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Hi I'm Brandi

I'm a mother, wife, a military spouse, a former Congressional staffer and a Mormon.

About Me

I previously enjoyed a career in politics as a Congressional staffer on Capitol Hill. I was the director over my boss's legislative agenda and had a specific focus on defense issues and foreign affairs. After getting married, the Air Force assigned my husband to a two year assignment in Turkey. We packed up our things, said good bye to our friends and family and moved across the world. It was in Turkey, living on a military base where I quickly learned what it means to be a military spouse. My son was born in Turkey two months before the military moved us to England where we lived an additional two years. We are back in the United States now and I stay home with our three-year-old son. We spend a lot of time at the park, the library, going to play dates and enjoying being closer to our friends and family. The majority of my time is spent being a mother to our boy. When I have blocks of time I like to dabble -- do-it-yourself projects, running, reading, cooking, and hiking. Presently, I'm not particularly excellent at any of the things that I do but, in part, that is because I can't decide where I want to focus my time. I suppose after children are more independent and in school there will be time to renovate rooms, train for marathons, read everything on the list, perfect my baking and climb a mountain!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in first grade my family moved to a new town in east Texas and a neighbor invited us to attend their church. My mother graciously thanked the neighbor for her invitation but told her that we were already attending another congregation. I was disappointed that we couldn't attend our neighbor's church because I went to school with her son and her church didn't require us to drive 55 miles to get there. Why wouldn't we take her up on this offer? This question inspired my mother to explain in greater detail than I had previously understood, the story of Joseph Smith and the restoration of Christ's church to the earth. Within that explanation she helped me understand that all of our friends' churches were good and had many Christlike principles to offer. But the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church that contains Jesus's teachings in their entirety. At age six, I found this easy to believe and so I continued on, happy to drive 110 miles every Sunday for the next several years. I will always remember that experience and how my mom planted a seed of faith in my young heart. While I never doubted her belief, as the years went on, I discovered that I had to know for myself if everything she and others had taught me was true. Specifically, I had to know if the story of Joseph Smith that I had easily accepted as a child was true. Did he see God the Father and the Savior Jesus Christ? Did he see angels and receive instruction from them to restore Christ's church? Did he translate the Book of Mormon? Was Joseph Smith really a prophet of God? After much prayer, study and pondering, I received the answers I needed. Those answers came through a quiet yet powerful peace that spoke to both my mind and my heart and solidified within me a conviction that Joseph Smith was chosen by God to restore the Savior's church. With that indisputable answer to prayer, I can confidently be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The best way to live my faith is to model my behavior like Jesus Christ. This is certainly my goal but I frequently fall short of it. I am convinced that God is patient and merciful and gives me plenty of opportunities to try again and I am grateful for that. As a mother, I try to be consistently patient with my three-year-old son, even when he is hungry, tired, moody, or disobedient. I try to discipline, teach and nurture with love as my motivator. I enjoy teaching him the stories of Jesus and I love it when I see him interested and embracing Christian truths. Some days are better than others but I am grateful for simple successes and joyful moments. My husband and I try to be kind to each other. We know that apart from our relationship with God, our relationship with one another is the most important relationship we have. We want our marriage to last forever and we try to always be mindful of one another. We are a work in progress but because our relationship is so important to us, we work at it. We frequently find ourselves needing to communicate our needs, disappointments and gratitude for one another. We study together and we pray together. Within my church congregation one of my responsibilities is to teach the older children in their Sunday School class. I have learned that it is more important to be patient with these children and love them than to ensure that they know every detail of the scriptures. As a friend, I try to be a good listener. I try to make myself available when a friend or neighbor is in need.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes we are Christians. The official name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We worship Jesus Christ and recognize Him as our Savior. When we are baptized into the Church we are baptized in the Savior's name. Each Sunday we participate in what we call the Sacrament (similar to Communion) as a way to renew our commitment to remember Jesus Christ and try to follow His perfect example. We accept the Bible as scripture and try to study and follow its teachings because it contains the prophecies of, teachings and life of Jesus Christ. We also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. This scripture also testifies of Jesus Christ and teaches readers how to become more like Him. Our salvation is based on Him as our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less