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Hi I'm Brooklynn

I am a wife and a mother of 3. I love to laugh, sing, read, cook, create, learn & serve. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my best friend. I am a mom to 3 amazing, talented kids who make me laugh everyday. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on English as a second language ESOL. I LOVE kids. I have always loved kids and always looked forward with anticipation and excitement to the day I would have my own children to love and take care of. I am living my dream. I played softball through high school, having an intense love for the game, though never was a star player. I have always loved music. Something about good, uplifting music makes me happy. I started playing the piano at age 9 and played the drums/percussion from 5th grade through 10th grade. I love to sing. I wish I was better at it--I am not a soloist, but I love to sing in a choir or congregation. It wasn't until I served as a missionary in Brasil that I learned to LOVE to read. I love to read! Good books, uplifting books. Being the mother of young children, my "personal" time is limited, so the information in the book has to feel worth my time. I love to read and love to learn. I am happy. I have found peace in living the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is my personal Savior, my elder Brother. I love living the Gospel and being a part of the Church organization. I love to serve, to teach and to learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Latter-day Saint family. When I was 15 years old I wanted to know for myself that the things I was being taught were from my Heavenly Father. I remember a Seminary lesson where our instructor challenged us to pray for ourselves... to gain our own witness from God that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith was called of God & that Christ's Church had in fact been restored to the Earth. I had never been great at praying regularly on my own. I tried, but often I just forgot. I always felt good at Church, around good associations & when I heard principles of the Gospel being taught. Yet I had not actually prayed to gain a witness for myself. So I did. I don't remember an overwhelming feeling right away. As I read back through chapter 32of Alma in the Book of Mormon, I got an incredible feeling of peace & contentment that my Father in Heaven was aware of me, that He loved me, & that He would guide me through this journey as I tried to search out truth & live my life according to the things I was taught. What a feeling of comfort! There really aren't words to describe how I felt then. It was just amazing. I knew I would never be left alone, that no matter how difficult life became I could always turn to my Father in Heaven. At age 21, I served an 18-month mission in Brasil. As I was able to share the Gospel with others, my love for my Savior& my own testimony of the Gospel increased in a way that I never anticipated. My understanding of Christ's Atonement increased. I learned to love others in a way I hadn't known before. It was a life-changing experience & one I will always cherish. My life & perspective have changed again. Now I have my own family. As we experience joy & difficulty in our family life, my understanding of love & sacrifice & charity are expanded again. As a spouse & parent, I cannot imagine my life without knowledge of the Gospel, of my Savior, & of the great Plan of Happiness our Heavenly Father has for each of us.

How I live my faith

One thing I love about the Church is the opportunity for service and the feeling of community. Growing up I remember so many times our church family would get together to clean up the city's cemeteries & parks. I remember volunteering as youth to help feed the homeless in downtown Seattle and helping them to get in touch with family members in the hope they would be able to return "home". I remember helping with Eagle Scout projects throughout the community. We donated supplies & put together 100's of hygiene kits and other necessities to send throughout the world. We spent time in nursing homes painting the ladies' nails and singing songs and listening to their stories. I recall service projects as youth groups and how they made me feel inside. As an adult, I have had the opportunity to participate with young women 12-18 years old, to share my testimony and teach the Gospel. It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of their lives and see the good that they do each day. I have served as the pianist and as a teacher for Primary children (3-11 years), as a youth Sunday School teacher, in the Relief Society (Women's organization), and as a full-time missionary. I have so many opportunities to get outside of myself and offer service. I also have been the recipient of service and what peace & joy that brings to know that our Heavenly Father sends "angels" to watch over us and take care of us. Through these service opportunities, I have come to realize how truly amazing it is to see that when I live my life as Heavenly Father requires, I can be used as an instrument in His hands to bless the lives of others. When my life gets extra busy and I begin to feel overwhelmed or discouraged, I know that I can offer service and peace returns to my life. I am grateful for opportunities to follow the footsteps of my Savior in this way. His life was one long service project. Everywhere He went, He served the people. I am grateful when I can follow my Savior as I serve God's children.