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Hi I'm Brooke

I grew up in Chicago. I tap dance. I love working with people with special needs.I'm a letter-writer, I'm a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Brooke and I was born and raised in a suburb outside Chicago. I LOVE letter writing and the colors yellow and purple. I enjoy caring for people with special needs, and I love to dance. I joined the church when I was 18 and have never regretted it for a minute!

Why I am a Mormon

 I was raised in a most wonderful Christian Church. When I was 16, I went searching for answers. I met the Missionaries, and as I learned of thier beliefs, I felt such peace and knew I had found where I needed to be. I feel so at home no matter where I attend Church, I have been to LDS churches in numerous states, and even in Australia! Everywhere, the church was the same and so were it's teachings. Everywhere I was welcomed as if I'd been there for years. After baptism we can recieve the gift of the Holy Ghost as our constant companion. I am thankful for this wonderful gift! I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true church restored on the earth today!

How I live my faith

 Although Nobody, save Christ, is perfect, I strive to do my best to keep the commandments He has asked all His children to obey. I pay 1/10 of all my income to the Church and I attend Church services on Sunday and other activities throughout the week. I try to read from the scriptures everyday and I pray morning and night. I am thankful for the opportunity the Lord gives us to repent, and I try to use that opportunity often.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brooke
We believe that we can be saved by the grace of God after all we can do. This means that the Lord expects us to be trying our best everyday to keep His commandments, and serve others, and just strive to do what's right. If we are tryig our best,then Jesus Christ will take care of the rest. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brooke
Well, the best way to start is to meet with the missionaries. But the real way to know is to read the Book of Mormon, and take Mormoni's challenge. "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." Moroni 10.4. I know that if you ask and have a true desire to know, the Lord will tell you. He will show you.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Brooke
We believe in the Bible because it truly is the word of God so long as it is translated correctly. The Bible is the story of God's children in the old land. The Book of Mormon takes place in the same time period but tells of God's children on the continent now known as the Americas. Both books fit hand in hand.  Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Brooke
Missionaries pay to serve their own missions. Often times friends and families help out. For example, My bother-in-law is currently serving in England and each month my husband and I send a check to help him pay for his mission. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brooke
No, we do not worship Joesph Smith. He was indeed a wonderful man and a true Prophet of God. But he preached that we worship God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. We aren't called the Church of Joseph Smith. We are called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Brooke
Increasing faith in Jesus Christ is a lot like trying to get better at a skill, you study it, practice it, and work at it. Also, our faith grows as we listen to others testify of God. The Lord tells us that if we a least have a DESIRE to have faith, and we pray to have faith and let the desire work in us, our faith will grow. We just have to show Him that we want it by trying our best to keep His commandments. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Brooke
When sealed in the Temple of God, the sealer does not say, "until death do you part'. We believe that marriage and families last even after death, for eternity. I believe that through faith in Jesus Christ and the right ordinances, everyone can live with their families forever. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Brooke
YES!!! Visitors are welcome! On a sign outside every LDS church I've ever seen, the words, "Visitors Welcome" appear. That's what first led me to see what this church was all about!  Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Brooke
 This is a wonderful question. First, I'd like to say that we believe that Jesus and His apostles held the priesthood of God which is the power and authority to act in God's name. The only way to give another person the priesthood is when someone who has the priesthood authority places their hands on the head of the person recieving the priesthood and conferring it upon them. After Jesus was Crucified, His apostles were killed. When they died, there was nobody to pass on the power of the priesthood. The authority was gone from the earth. In the 1800s, God restored that Priesthood power to Joseph Smith which gave him the authority to set up Christ's church again on the earth. We needed the restoration so we would have the power of the priesthood to set up and lead the church again.  Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Brooke
Relief Society is one of the largest women's organizations in the world. Every woman over the age of 18 in our church is a member of the relief society. We meet every Sunday and sometimes once a month during the evening to strengthen each other as sisters. We provide service for those in need (both those of our faith and those who are not), we learn of Christ and his teaching, and we have much needed "girl time" I feel so great when I go to Relief Society because I can learn from those woman who have experienced womanhood and motherhood before me, I can gain new insights, and meet and serve people in need who I might not have otherwise been able to do so. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Brooke
I feel especially inclined to answer this question as I was raised in another church before I joined the LDS church. One thing I worried about when I was learning about this church was that members didn't fight for gay marriage like I did. Through much study and prayer, I was so happy to learn of the Lord's plan. I want to start out by saying that I have many friends who are gay and joining the LDS church has not changed that. I know that God loves all of his children and I certainly don't believe that he loved me any more than my gay brothers and sisters. God teaches us to love everyone. I also believe that Adam and Eve were put on this earth to be together, and to have children. I believe that that is God's plan for his children. That doesn't mean I don't love my gay friends any less. I may not agree with some of their choices, but I respect them and love them just the same. God is love. Nobody is left out of that. Show more Show less