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Hi I'm Brittany

I research and write about protecting women against violence. I'm an Army wife, the mother of four, and a photographer.

About Me

I am an advocate for women and victims of violence, a stay-at-home mom, photographer, and a Mormon. I enjoy being the mother of four small children. Because I take at least three of my four kids shopping, or running errands at least once a week, we get a lot of stares. I suppose most people don't feel brave enough taking more than two kids to the store consistently. I hear the words, "You have your hands full," quite a bit. I certainly do. I I love being a mom. Besides being a mother, I am currently doing research about women's violence, focusing mostly on sex crimes and how to better protect women. I'm in the middle of co-writing a book which I get done in between my kid's naps and after bed time. I am passionate about teaching others how to feel more safe. I have an associates degree in photography, and a Bachelor's in History and secondary education with a minor in teaching English as a second language. For a while, I taught World Civilizations to sixth graders and tutored Korean kids the English language. South Korea has a special place in my heart since I had the opportunity of learning the language and culture there while serving a mission. I hope to have the opportunity of going back there someday. I also love doing photography, camping, hiking, and exploring. Life is busy, but I've grown so much as a mother and through all my life experiences. I love that my potential to grow and learn is infinite.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the teachings of this Church are true! I have prayed about whether or not the Church was true and the spirit confirmed it was several times. I know that we have a living prophet and apostles guiding this Church because as I have followed their teachings, I feel the spirit--a warm and peaceful feeling. I feel the same way as I ponder and try to live the teachings found in the Bible and Book of Mormon.  There are definitely times where I've had questions, but every time I'm confused, or have a concern I'm able to find the answer, or feel at peace even when I haven't figured everything out. I'm grateful that Heavenly Father is willing to allow me to ask so many questions. Finally, I'm a Mormon because my faith has helped me develop as an individual. I like who I'm becoming, and my faiths plays a large part in that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing the essentials daily having personal and family scripture study, praying, and inviting the Holy Ghost to guide me. As a stay-at-home mom, I've found that prayer and the trying to follow the inspiration I get from the Holy Ghost helps me be a better mother, wife, and person. I've also learned the importance of trying to be consistent in having family prayer and scripture study even amidst the chaos of our family. I try to follow the counsel and good examples of our prophet and apostles, and of course Jesus Christ. I also enjoy helping in Church in various ways. I've often been asked to teach adults or the youth the gospel which I love.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The husband is the patriarch of the family. Our definition of patriarch is a bit different from the rest of our culture. Most people believe a patriarchal society is one where the male dominates and the female is a passive second class citizen. This couldn't be further from the truth in our Church and in upright LDS homes. We are taught that wives and husbands are equal. Of course this doesn't mean we're the same. We have different roles and responsibilities, but husbands and wives are to be one. Husbands and wives are to respect and support one another and counsel together. While women are asked to stay at home with children when possible, this doesn't mean that they're seen as less smart or incapable of making a contribution. Woman are asked, when possible, to stay at home in order to ensure our children are raised to be righteous honorable citizens. Show more Show less