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Hi I'm Brandi

I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mom through both adoption and IVF. I'm an esthetician and an English major but I stay home with the kids.

About Me

I am a Mom to some of my favorite people, a little girl who came to us through adoption and then a sweet boy through IVF. They define so much of "me" but not quite everything! I started college as an art major which has translated into crafting and party planning. I changed my major to English which reflects my love of reading, literature and writing. But I ended up attending an esthetics school and became an esthetician by trade. I just love making things beautiful, whether it's skin and appearance, decoration, a holiday or a party. I have a chronic autoimmune disease that developed when I was a kid and shaped many of the struggles through those teen and early adult years, including my infertility. After a few surgeries and many years it went into remission and has been for a decade now. But it still shadows my stress and fears, forcing me to treat myself kindly. Stemming from that threat of a flare-up again, I've made a healthy diet and exercise a crucial hobby.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon so that's a definitely a part of why I'm a Mormon. But I did question my faith as a teenager and dabbled in choices that my parents and religion did not support. I felt a loss from drawing away from Christ even though I couldn't pinpoint the cause of my loneliness and despair at the time. Eventually I decided to give my religious background a sincere try, embracing all aspects to see if that would make me feel better. It did. It changed everything. I came to know that I while I might never have every answer, I could not deny the happiness I felt when I lived my faith. Later when I was diagnosed with my infertility the grief I felt came between me and my trust in the Lord. I spent a few years with too much bitterness and despair, but once I decided to trust in a plan of happiness for myself, I was able to pull out of that dark period. I feel that I've finally gained a true testimony that my Heavenly Father loves me and has a specific course to create the best and happiest future for me. I can't imagine living without my faith.

How I live my faith

I help the teen girls in my ward with special events. My strengths tend to run to creative endeavors so I'm currently helping with planning the special events we do each year for the girls. I visit with a few women in my ward to check in and see how they're doing, help where I can and make sure they know they're loved and valued!

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Brandi
The gift of the Holy Ghost means the difference between peace and loneliness. His presence creates a constant sense of comfort that is there even through times of stress and trial. He provides answers that bring peace and serenity to our daily existence. Show more Show less