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Hi I'm Brinae Anderson

I'm a young wife and mother of two small children. I live an everyday life, but have a not-so ordinary story. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful husband and two young children. I am a recent convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love to sing (especially to my children), organize EVERYTHING, bake (when I have the chance), and I love to swim, camp, and hike. I am a very forgetful person and I have to keep a day planner, even though I am not a busy person AT ALL! I stay at home with my children while my husband is in college full time to be a High School science teacher and works part-time at an auto parts store. We have very little income, and times are hard more than they are easy. We are newly weds as we have been married for a little under 2 years. We are still learning how to be a husband and wife. We have been through much together, and hope to endure through all things. The Church has strengthened our marriage. Without Christ as my example, my savior, I do not believe my marriage would last, or be as strong as it is. We have an amazing amount of love and respect for each other and the Church has helped us to understand who we are, as husband and wife and as parents, through Christ. I love my Heavenly Father, His son Jesus Christ, and I LOVE THIS CHURCH!

Why I am a Mormon

To explain why I am a Mormon, I have to tell you about my life. Growing up I experienced a lot of tragedy. My mother and father were never married. My mother and I moved about 700 miles away from him when I was only 3. I visited my father on holidays and during summers. I loved him and my family there. However, I didn't have a good relationship with him because of distance and my mother was never fond of him. My mother married when I was 5. After 10 years of a negative, emotional, and an unloving home, they divorced. From an early age I understood most things other children my age did not. Before my mother was married I would stay with my grandmother a lot. We developed a close bond and I loved her more than anything. When I was 8 my grandmother passed away in a car accident. Just a few short years later my father, the other most loved person in my life, suffered a brain injury. I was told he would die. After a while in the hospital, his chances for survival grew, but they said he would need to be completely rehabilitated. He pulled through, and now has extreme emotional behavioral problems. This caused many times of sorrow for me, and our family. At the age of 15 I became pregnant. The father of the baby was a drug abuser. After much thought, I decided to keep the baby. I saw, for the first time, a glimpse of the person I could be. My mother and I continued to have problems which caused me to go live with my father's family, where I met my husband, who was a Mormon. He loved my son, who was just 5 months old at the time. My husband was not going to the Church when I first met him, but we both believed in Christ and knew that we wanted to raise our children with His gospel as our guide. We investigated the Church together for about 9 months. I was pregnant with my 2nd child when I received my answer that this was Christ's church. I decided to be baptized shortly after.

How I live my faith

Today I am actively serving in the Young Women's group. This is a group that teaches Young Women how to live righteously and how to gain a closer relationship with Heavenly Father. It also prepares them for the amazing gift of being a mother and wife. I love that I get to work with these Young Women. They are a great inspiration to me. This work is so important to me because I grew up as a very lost young woman. I didn't have good examples in my life to teach me and show me the great blessings of living a life of Christ. I hope that I can make an important difference in the lives of these young women. It is such an amazing experience and blessing for me to be able to serve in this area of the Church. I am learning how to be a righteous young mother through the programs we teach the Young Women. I think that this service was asked of me so that I might also become closer to my Heavenly Father by learning things that I did not get to learn as a young woman. The blessings I missed out on because I did not have the Church when I was young were so great. I get a chance now to receive them through teaching and serving the Young Women.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Brinae Anderson
When the missionaries visit your home they will try to answer any questions that you may have. They will teach you about Jesus Christ and the Atonement. They teach about the plan of salvation- which helps me to know that he loves and cares for all of us. Show more Show less