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Hi I'm Brooke

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California and studied in Spain & Boston. My husband and I recently adopted three children.

About Me

I love learning about people--their ideas, their lives and what they love. That's why my studies were focused on learning other languages and cultures. Travel has been a big part of my education. I've traveled to Russia, Thailand, China, Europe, and Central America, to name a few. I've never been to Africa, but I hope to one day as my three adopted children are African-American. We especially love to be outdoors biking, walking or sitting around the campfire. I enjoy music and am teaching my children to play the piano and sing. We do the hokey pokey really well together so far and we can boogie with MC Hammer (the Darth Vader version on YouTube). My weeks are spent as a stay-at-home Mom complete with trips to the gym, teaching intercultural classes at the Children's Museum, Bikram yoga if I'm feeling extra motivated, time-outs, dance class, teaching piano, cleaning up messes, soccer practices, and time with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it gives me hope. When I hear about all of the woes in the world, such as war, recession, depression, starvation, political polarization and negativity I can rest knowing God is at the helm and I can one day proclaim at His feet that he is my King and my God. He is guiding me daily and knows what will come and how we can get through it. I do not need to worry. I can trust in Him. I can follow Him. My faith helps me understand how I can learn of Christ and apply his teachings in my daily life. I can pray for those around me, that I may know and understand their needs so I can help them. I can be diligent in the small things, knowing they are important to my God. I can turn my burdens over to Him so that I can start a day fresh, not worrying of the errors I may have made the previous day. The simplicity, the fulness, the constancy and the clarity of mormonism help me to live my life in a way that makes it happy and fulfilling for myself and my family.

How I live my faith

I've found that if I focus on the small, daily things I'm strengthened to better perform everything I need to do during the day. These daily habits we cultivate are praying and reading the scriptures together as a family, and also on my own. We attend our church meetings on Sunday. I currently teach the women once a month, which I really enjoy. My husband works with the cub scouts. We have Family Night on Monday evenings where we learn of Christ and have a fun activity and treat together. The kids LOVE it. They want family night every night. Sometimes we have talent night and even though our son is the only one officially enrolled in taekwondo we all do our own version of it, complete with LOUD hi-YA's. I live my faith by getting up each day trying to do a little bit better than the day before and asking for repentance each night when there's something I wish I hadn't done, or knew I should've but didn't.