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Hi I'm Brianna

I grew up in the south, went to college, got married, and am now a working mom going back to school for my M.S. degree!

About Me

I am a wife and mother. I graduated with my B.S. in Civil Engineering and then entered the work force. I am a working mother and will shortly be moving to pursue my M.S. in Civil Engineering. I grew up participating in sports, music, clubs, academics, and lots of family activities. I am always up for trying new things (with the exception of some unusual foods). I love watching movies and playing games. The beach is one of my favorite places on earth, and chocolate is my favorite food.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me from a young age that we have a Heavenly Father who loves and cares for each one of us. As I got older I studied the scriptures and teachings of Christ's gospel for myself and know that they are true. I have felt in my heart and soul that Christ is my personal Savior. He loves me. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want me to return to them, with my family. I am a Mormon because I want to be with my family forever. I want to be with my husband forever. I know this is possible through following Christ's teachings to the best of my ability. I am not anywhere near perfect, but know that I can repent, and try my hardest. I know that nothing I do will change that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me. When I try to be a good person, full of integrity and compassion I am in turn filled with love, hope, and peace. I am happiest and most able to deal with life's ups and downs when I am following His gospel.

How I live my faith

With my husband I teach 3 and 4 year-olds about how much their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love them. It brings me so much joy to see them each Sunday and watch them understand, feel love, and hear all the cute things that kids say. I try each day to be an optimistic person, and to give others the benefit of the doubt. I try to read my scriptures each day, and pray to stay close to Heavenly Father. I serve my husband with as much love, compassion, and patience as I can.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Brianna
Our Father in Heaven wants us to get to know Him. We can read the scriptures. The scriptures are full of teachings about Him, His Son, and how to better know Heavenly Father. I pray to know Heavenly Father better because I can receive answers to my prayers. These might not be whole sentences, but I can feel His love for me, and His peace. This allows me to know Him and His feelings for me. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Brianna
Being a Mormon is a way of life that is many ways looks the same as anyone's life. We have families, work, participate in the community, go about all the daily-grind things that are ever-present in this life. We also go to church each Sunday. The way in which being a Mormon might differ from other's lives is that we consider our religion something that is part of every day life. We pray over meals, in the morning and before bed, as well as whenever we feel the need to show our gratitude to our Heavenly Father or ask Him for blessings. We try to continuously learn more about the gospel and strengthen our understanding of His plan for us by studying the scriptures and what today's prophet has taught. We live by standards that are important to us as a means to be closer to God and live as Christ taught. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Brianna
The church finances its operations mainly through tithe offerings. Members (including myself) donate 10% of our income to the church. I donate because I believe that is what God has asked me to do and I everything we have is a blessing from Him. Giving back 10% to help run the operations of the church isn't a burden but a privilege that I'm happy to do. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Brianna
We believe that God has a desire for all of His children to return to Heaven. There were 12 apostles at the time of Christ to help spread the gospel and guide the people toward Christ. That was the organization of His church and it sill is. There 12 apostles now to do the same exact thing - to spread the gospel of Christ and guide people to Christ. Modern day prophets and apostles are able to counsel us about issues specific to our time. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Brianna
Yes, I believe it is true. In the Book of Mormon we learn of a family that left Jerusalem approximately 600 years before Christ came to earth and came to North America. We then learn about the dealings of the people all the way through approximately 400 A.D. After Christ was crucified and visited his disciples in the Old World He visited the people in North America. The Book of Mormon recounts His visit, telling of how he taught the gospel, healed the sick, blessed the children, and organized His Church among the people in the Americas. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Brianna
The missionaries will talk to you about Jesus Christ and His Atonement. They will discuss what we believe about Jesus, that he is the Son of God and was sent here to teach us how to return to our Heavenly Father as well as to make the sacrifices necessary so that we can repent and return to Heaven after this life. They can also answer questions about the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and teach about how we follow Christ. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Brianna
Reading the scriptures brings many blessings. As I read the scriptures I find that my life is more filled with peace. My struggles don't disappear but my ability to handle them increases as I strengthen my relationship with God through studying the scriptures. Also, as I study the scriptures prayerfully I find understanding and answers to questions I have. Show more Show less