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Hi I'm Brooke

I'm a wife, mom, a published author, a free thinker, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While my number one job is that of wife and mother to four adorable kids, I also live my dream as an author of romance, women's fiction, and young adult novels. I grew up in Washington State, and can't imagine a life without GREEN all around me. During my short stint in college, I studied Art, but quit to become a professional nanny on the east coast. The book, Nanny Diaries was dead on. Take it from me. My husband and I live in Spokane Valley Washington, where he works in pharmaceuticals and constantly supports my dream of becoming a published writer someday. Our four kids vary in ages, which means we spend our time carpooling between a middle school, grade school, and preschool, and we have a perpetually busy schedule filled with appointments, recitals, concerts, etc etc etc... During the rare spare moment, our family enjoys games, biking, day trips to the lake, a regular movie night, vacations together, and spending time with both of our extended families. Our youngest was diagnosed with ASD/SPD this past fall, so our life has taken on a new spin this year. We are learning to embrace the challenges Heavenly Father gives us, and go on Faith that everything is going to be alright. Not every day is easy. In fact, most days aren't. But not one day goes by that my husband and I don't thank God for trusting us with such a special spirit.

Why I am a Mormon

I started investigating the church because I'd been raised to believe such far fetched rumors about Mormons. I basically wanted to see what all the "hype" was about. What I didn't expect was to find the first church where I felt completely accepted and where every single question I had about my future and the future of my family could be answered. Not once during my conversion was I met with judgment or reluctance from the members who befriended me. I was welcomed with open arms, despite my flaws. Something I couldn't say for the many other churches I attended. The myths I'd heard about the LDS faith were untrue, and the Missionaries were able to answer all of my questions about the Church History openly and Frankly. Nothing was as "Secretive" as I'd been raised to believe, and nobody ever once told me that I couldn't go somewhere, do something, or progress. I learned that the LDS church encourages members to be educated, to think for themselves, and to freely express themselves. The Church wasn't stifling at all. On the contrary. I was incredibly impressed with that. Ultimately, the reasons I joined were simple: When I prayed about Josephs Smith's vision, and the restoration of the church, it was testified to me that it was true. The changes in my life that I was being asked to make (i.e. Modest dress, living the word of wisdom, etc) weren't a sacrifice for me, as they were for my own benefit and for the sake of my health. How could I deny what Heavenly Father was telling me, when my life was so POSITIVELY impacted by the Gospel? I couldn't.

How I live my faith

I live my life by showing non-members that I am an individual, I am a free thinker, I am silly, I am funny, I am creative, I am passionate....AND I am a Mormon. I try to show the people that I meet that not all Mormons are alike. We are all individuals, who have a common bond in the Gospel. Coming from a family of non-members, I try to live my life as an example. I don't drink or smoke, which acts as an example to family members, as does my respect for keeping the Sabbath Day holy. It can be frustrating for non-member friends and family members, but overall, it is an example of my devotion to my Faith. I think that the fact that I AM flawed, and that I HAVE made mistakes in my life, proves to my non-member friends and family that Mormons are not, in any way, perfect. We are people who strive to live like Jesus Christ, but who also fall and stumble and have to repent. This not a one-time thing. Repentance and stumbling and learning is a constant process, and I think that is important for non-members to understand. LDS people are NOT perfect. They are human, just like everyone else. And if you chisel away at the surface a bit, you'll see that every member is a work in progress.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Pray. If you ask with a pure heart, and good intentions, He will answer. Guaranteed. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The Priesthood is the authority to act on behalf of our Heavenly Father here on earth. Without the priesthood, we would not have the authority or tools necessary to bless and pass the sacrament, baptize new church members, or bless the sick and afflicted. The priesthood is an incredible blessing. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Prayer, prayer, and more prayer. I have established a tightly bound, personal relationship with Heavenly Father through prayer. There is no other way to converse with our Heavenly Father, except through prayer. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. Not at all. We respect him, and we are grateful to him, for restoring the Church here on earth, and for giving his life for the Gospel. He was human, and as such, he was flawed. But he was also an inspired man who gave us gifts that proved to be amazing enough to change the world! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Absolutely. If we weren't, we wouldn't have Jesus Christ's name in our church's name. If you look at standard Christianity compared to the LDS faith, our standards aren't that different at all. We just have extended knowledge, and we're always anxious to share! Show more Show less