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Hi I'm Brittany

I'm a MD/PhD student, a huge football fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The MD/PhD program at my school keeps me quite busy. I'm currently in graduate school researching cancer virotherapy, and I hope to be a clinical pathologist one day. In whatever is left of my free time, I love to work out by running or kick-boxing. Perhaps I love working out so much because I have a big sweet tooth--chocolate ice cream being my ultimate favorite food. Football is my favorite sport, and I keep my television almost exclusively on either NFL Network or ESPN. There's no season like football season! Otherwise, you can find me at almost any church activity or hosting parties myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Catholic in a home where faith was not a common topic of discussion. For most of my life I struggled with what to believe in and wondered if there was any higher being at all. I thought science could and would solve all my answers if I just studied hard enough in school. When I got to medical school, I met a friend who is a member of the church. Out of simple curiosity I asked him questions about his religion, and he answered them without enforcing his beliefs on me. My curiosity led me to the library where I checked out the Book of Mormon. I had only intended to skim over some of it just to get an idea of where he was coming from. I had no idea that I would read the whole book cover to cover in two weeks. I had no idea that this church would provide solutions to all the questions I had had growing up. Everything about the gospel makes sense and fits together like a puzzle. I was baptized a few months later, and my testimony has only grown stronger since. The missionaries will tell you to pray about the Book of Mormon to know whether it is true and whether the church is true. The whole gospel just made such perfect sense to me that I knew I needed to accept it and make it a big part of my life. I love that we have prophets living on Earth today, and I love that our doctrine continues to grow through biannual General Conferences. I have noticed that when I obey the commandments, live the gospel, and listen to the advice given by our prophets and leaders, I am happy. To put it quite simply, the church makes me happy--happier than I've ever been in my life.

How I live my faith

Every week, I attend church meetings, Institute scripture study class and the temple. Everyone in the church has a calling or responsibility to help the congregation. My calling is to plan events and social activities, and I love it! I also try to share the gospel with my friends whenever I get the chance. 

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Going to the temple is one of my favorite things to do! A temple is different from our regular Sunday church meetinghouse because it is the House of the Lord. Specific ordinances in which church members make covenants with God and receive many blessings are performed in the temple. Because of the sacred and holy work that takes place there, the temples are only open to those who carry a temple recommend. A person who joins the church and lives according to the gospel has the opportunity to receive a temple recommend and enjoy the blessings that come from attending. In the temple, we not only perform living ordinances for ourselves, but we also perform them for our dead ancestors. There are billions of people who came and left the Earth without hearing the true gospel of Jesus Christ and without the opportunity for baptism and remission of sins. God has a plan to save all people and give everyone the opportunity to accept the gospel. We perform vicarious ordinances for the deceased to provide for them the choice which was not available to them during their lives. In the temple, we can also seal families together for eternity so that even after death, families will still be together. Show more Show less