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Hi I'm Brandi

I am a wife, a mother of three, a personal trainer, a community volunteer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on Army bases throughout the US. When I am asked where I would consider where home is, I say Albuquerque, New Mexico. This is where my parents are from, where we spent our vacations, where I ended up graduating from high school, and where I joined the church. I now live in Rhode Island with my husband and three children. I get to stay home with my school-aged children. I like to use my personal training certifications to volunteer at my local community center. I do this by teaching community members how to be safe and get the best results from their workouts. I enjoy watching my husband and children take Aikido (Japanese martial arts). I love going to my kids' baseball and softball games. I love to read in my spare time. I like reading LDS fiction, mysteries, and books based on historical events.

Why I am a Mormon

During a freak blizzard in Albuquerque, a friend of mine stopped a set of missionaries on the street and asked, "If there is a God then why is there so much suffering in the world?" They said they would love to answer that and any other questions she might have. After setting an appointment with them, she called me and invited me to join her. My friend stopped after two lessons but I continued. After every lesson the missionaries would ask me if I wanted to be baptized. I would always say no and tell them that while I think what they have taught me makes sense--and I like what their church believes--I am not feeling the spirit they are talking about feeling. After my fifth lesson I was driving home and praying out loud, "Why can't I feel what they are talking about? Please, can I feel the spirit and know what they are teaching is true?" All of a sudden a warm feeling of absolute peace came over me and I knew I had to join this church and be baptized. I called the missionaries and left a message on their answering machine, "Yes! I want to be baptized!" Once they recovered from their shock they called me back and I was baptized a week later. The principles the missionaries taught that I felt made sense are: God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are three separate entities but work together for the same purpose; families can be together forever; God is a loving and forgiving God; and Jesus Christ suffered for our sins and died and was resurrected so that, we too, can live again with our Heavenly Father. The missionaries did answer my friend's question about why there is so much suffering in the world. First, God gave us all free agency to choose how we live our lives. Unfortunately, some people choose to do unrighteous things with their free agency. Second, we need to have knowledge of good and evil so that we may use our free agency to follow all that is good. I know that God never leaves us, especially, when times are hard and we are going through trials.

How I live my faith

I am currently the president of my ward's Relief Society, the woman's organization at church. It is my responsibility to work with the bishop to identify and help with the spiritual and worldly needs of the women and their families. Away from church, my family reads scriptures every night and we have family and personal prayer every day. Every Monday night we have Family Home Evening where we have a spiritual lesson and play games together. Most importantly, the way I live my faith, is by trying to be a good example to those around me. Every day I do my best to live the gospel principles that I learn on Sundays and through daily scripture study. Together, with my husband, we teach our children--and demonstrate to others around us--these principles. Not only with our words, but with our actions as well.