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Hi I'm Brenda

I'm a wife. I'm a mother of seven. I'm a bibliophile. I'm a strong, independent woman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a mother of seven I am a woman on the go! I spend a lot of time doing laundry, dishes, driving to athletic events, helping in classrooms, reading stories... you get the idea. I have been married for twenty years to a wonderful man who works hard so I can stay home and mother our children. I'm a huge proponent of Parenting with Love and Logic. I like it so much I hope to become a facilitator so I can help other parents gain some tools to become better parents. Being a wife and a mother takes most of my time but I really try to carve out some for the other things in my life that I love. Books are at the top of that list. Reading can be exciting, sad, enlightening, happy, thought-provoking, and an easy way to explore the world. I love and always have loved to learn. Books are the easiest vehicle to gain knowledge at this point in my life. Hiking and being outdoors is also way up there on the list of things I love. I thoroughly enjoy taking my children on hikes throughout the summer months. I feel closer to God when I am in the wilderness and away from the business of everyday life. My creative side is always bubbling to the surface through the mundane chores of life. I really love to cook, I collect cookbooks and read them for fun but create my own recipes regularly. I taught myself to knit and to crochet last year, mostly because I wanted to wear pretty things made with yarn. I live a full and happy life, much of it focused on others, but that's why it's so great!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church before I was born, so I was essentially raised with the gospel. I didn't, however, gain a personal testimony of the gospel until I was about 17. I always went to church and thought of myself as a Mormon, but I was somewhat rebellious. I wasn't really living the principles that I said I believed. I finally came to a point where I had to choose. In order to choose, I had to know for myself if the gospel was true, not just rely on what my parents believed. After a lot of prayer and fasting I felt the Holy Ghost like I never really had before. I knew without a doubt that Heavenly Father loved me. I knew that the things I had learned in church about Jesus Christ and the atonement he made for each of us were right and true. I felt the importance of repenting and coming unto Christ. Now my testimony is more mature, but still very much centered in Jesus Christ. I understand that He suffered for all our pains and sorrows, as well as our sins. I'm still trying to understand all the ways the Atonement blesses me, and how it can relieve the burdens that life places on my shoulders. As I worship and learn, at church and on my own, I gain more understanding. Understanding that comes from the Holy Ghost. This understanding leads to increased faith and a desire to live as I know Heavenly Father wants me to live. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ brings joy in an uncertain world, a world that can be filled with pain and sorrow. How grateful I am for this joy and the love God and His Son have for me .

How I live my faith

The most obvious way I live my faith is through service. Ours is a service-oriented church. I teach the women's class one Sunday a month. I visit several women during the month to check in -- make sure their temporal and spiritual needs are being met -- but above all to be their friend. I have also spent a considerable amount of time helping at my children's schools over the years. I also think of a lot of the things I do for my family as service, as a way of blessing them. All of this would mean little if I did it with an attitude of resentment, or if I was looking for a reward. Instead, I hope I am serving with the "pure love of Christ", an attitude of charity. I think that the power of a smile is really underestimated these days. Sometimes it's easy to forget, but I really try hard to remember that we are ALL God's children. When I remember that I try to act with the most basic of human kindness: I smile. When I do my life is better. I also imagine that for a moment the person being smiled at feels like life is better, as well. There are other choices I make that are in direct correlation to my faith. I get up at 5 a.m. to read from the holy scriptures with my family because I know it strengthens us for our day. I give thanks at each meal time because I know how much God has blessed us with food and a beautiful home. I attend church services every Sunday so I can be uplifted and edified by others who believe as I do. I say my prayers because God is my spiritual Father and I want to continue building a relationship with him. I trust that he knows the best path for my life; the path that will prepare me to return to live with him. When I am truly living my faith all of these things are an integral part of my days. Days that are better because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.