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Hi I'm Brittany Volquardsen

I am a photographer. I'm serving a mission in Spain. I am an aspiring world traveler. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single young woman who loves to read, plays the cello, loves to marvel at the night sky, loves the feel of sand between her toes, and loves to climb trees (not very strong though so sometimes I need help). I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho and Master of Fine Arts degree from Aberystwyth University in photography. I decided to leave home and study abroad for my Masters degree and it was the best decision I ever made. I made some of the best friends of my life and it was another step on the path to my full-time mission to Madrid, Spain. Life is too short and the world is so big that I feel I should start now if I want to see it all. I've already been all over the USA, France, Scotland, England, Wales, N. Ireland, Guam, Japan, Mexico, and Spain. That's a FRACTION of the world-- There is SO MUCH MORE to see. Photographing and creating art is one way I interact with the world around me. I compose the world the way I see it and I haven't seen it all yet! The Lord made this world and in all the hustle and bustle I like to slow down and take notice.

Why I am a Mormon

My story is very long, but to sum it all up, I am a Mormon because the gospel and the plan of salvation feels familiar and real. I did not grow up in this faith and I am still the only practicing member of the LDS church in my family. It is a challenge at times, but "I know it" and I "cannot deny it" because this gospel has been the net under the tightrope performance of my life. When I make mistakes and feel the pressures of the world creeping in to consume my spirit and corrupt my heart, it is through Jesus Christ and this gospel that I am made strong enough to bear it and get through it. My troubles are "but a small moment" and I trust that the Lord will keep his promises that I will find peace and joy even in difficult times. This gospel makes it possible to have joy and peace in trials. It has made all the difference in my life to be a Mormon. I wouldn't change a thing.

How I live my faith

Since I have moved to Aberystwyth, Wales, I have been called to be the Young Women's first counselor-- youth leader for young women between 12-18 years of age. I have this amazing opportunity to work with the youth and play an active role in their lives to help encourage them and help them build their testimony of Jesus Christ. It blesses my life and reminds me of my youth and the experiences I had and the promises I made then to live my life with my feet planted in the gospel. The area I live in has a small population of LDS church members, so I am serving in a small branch and have only 5 young women. Even with such a small number, the difference it makes in your life to be a part of theirs-- I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have decided to serve as a missionary and have been called to labor in the Spain Madrid Mission. I imagined serving in many different places around the world, but Spain hadn't really crossed my mind. It was completely unexpected, but now I can't imagine serving a mission anywhere else. For many years I thought about serving a mission, but the timing was never right until now. All the crossroads of my life have led me here. The Lord has a plan for me because He loves me and it took a while to put all of my trust in Him and allow Him to take the reigns in my life, but it has made all the difference. I am happiest when I put my trust in Him. I look forward to being an instrument in His hands to serve and love His children.