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Hi I'm Brenda

I grew up in Canada, live in the USA, & worked in Samoa. I love people. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I moved to the USA because I married an American but have close ties with my family who still lives in Canada. We moved quite a bit because of education and employment. We have been blessed with 7 children although 3 of our children died in their first year of life due to a genetic condition. Our living children live from the east to the west coast, which is difficult, but we maintain a close relationship. We currently have 19 grandchildren. I have chosen to be a homemaker for most of my married life but because my husband is a counselor I have been actively involved over the years with teaching parenting classes and marriage enrichment seminars, and worked as a photographer and parent liaison for youth treatment programs for several years. The time we spent in Samoa is especially meaningful to me. I am a happy person and love to help others. Service makes me especially happy. I love reading, photography, counted cross-stitch, decorating Ukrainian eggs, hiking, and travel. I love beauty of any kind.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't born into the Church but my parents were converted when I was small so my earliest recollections are in the Church. I have always known that my Father in Heaven loves me. When I was in high school in Canada, a group of my friends started discussing whether or not Columbus really did discover America. I'd never really thought to question anything of that nature before but it opened my mind to the possibility that I needed to learn truth, in all forms, for myself. I started to evaluate and ponder truth, including my religion. I'm a thinker and a philosophizer so I learned a lot during this process and stopped taking my religion for granted. About a year later, I had an opportunity to attend a church meeting with native Americans in the forests of Canada. We sat on logs as a middle-aged man in blue jeans passed the Sacrament to each of us. My heart burned within me and I knew this was true religion. My entire soul yearned to embrace it! It was a short time after that experience that I began to read the Book of Mormon. I wanted to stand on the rooftops and scream to the world, "This is true!!" I KNEW what I was reading was the word of God. I know with all of my heart and soul that this is the same religion that was on the earth when Christ lived and that it has been restored in these latter days. I know the same organization exists on the earth today because God loves all of His children, past and present. People call us Mormons but we are the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The gospel gives me comfort; it gives me hope; it helps me be a better person; it helps me know who I am and the purpose of life; it helps me know what I can become. Even when trials surround me (and they often have), I have peace because I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we will all be resurrected and that through Him, I can overcome all things, including myself.

How I live my faith

My life is service centered. I reach out to everyone I pass or meet, whether it be a smile, a compliment, a kind word, or a helping hand. I know Christ set the perfect example and I am trying so hard to follow the pattern He has given us. I love to share my faith and my feelings about the gospel. I have grown a lot through adversity because of my faith and because of this I have much to share that can help others. My husband and I try to be good neighbors and provide assistance whenever there is a need. My most important role is that of a wife, mother, and grandmother; I take this responsibility very seriously and try to be supportive and a good example while still encouraging independence in our children.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Pray to Him; learn of Him through the holy scriptures; obey His commandments. The more we try to follow His ways, the more we will come to know Him. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

It would be beneficial to learn through full-time missionaries so you can learn in an organized way, but the most important thing you can do is to read the Book of Mormon. If you will read it with a sincere and prayerful heart and ask God if it is true, He will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. If the Book of Mormon is true (and it is), then it follows that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God because he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, there is a prophet on the earth today. His name is Thomas S Monson. God loves us as much as He loved His children in earlier periods. We certainly need a prophet as much as earlier members of His church needed one. It is comforting to know that the Church is the same whenever it has been upon the earth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

God loves all of His children. It wouldn't be just if only those who lived in the right place at the right time had access to this saving ordinance. Baptisms for the dead allows a living person to do this earthly ordinance for someone who has died and can't do it for him or herself. Of course, the person who has died has the opportunity to accept or reject the baptism that was done in his/her behalf.  Show more Show less