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Hi I'm Brenda B

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother; daughter, sister, aunt and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married for over 32 years to the same great (in my eyes!) man. I have 2 terrific sons who are married to wonderful women and 6 brilliant grandchildren; all of whom I love with all my heart. I am a convert to the Church and serve in my callings with all my heart. I love being a wife, mother and grandmother. I enjoy scrapbooking and sewing, when I'm not working my part-time job or tending grandchildren. I am also heavily involved in family history research.

Why I am a Mormon

Life has not been easy for us. We have had our share of battles and even life threatening events; however with the Gospel as our foundation, we have made it through these trials. I truly believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints is the same church Christ organized when he walked upon the earth over 2000 years ago. Before joining the Church, as I attended other churches I often wondered about apostles and prophets. Why would the Lord have them in the Old and New Testament times, but not now? Do we not need the same guidance as His ancient chosen Israel did? Does He not love us the same as He loves them? If He is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow, where are those wise men to give us guidance, counsel and reassurance that I read about in the scriptures? Through meeting with the missionaries, I came to know that we do have apostles and prophets on the earth today, to give us the guidance and direction that we need. I love to hear their words and know that it is what my Father in Heaven would have me know and do; and that He does love and care about me just as He did Children of Israel.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in our stake (area made up of several congregations) as an assistant director of the Family History Center. In the past I have served in the ward (local congregation) as a teacher in the Primary (the organization for the children), Young Woman’s (organization for teenage girls) and Relief Society (the Women's organization). I have also served as the president and counselor for each of those groups as well. I have also served in other callings in the stake. I taught in the early morning seminary program for over 10 years. For my profession, I have worked for the past 16 years in the insurance industry. While my children were growing, I was pretty much a “stay at home” mom, which I completely loved! In the community, I have helped with the food bank as well as cleaning up in local parks, helping in the schools and volunteering at public events. I have attended and spoken at school board & city council meetings. As a family we have given service to others by taking in meals, doing yard work, cleaning houses and helping with transportation. I believe that we must show what we believe by our example. We must live as the Savior taught and love our neighbors as our selves. We must reach out to those in need and not wait to be asked.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Brenda B
We perform baptisms for the dead because we love our family. The family is central to all that we believe; it is the primary unit of the Church and of Society. We love our families and believe that once we leave this earth life, we will have the opportunity to live with our families again; in the presence of our Heavenly Father. We also believe that we are spirit children of our Heavenly Father and that He loves all His children equally. Some have lived on the earth when the fulnes of the Gospel was not. Those children will have the same opportunity to hear His Gospel however they must be willing to make and keep sacred covenants. Because they are no longer on the earth in physical bodies, they are not able to do this for themselves. They rely upon us, their progenitors, to do this work for them. We submit their names for the ordinances to be performed in the Holy Temples and then serve as proxies for them therein. We don’t count them on the membership of the Church. We believe that they have agency to accept or reject the temple work that is done for them. This binds and ties families together both physically here on the earth and for the eternities. The Doctrine & Covenants tells us that we need each other to be made perfect in Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Brenda B
Relief Society (RS) is a wonderful organization for women; all women can participate - members of the Church or not. It is a great way to learn new talents, develop skills, give humanitarian aid and relief as well as make new friends. Each Sunday, we meet and have a lesson that is about 40 minutes long. The ward RS Presidency consisting of 3 women from the ward congregation preside or lead in the meeting. There is a teacher who presents the topic for the lesson. All are encouraged to participate and share thoughts, ideas and feelings. Usually these are on a gospel related subject such as Faith, Honesty, Paying Tithes & Offerings, The Need & Purpose of the Atonement, etc. During the week, the women may meet together, either in someone's home or at the Church, for an activity. These can vary greatly in their purpose. Sometimes it is to work on giving aid and assistance to others such as humanitarian efforts; other times it is for personal reasons such as a craft or home beautification project. The activity could be related to employment or household management. There are times when we have a light meal and homemaking skills are taught. Teachers at these meetings are generally chosen from the sisters in the ward and done on a volunteer bases. Over the years Relief Society has helped me to be a better wife and mother, as well as a better person by helping me develop skills necessary to become the person, the daughter, that Heavenly Father want me to be. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brenda B
YES! Yes! A thousand times, Yes! The name of the Church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". We believe that Jesus Christ himself instructed the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr in every step of reorangizing His Church. ... we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. We believe that we are saved by His Grace, after we do all that we can. Show more Show less