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Hi I'm Bronwen

I'm a budding cook, a closet actress, a believer in to-do lists, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've just finished my second year of college, and am preparing now to serve as a missionary for the Church in the Washington Everett mission. I've spent four years of my 20 living in China--first in Shanghai and more recently in Beijing--and I have absolutely loved the international experience. My family adopted a 7 year old boy while we were over there, who loves to play soccer and talk sports all day long. I love to act and perform. I also love to lead and to teach. Probably one of the most rewarding experiences of my high school years was heading up our school's debate team as it revived after a 20 year hiatus. I love getting a lot accomplished, and feeling like I've impacted others' lives. I love my family and look forward to a bright and exciting future.

Why I am a Mormon

It's easy for me, and I think for many others, to say that the reason I'm Mormon is because I was born into the church. And for a long time, that was my reason--I was Mormon because I didn't know anything else. As I've grown into myself, however, I've been increasingly inclined to question my surroundings. Were the scriptures true? Were the standards--codes of modesty, diet, etc--legitimate? Did God exist? These were the questions and doubts I found myself struggling with as I labored to know for myself whether or not I was a member of the right church. My confidence in the truthfulness of the Gospel has grown bit by bit--or line upon line, as the scriptures say. As it says in John 7:17, any man who does the will of God shall know of the doctrine, whether it's from God or whether it's an invention of man. I continued to go to church, I listened to what was taught, and then did my best to apply it. I prayed for specific things--for comfort, for guidance, for peace--and I felt as if there were someone listening. I'm Mormon because I love it. Because it gives me real guidance and purpose in my life. The connection with Heavenly Father that I gain through this church gives me solace when things aren't going as I'd like them to. The guidance of the spirit helps me keep my head on straight, and recognize when I'm getting too involved with myself and my petty problems. I know that the church is true--that prayer is real, and that the Book of Mormon comparable to the Bible in truth and vision. I know that the organization of our church is inspired--that prophets of the modern day fill the same place as prophets did of old. Lastly, I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the enabling power behind all I do. He strengthens and sustains in a way nothing else can--and for this, I will forever be grateful.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is a lifestyle--for sure--not just a title or expression of belief. You LIVE this faith like you don't live anything else. In my personal life, being Mormon guides my actions and behavior. I don't swear. I try not to lie, cheat, or be dishonest. I don't perform on Sundays, and I don't drink. These things help me stay close to God, and to carry his light unto others through example. I also spend a lot of my time learning about the church--reading the scriptures, listening to past addresses by Prophets and Apostles, and praying.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I certainly hope so, as I've spent years studying it as part of both Seminary and Gospel Doctrine classes. The Bible is foundational to our beliefs. It reveals the pattern through which God talks to his people--through prophets and revelation. That same pattern is in effect today--God spoke through Prophets in the Americas to produce the Book of Mormon, which was then translated by another Prophet, Joseph Smith. We continue to receive scripture twice a year at General Conference, where modern Prophets and Apostles speak to us. The production of scripture started with Adam and Eve, and continues today. Show more Show less