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Hi I'm Brynna

I majored in Piano Performance at Colorado State University. I love music, reading, writing, hiking, and running. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have just graduated with a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Colorado State University. I love music theory, accompanying, and really anything that has to do with music. I have played the piano for seventeen years, the violin for ten, and I just started learning the organ three years ago. I am fluent in Spanish, and I'm teaching myself Italian and French and other languages, because I'm fascinated by languages. As I prepare to serve a mission in Chile, I am working at a movie theater and teach piano lessons on and off. I love writing and reading whenever possible. One of my favorite movies is Mulan, followed by the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, and my favorite book is The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I am also a huge fan of Harry Potter and other YA fiction and fantasy books. I regularly listen to classical music, movie soundtracks, pop music, rock, punk, and music from around the world. I love going on walks with my mom and spending time with my family in general. I also like hanging out with my friends and roommates and I enjoy baking, especially when I get to take the goodies to someone.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents were brought up in the church and have raised me in the gospel. While this is a contributing factor, I have also developed my own testimony. First and foremost, I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He lives. He is my joy and my salvation. Secondly, over the past couple of years I have made a habit of studying the scriptures. I've read the Book of Mormon several times and I know that it is a true book. I also love the other Scriptures. I've read the Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, the New Testament, and the Old Testament. I love the Scriptures. They are true, and they are the words of God. I am so grateful to have them. They and my knowledge of Jesus Christ help get me through the days. My testimony of the Atonement comforts me and lifts me up when I cannot lift myself up. I have felt the hand of God in my life, and I know He watches over me. Christ died for me, and I know that through Him, all things can be done. I believe in Christ. I know this church is His true church and that He does speak to us today through His prophets, and personally as well. I have received personal feelings that have solidified my faith and left me without a doubt of the truth of this gospel. I know that Heavenly Father devised a plan of happiness and salvation and that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind can be saved and can be happy. I know, because I have felt, that by following the plan of salvation and making covenants with the Lord, we can be happier than by doing anything else. Truly our ultimate purpose is to reach our divine potential and have greater joy, and I know that following this gospel is the way to get there.

How I live my faith

I participate as fully in the church as I can. I am the relief society president and choir pianist. I attend all three meetings of church, I answer questions in Sunday school and in institute, I give talks when asked, and even play the piano or violin for special musical numbers during sacrament meeting. I attend institute (similar to a Bible study), try to be an example, and answer questions people ask me. I have completed the young women's Personal Progress program, I go to the temple as often as I can, and I try to serve others. I am a good listener, and I try and make other people happy to the best of my ability, and attempt to go outside of my little shy bubble, if even through a small smile, to make someone else's day. I follow the guidance we have been given by the prophet and I do my best to be pure and virtuous. I'm not perfect, but I am trying to be like Jesus Christ. And trying to be like Jesus Christ has brought me more happiness than anything else could possible offer me, and because of that I will shortly be serving a mission in Santiago, Chile, to try and bring the gospel to anyone who will listen.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Brynna
I really used to struggle with this kind of question, not about the church's stance in particular, but because sometimes it seems the world throughout history has been oppressive towards women. But that is not the nature of God. The church teaches and shows Heavenly Father's love for women. Despite popular societal views, I argue that this is the most feminist church there is, because the role of women in the church is exalted. Jesus treated women with the utmost respect and love, and that has been my experience in the church. Women in the church are absolutely amazing. There are many talks from leaders in the church on how wonderful and hardworking the women of the church are; what an impact for good they can make. Women and men are different and they have different responsibilities, but we are both divinely created by God, and he loves us equally. He loves all of his children, bond or free, male or female, as the Scriptures say. Women have a divine calling to be mothers, and that is the highest calling anyone could ask for. It is the greatest opportunity of service and love. I am not a mother right now, but women all have a mothering nature, and our families, friends, and other people need the nurturing love that women have to offer. I know from watching others and from being an example to younger siblings and friends that the very nature women possess is the most rewarding job ever. Women of the church are incredible, and we know that we are all beloved daughters of God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brynna
The best answer to this question, for me at least, is found in Moroni in the Book of Mormon, chapter ten, verses four and five. Read those verses and follow the instructions. Ask if it is true, and do it with an open heart, willing to receive. If you really want to know, ask. In all likelihood, the answer will not be a huge vision or anything, although it could be. For me, and for many people, you will feel a warmth in your heart, simply a good feeling of comfort. Something that the apostle Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said. "If we teach by the Spirit, and you listen by the Spirit, some one of us will touch on your circumstance..." Similarly, if you seek sincerely by the Spirit, and you listen by the Spirit, you will get an answer. God listens to his people. And He answers. I know from experience that sometimes it takes a long time to get an answer, but if you are patient, and if you open your heart to the possibility of change, He will answer you. Show more Show less