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Hi I'm Brynley

I'm an artist, clinical social worker, mother of three, and a born-and-bred New Yorker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an artist, as well as a trained, clinical social worker with a passion for helping people and a particular interest in Hospice and Palliative Care. I've done a wide variety of things professionally, including hospice social work, autism behavior therapy, teaching English abroad, running a surgical practice at a major hospital, and teaching Zumba at our local YMCA. In my free time, I enjoy reading, singing and listening to music, finding various outlets for my creative energies, creating and selling artwork, exercising, and spending time in nature. I married my high-school sweetheart, who is a Jewish convert to the Church, and we have two little girls and a boy who keep us on our toes and teach us daily about how to love. I currently have the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom, though I am passionate about my social work profession and hope to get back into the workforce when the time feels right and circumstances permit it. In the meantime, I am enjoying focusing on nurturing and raising our kids while also making time to create and sell art whenever possible. Life is an adventure and I am grateful for the Gospel and how it has guided and will surely continue to guide mine and my family's paths.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church because, through living its teachings, I have been able to develop a close, personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Through my membership, I have gained a sure testimony that God knows me, loves me, and is aware of and concerned about my individual life, as I have been carefully and lovingly guided through both the good and challenging parts of my life, and I have been blessed with grace, strength, and ability beyond my own. Time and time again, I have received personal direction about my individual mission in this life and the paths I must walk to fulfill that mission. Such revelation has helped me to better understand how much God loves all of His children, how much potential we have within us, and how we can eventually reach that potential by yielding our hearts and our lives to Him.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in both formal and informal ways. I have a formal calling to serve as a Sunday School teacher to the adults in our congregation, but I also live my faith by doing simple and less formal things like praying and reading the scriptures daily, seeking to strengthen family bonds, regularly setting and striving toward spiritual goals, and providing service to friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who may be in need.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Mormon Temples provide a sacred space where, through the power and authority of God given to His appointed servants, marriages and families can be united together forever, not just until death. In addition, within the walls of the Temple, we learn more about our relationship with God and Jesus Christ, our Divine and eternal nature, and we make promises to be virtuous, charitable, benevolent, tolerant, and to use our talents and resources to help the rest of God's children. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Mormon Church never endorses political parties, and it prohibits the use of Church buildings and telephone directories for political purposes. The Church encourages members to be educated about current events and issues and to be politically active, but it never dictates which party we should join. While the Church does occasionally speak out on moral issues that happen to be hot political topics, it always addresses the moral principle and never refers to the political parties which endorse or reject that principle. Mormon political views vary significantly and run the spectrum from liberal to conservative, as evidenced by such well-known LDS politicians as Democrat Harry Reid and Republican Mitt Romney. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

By Divine design, women and men have been given different, but equally important and mutually supportive, roles and responsibilities. While women do not hold the priesthood, they regularly preach from pulpits, and they serve as organization presidents, teachers, and committee chairs, even at the global level of leadership. We even have our own organization within the Church, called the Relief Society. This group is the largest and one of the oldest women’s groups in the world, including well over 5 million members all across the world. I am proud to be an LDS woman! Show more Show less