictions that I might otherwise suffer from. I am free to be me by living the gospel and I am free to collect on all the many blessings that I get when I make good choices. I am far from perfect. I make many mistakes but because of the gospel of Jesus Christ I know of Heavenly Father's and Jesus' love for me and I know I can repent of my sins through Jesus' atonement for me and all mankind. I am thankful for the sacrifices he has made us. Every blessing I recieve I want for my family and friends and for all mankind but I know that each individual will have to chose this for themselves. Heavenly Father offers us a bounty of treasures but it is up to us individually to take them and to chose what we will do with these treasures.
How I live my faith
Joseph Smith was once asked how he was able to get all of his followers to do what he told them to do. His response was that he taught them correct principles and then let them govern themselves. In raising our children my husband and I try to teach our children correct principles so that when they mature they will be prepared to govern themselves. We try to do the basics with them of holding weekly Family Home Evenings, daily scripture study and family prayer. I try to live my my religion so that others who see how I live will want to have some of the wonderful blessings that I enjoy. I hope that by my example others will find an interest in the gospel of Jesus Christ and will want to live better lives themselves.