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Hi I'm Brooke

I'm a huge baseball fan. I love to read and be with my family. I taught special education for ten years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an atypical Mormon woman because I got married much later than mostat 31 years of age. This gave me a chance to teach in my twenties. I was a Special Education teacher for ten years in elementary and middle schools. I taught in Utah and in Arlington, Virginia. This opportunity was instrumental in teaching me principles of patience and charity that have shaped my character and testimony of Jesus Christ. I met my husband on a blind date in 2002 and we have two children ages 7 and 3. It's been an interesting transition going from a full-time teacher to a full-time mom. There are certainly days that are hard, but I'm glad I've made the choice to stay home with my children for this short season of their lives. They will grow up fast and then it's on to new adventures. Our family love the Arizona Diamondbacks and ASU Sun Devils and go to games together whenever we can. We also love exploring Arizona and all that it has to offer. I love to learn, read, cook and hike. In my congregation, I serve as the secretary of the women's organization called Relief Society. Our group has about 180 members. This service opportunity has enriched my life over the last 18 months in so many ways. Serving others is truly my testimony of Jesus Christ in real life.

Why I am a Mormon

I had an experience in my family in 1996 that made me question my testimony and membership in the church. I had been a member since I was 8 and all of my family were members. But at this time, I truly had to pray and find the answer for myself. Was this truly the Church of Jesus Christ? Because in my mind, there was a literal fork in the road and I needed to know. Finding out for myself that this truly was Christ's church and that His love for me and my family was real is the greatest gift I've been given. Since that time, blessings and miracles have followed. I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the path to happiness and joy. His love and our Heavenly Father's love for us is the greatest truth we can know in this life. Christ has made it possible for us to live again with Heavenly Father. His resurrection is real. His Atonement is real. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. I believe that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ as a 14 year old boy. I believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ speak to Thomas S. Monson today. My testimony of these truths is what guides me and steadies me in peaceful and turbulent times. When the dark clouds gather or the winds of trouble blow into my life, it is because I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer that I will be comforted and watched over.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned before, I serve as the secretary of the women's organization. It allows me a chance to interact with young women just turning 18 all the way to our oldest member who is 92. This range of women and the chance I have to serve them has truly blessed my life. I organize all the information for upcoming events and serve with the president of our women's group.