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Hi I'm Brenda

Hi, I am a line dance teacher, reader's theater director, retired nurse, wife, mother and grandmother and I am a Mormon.

About Me

What makes me me? My most underlying passion is the love of learning. Whether I am beading, knitting, crocheting, rubber stamping or paper making, preparing a lesson for church or searching the internet, I love learning new things. I also adore theater and any form of dance--most currently line dancing which I teach. Besides my family of one husband, three children and ten grandchildren, I have my two beloved cats--my second family!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I was raised Methodist by my parents until age 8 when I chose to join the Baptist church where I remained until my young adulthood. I left that church in my twenties and was adrift for about two years. I didn't know where God's church was or how to find it. Feeling that I could only find the tenets that defined God's church in God's word, I turned to a deep study of the Old and New Testaments. There I discovered that several consistent things were present in God's church. In both Testaments I read of miracles, priesthood, prophets, ongoing revelation and wondered why some of these tenets which seems so important to God and Jesus Christ were not present in the churches I visited. After investigating several churches I came to the sad conclusion that the church I had read of in the Bible no longer existed. Then I moved off campus with three other girls at INC-Chapel Hill, N.C. A wonderful thing occurred there. I met a "strange" girl who appeared to eat or drink nothing--no tea, tobacco, alcohol or such. I was really flabbergasted when I offered her lunch one day and she replied "I'm not eating today." After asking her many questions she asked if I'd like to meet the elders. I agreed expecting to meet old guys with beards. I was very surprised when two young men came to my door. They began teaching me the first lesson about the church with Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone and being built on a foundation of prophets and priesthood. Astounded I asked them "Do you mean to say you have a prophet?" They said "Yes". I then asked "Is he alive?" They again replied "Yes." I immediately asked to be baptized. I know now that that probably doesn't happen very often. Laughing they told me they were happy but I needed to finish the rest of the lessons. Soon after that I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have never regretted that decision. I know I am home.

How I live my faith

Every day I try very hard to be more like Christ. He is my center--the core of my faith.Any good thing about me derives from having him as my exemplar. I strive to study the scriptures for they draw me closer to him. Prayer is just about my middle name. I pray about everything--from lost keys to lost souls. I know that Heavenly Father hears my prayers no matter how insignificant they may seem. At church I serve as a teacher in the ladies organization and help to organize trips to the temple. I have the privilege of visiting three ladies each month to assess their needs, share a few minutes of quality time and deliver a sort message. Oh what fun we have sharing laughs and life experiences. As well I try to refrain from substances which would harm my body and stay away from media that would have a negative influence on my mind and spirit. Sundays are special to me. I love to attend Sacrament. It is a sacred time when I can review my week and offer up repentance to the Lord, remember his infinite sacrifice for me and all mankind and renew my baptismal covenants. On the Sabbath Day I like to watch clean movies, journal, prepare lessons, do special things for my husband or other family members. I especially like video chat with my kids and grand kids. I used to think that stepping away from the world one day a week was a great sacrifice. Now I know better. I look forward to Sundays so I can rest from the world for a day and recharge my spiritual batteries. I am especially happy to try to follow the admonition of our prophet. Knowing that I can draw counsel from him as well as the prophets of the Old and New Testaments brings great solace to my soul.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I have absolutely no doubt. Our prophet today serves in the same way as the prophets of the Old and New Testaments. He directs God's church as did Moses, Amos and others. Our prophet guides us in correct paths. Following the counsel of the prophets has never led me astray and when I have followed their counsel--even at times when that counsel might not make worldly sense--I have always been happier and more secure. Show more Show less