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Hi I'm Brenda

I grew up in upstate New York, but have lived in Washington state for over 30 years. I am a Mormon, a convert, and a single mom.

About Me

I suppose I'm pretty normal...#5 in a family of six children. After high school went on to get a 4 year degree, and I have been working in the corporate world for the past 30 years. Over the years I've done adventurous things...jumping out of airplanes, climbing mountains, etc. But by far the best thing I ever did was become a mom. I have one daughter, who I raised as a single parent, and loved every minute of it. Still do, though she is 23 now! I enjoy fitness activities, and am training to run my first half marathon in November 2011. I love to do genealogy, and can loose myself for hours trying to find information on family members. (I wish I'd asked more questions when my parents and grandparents were still living!) I enjoy travel within and outside the US, and have great love for our National Parks. I'm still single...but looking. ;-)

Why I am a Mormon

I was a Youth Leader in a small Lutheran church...content with my faith, not looking for anything different...when I met a Mormon who started asking me some probing questions about what I believed and why I believed it. I started reading things, researching and comparing the doctrines of my current church with the doctrines I was learning about from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Close friends and family tried to discourage me from investigating the LDS church, and gave me books to read written by people who didn't like Mormons. I felt that if I was going to learn about a church, any church, I had to learn about it from people actually practicing that faith. So I did, and as I did I started to understand (but more importantly feel) the truth, the simplicity, and the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ like never before. Six month later I chose to be baptized as a member of the church, that was 16 years ago. And when she turned 8 years old the following year, my daughter also chose to be baptized. My daughter and I are the only Mormons in our family. I don't think my family understands it, we don't speak of it. Our dad was Catholic and we were raised in that church. Mom was Lutheran and as kids we'd attend vacation Bible School in the summer at Mom's church. As an adult when my daughter was born, I knew I wanted to raise her in a church family, and I gravitated to what I knew. But there comes a time when you have to ask yourself what you believe because YOU believe it, not just because it's all you know. I am so grateful I was "challenged" into investigating the LDS church. I understand who I am, why I am here, and where I am going. It's not always been easy, but it's changed my life for the better.

How I live my faith

Attending church on Sunday anchors my week.