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Hi I'm Brenda

I am a wife, a mother, and a teacher. My family gives me the greatest joy in life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona and have been a Mormon all my life. I served a mission, graduated from college, and taught high school Spanish to native speakers. I've been happily married for 25 years to my best friend. I spend most of my time and effort in raising my three sons. Being a mom is the most difficult thing I've ever done, but it gives me my greatest peace, fulfillment, and opportunity for growth. It has taught me unconditional love, sacrifice, forgiveness, patience, and unselfishness. I will never regret putting my family first because I believe that when I am old and gray and have the time to sit in a rocking chair and reflect back on what I've accomplished in life, all that will matter is how my marriage and my children turned out. I love to spend time with my family traveling to new places, hiking, boating, and enjoying the outdoors. I also love running and have finished a marathon. I really enjoy decorating, planning parties, organizing anything, and helping others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon and I believe in Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I have received a personal witness by the Holy Ghost that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true and contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It explains the Plan of Happiness that our Heavenly Father has put in place for us to follow, and answers questions about where we came from before birth, why we are here on the earth, and where we will go after death. I believe the Bible is the word of God. I believe the Book of Mormon is also the word of God, and that both books testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me how to live in order to achieve happiness in this life. It provides a way for my family to be sealed together for eternity, even after death. Being a Mormon has helped me to increase my faith and personal righteousness, strengthen my home and my family, and serve others. The teachings of the Church help me to be a better wife and mother, and emphasize the important role that women play in God's plan for us. I'm a Mormon because I believe that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God, the Savior of all mankind. I believe that His mission to earth included organizing His church, and I believe that the Prophet Joseph Smith restored the exact same church Christ established while on the earth. I believe in the reality of the atonement of Jesus Christ and that, if we repent and keep the commandments, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again after this life.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for many opportunities to serve in my community. I volunteer at the Church's food bank for the poor and needy, for the Church's store which takes in charitable donations of clothing, furniture, and household items, making them available to the pubic for a minimal cost. I also volunteer at the Church's Cannery where members have the opportunity to can their own food for storage in case of emergency. I have participated many times in service projects of the Church's Humanitarian Center such as making quilts, assembling hygiene kits. and providing school supplies for local and international needs. I am a life-long member of the Church's organization for women that teaches the motto "Charity Never Faileth." This wonderful organization that focuses on providing relief has given me countless opportunities to help friends and neighbors deal with the challenges of illness, accident, death, difficult pregnancies, newborn babies, depression, unemployment, and moving, by offering various kinds of compassionate service. I currently serve in the Church as a Visiting Teacher which is a stewardship, or responsibility, given to me of befriending and looking after the needs of three specific women in my neighborhood or congregation. There is nothing I wouldn't do to help any one of these three women at any time. I also serve in a leadership position, called a presidency, of the organization for women of the Church. Our presidency is responsible for teaching, training, and caring for the spiritual and temporal needs of the 1400 women living in our area. We also organize conferences, events, and activities designed to benefit the women in all aspects of their lives. These many chances to serve have allowed me to learn and grow and develop my talents. They also help me to continually reach out to others with love while increasing my awareness and gratitude for my many blessings.