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Hi I'm Brenda

I grew up in Washington State; I love doing projects; staying busy and being productive are fulfilling to me; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in a total of five states since 2005 as I have left home and travelled around to pursue my education and my career.  In July of 2007 My husband and I we sealed for time and all eternity in the Bountiful, Utah LDS temple, and now we are expecting our first child, a son, this November. As a family, we love to travel, but we are also home-bodies: sometimes the best time we have together is when we are at home doing projects in and around our house.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a little girl, I would visit my grandma every summer and winter a couple weeks at a time for vacation. During my visits, she always brought me on Sunday to her community church, where I developed a strong love for my Savior and an appreciation for the sacrifice he made for me. One summer visit at the age of 11, I chose to be baptized at my grandma's church and make the commitment to always follow Christ. When I got older and was learning how to drive, I took it upon myself to find a church of my own to start attending. My grandma lived too far away and it wasn't practical for me to attend church with her every Sunday. I opened the phone book and started choosing churches at random that I wanted to visit. I had gone to several different churches over the course of a couple of months when my friend heard about my efforts to find a meeting house. It was then that she took the opportunity to tell me about her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was nervous at first, but my friend reminded me of a very simple fact that made all the difference: she said that going to her church and trying it for one Sunday wouldn't be a binding contract, and that of course I could choose for myself whether it was where I wanted to be every Sunday. A few days later I attended her ward at the LDS church, and had the most indescribable feeling of peace come over me as I sat in each of the lessons and listened to the testimonies of the fellow church members. I couldn't help myself - I needed to experience that feeling, the Spirit, every Sunday. It was shortly after this first experience with the LDS Church that I was baptized as a member myself. Many challenges have come my way in an attempt to break my faith, especially a less-than-enthusiastic reaction from much of my family. But I know that the Holy Spirit resides in the walls of every LDS meetinghouse, and that and my testimony of the gospel help keep me strong.

How I live my faith

My husband often relates my faith to that of a child - simple and pure, unwavering. I am devoted to my belief that everything happens for a reason. If bad things come my way, I often try to find the silver lining, or the lesson that maybe Heavenly Father is trying to teach me or the experience He is trying to enrich my life with. Another way I live my faith is in my attemt to be conscientious of others and their feelings when considering my actions. I know how hurtful harsh words can be, and thus I make an effort to be kind and thoughtful in my dealings with my fellow men. Where service is needed, I try to render it in the best way I know how or am capable of. One of my favorite things in the LDS Church is the visiting teaching program: to have the responsibility of visiting a small handful of sisters every month, during which time my companion and I check up on the sisters, make sure their needs are met, and offer the irreplaceable gift of love and friendship. Also in an attempt to live my faith, I strive to be an example of my values everywhere I go. You never know who is watching you, and I want all who come into contact with me to be left with a positive impression, because I know that this reflects on my faith and on my Church as a result. This is especially important to me as the only member of the LDS Church in my family (with the exception of my husband and in-laws); I want my family to have no doubt in my faith and my values, and in order for that to happen I need to make sure that I live my life according to those principles at all times and in all places and in all situations.