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Hi I'm Brittany

I'm a wife and mother.

About Me

My husband and I met at the age of 16 when our families both moved to the same street. We married about 5 years later, after he served a 2-year mission for the church. We have two children who both came to our family through the miracle of adoption. I love art, color and design. I also love to read and spend time with my family. As a family we love to go on road trips and spend time outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of this church because I know it's the Lord's church. I was able to discover that for myself because I first had a relationship with Him. I knew, even from a young age, that He was real, that He loved me, and that I could receive answers from Him. The teachings, principles and ordinances found within the church help me to become a better person and draw me nearer to the Savior. Being a part of the church won't make all of life's trials go away, but it gives you the tools to deal with them when they occur.

How I live my faith

In my congregation, I am a Sunday school teacher for the 16+ year old kids. I am not perfect but I strive to live the principles of the gospel in every aspect of my life, and I use the example of the Savior to better myself as a wife and mother.

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Brittany
Church buildings are used for Sunday worship services which are open to visitors and those who are not members of the church. The church buildings are also used for other mid-week activities for youth and adult groups. Temples are set aside specifically for the use of performing ordinances like baptisms for the dead and marriage ceremonies. Temples are closed on Sundays and only members of the church who are in good standing can attend and/or participate in the ceremonies within the temple. Before a temple is dedicated, an open house will be held and those who are not members of the church may tour the building and ask questions. There are thousands of church buildings but there are only about 143 operating temples worldwide. Temples were used anciently and are mentioned in the Old Testament (see 1 Kings 6.). We regard them as sacred places and refer to them as "the House of The Lord." Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Brittany
Baptism is a necessary priesthood ordinance everyone must have in order to enter the kingdom of God. The Savior, Jesus Christ himself was baptized and set the example for everyone. We also believe ordinances like baptism must only be performed by someone who has the proper priesthood authority. Because not everyone who has ever lived on the earth has had the opportunity to choose to become a member of the church or be baptized in that manner, The Lord has made that possible through "proxy" baptisms. Baptisms done on behalf of the dead were done anciently and it is even mentioned in the Bible. (See 1 Corinthians 15:29.) Today, we as modern members of that same church take names of our ancestors to the temple and we are baptized on behalf of them, in their name. By performing proxy baptisms, we are not forcing the souls of the deceased to become members of our church, nor are we adding their names to the membership rolls of our church. We believe people (whether alive or dead) retain the ability to choose for themselves. The ordinance of proxy baptism is done so that if the deceased person, while in the spirit world, decides they would like to become a member of the church, they can do so and receive the blessings of it. Conducting family history research and performing proxy baptisms for our ancestors also becomes a fulfillment of the words found in Malachi 4:6: "and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers." Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Brittany
A "ward" is a term we use to describe a congregation. "Wards" were typically geographic areas or sections of a city (for example, the 9th ward of New Orleans.). Our congregations are determined by where we live, and "ward boundaries" may change a bit from time to time. Our congregations are typically numbered, for example, "the 2nd ward" or the "12th ward." Within a ward, we care for one another and learn from each other. A bishop is the head of a ward and he typically lives within the boundaries of the ward. A "stake" is a group of wards. A stake is headed by a stake president who lives within the geographic boundaries that make up that particular group of wards. The term "stake" comes from the Old Testament and refers to tent stakes. (See Isaiah 54:2.). It talks about how a tent (or the church) is held up or supported by stakes. Stakes are given names like the "Mountain View Stake" or the "Heritage Stake." The stakes each have several numbered wards within them. So, for example, someone may say they belong to the 3rd ward in the Mountain View Stake, or "the Mountain View 3rd Ward." A "branch" is a term that describes a smaller ward with fewer members. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Brittany
The church's welfare services provide help to those who have a variety of needs. It also teaches and promotes work and self-reliance, which helps those in need to care for themselves. Show more Show less