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Hi I'm Brenda

I grew up in the US. I'm a mother of six, an attorney and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 6 children--3 boys and 3 girls--and I love being a mom!I have the most incredible husband who is my best friend and we've been married for 30 years. I have a limited estate planning law practice as I also serve as Director of Legal/Communications for a technology company my husband started. I love playing the piano, reading, vacationing on warm sandy beaches, playing games and riding my bike. Racquetball and wallyball were my all-time favorite pasttimes until I had a serious injury. I've always wanted to write fiction but have too many interests to slow down long enough to write. I'm the oldest of 11 children and my family members are my dearest friends!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon faith as my parents were both members of the church. I was raised in a very religious home and always had a desire to live the teachings that were shared with me by my parents and church teachers. Even though I was usually the only Mormon in my grade at school, I knew that I wanted what the church had to offer, even if it meant I sometimes felt alone. As a young adult my beliefs were solidified and my testimony of the truthfulness of the things I had been taught as a child grew. I wanted my children and my husband to be mine through eternity; I loved the principle of eternal families. I have cherished the knowledge of God that I have been given -- for the comfort, the peace and the hope it gives me. I am grateful for prayer, through which I feel God's love for me and receive guidance when I am seeking direction. I honestly feel such happiness because of my beliefs and because of my association with the members of my church that I would never want anything else. Knowing there is a living prophet who directs the church gives me calm "amid the storms of life" and the assurance that if I follow his counsel, all will be well. I am not immune from struggles and tragedies because of my faith, but my understanding of the purpose of life helps me accept and realize why everything in my life can't always be easy and perfect. I am most grateful to be on this earth at this time, to be part of a loving forever family, and to have a knowledge of restored truths.

How I live my faith

I've had such a variety of positions in my church throughout my life. When I was a teenager, I played the piano weekly for Primary (the children's meeting) and then from the time I was a young adult through the present, I have played the organ for our Sunday worship services and the piano for many different choirs and all types of meetings. I worked in the Primary (for children aged 18 months-12 years) for 17 years straight, teaching Sunday School classes, as music chorister, and in presidencies. I was even a local missionary for two years, serving with another mother of six! I taught gospel doctrine classes to adults for nearly 4 years and am currently teaching young women ages 12-18, and I love participating with them! One of my favorite callings in the church is that of visiting teacher -- I love visiting other women and sharing personal and spiritual experiences with them. The ladies I have visited throughout my life have become my treasured friends.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

I think the grace of God is evident in our very lives and in His creations which are all around us. I believe that as we have faith and are obedient to the Lord's commands, we receive God's help in our lives and He blesses and strengthens us. We must go to Him with humble, repentant hearts and seek His will and follow His instruction, and He in turn will forgive us of our sins and never fail us. Show more Show less