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Hi I'm Brenda

I'm a school teacher, a technology specialist, a mother of four boys, a friend to my husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For many years, I loved playing classical guitar. Since being diagnosed with MS, this has become difficult (numb fingers). I try to golf with my husband as my energy holds out. I work full-time for a school district running the curriculum databases and helping teachers integrate technology. I read a lot, and doing pencil puzzles has helped me keep my mind sharp. My favorite pasttime now is playing with my 7 dear grandchildren! And indexing has been a fun way to spend time on the computer doing something helpful! My husband and I will hit the 33 years married milestone later this year. It is great having a spouse with the same spiritual foundation. We have enjoyed raising four great sons! All four completed missions for the church. Two served in Argentina, and two served in California. We were totally blessed as a family because of this service.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into a family that were members of this wonderful church! As a small child, I had experiences that taught me that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me, and knows me. The church has been my strength during adversity and is such an integral part of my life that I can't separate it from who I am. I have truly been blessed to have the knowledge and peace that this gospel gives to all who are members.

How I live my faith

Music brings such happiness to the soul! Whether it has been teaching children of all ages hymns that help guide them in their lives, singing with young women up in the mountains, or singing with others from my congregation, music in the church has blessed me. I am truly inspired by music about our Savior. I've had opportunities to teach adults and children about the gospel and its principles. I've been blessed financially to always have what I need by a lifelong dedication to paying tithing first. I've met so many wonderful people by getting the opportunity to serve with and for them. And I in turn have been blessed by service from others.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

My testimony of the Holy Ghost is a strong one! The Holy Ghost is my friend, the one that will always be there with me to comfort, guide, console, remind, and protect me from myself. He bears truth to me constantly! For example, I have sat in classes where the science teacher is explaining something, and my heart will burn with, "This is a true principle!" I truly believe in that day when we meet the three members of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost will be most familiar to me because he is the one constantly by my side. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons are some of the happiest people on earth! We live like many do, going to work, participating in community activities, supporting our schools, leading, following, that kind of thing. Mormons do try to keep the Sabbath a holy day by not shopping or eating out on Sundays. We may do more family activities on that day, or visit the sick, elderly, or extended family members. We don't drink alcohol or smoke. You probably are surrounded by Mormons and just don't know it! We look pretty much like everyone else and do normal things that others do. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormon missionaries proselyte out of love for their fellow man. There is so much happiness in living the gospel that we want to share that with everyone. Life as a Mormon is not "difficulty" free, but there is a peace in knowing and understanding the plan our Father in Heaven has for us. That peace is something we want everyone to have! Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tithing is such a great opportunity to be blessed by the Lord! Heavenly Father has given us everything - this world, our families, our lives. All He asks is for us to give a mere 10 back to help the gospel grow, spread and function. It is a test of obedience, but one with great paybacks! My family has never been in want, and I know that is a direct blessing from always giving 10 of what we have back to the Lord. I am so grateful for this principle! Show more Show less