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Hi I'm Brenda

I'm a mom, and a wife. I teach tumbling to kids. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life is busy, crazy, and wonderful. I am not perfect and neither is my family, but we do our best. My 5 year old is allowed to dress herself and she usually doesn't match, and I am okay with it. Most mornings I try to squeeze in a run with our dog, who reminds me in her own way that she is ready to go. Before having kids, I went to Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in Special Education. I taught for a few years before deciding to stay home and start a family. Volunteering at my kids' school is important to me, so I am up at the school often. I am also the yearbook editor for the elementary school. I have 4 kids from elementary school age to high school, so after school is a busy time around our house. To add to the craziness, I teach tumbling classes a couple days a week after school, which is so much fun. When we can, my husband and I like to get away and visit new places in this amazing world. Even though it is sometimes hectic, my life is great and I wouldn't change anything. Okay, maybe I wish my 5 year old would let me dress her.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in California gave me the opportunity to have friends of several different faiths. My mom grew up in the Presbyterian faith, and is a convert to the LDS church. My dad was raised in the LDS church, but wasn't very active in the faith most of my childhood. I went to church every Sunday, but I didn't really have a conviction myself until I left home. Two of my siblings didn't embrace the Mormon faith, but my sister and I have chosen to. For me, it wasn't until I was in college in California that I had to decide if it was right for me. I hadn't been active in the church for a year or so, when I felt that something was missing. It was during that time that I prayed and felt a desire to go back to church. I have since served as a full-time missionary for 18 months in the Washington D.C. area. There I met people of every faith and enjoyed learning about how they live their religion. That was a great time in my life to really learn about Christ and how I can be His disciple. For me, fully living the teachings of Jesus Christ is the way I find happiness and helps me feel complete.

How I live my faith

I love working with the youth. I am currently the president of the young women's organization and as such, I get to be with the 12-18 year old girls in our area. On Sundays we meet together and learn about how to have more faith in the Savior, how to be more patient and kind, and how to become the daughter of God He would want us to be. We also get together every Wednesday night to learn how to live more like Christ by serving others, developing our talents, and learning new skills. One of the best things about working with the young women is how much I learn from them. They are amazing and have so much joy and enthusiasm. In the Mormon church, we have the opportunity to serve in many different ways. In the past, I have been able to learn new skills by conducting the church choir, which was quite an adventure for me since I'm not really all that musical. I have also served as the Den Leader for the Cub Scouts (ages 8-10). I have taught Sunday School classes for youth, served as the president of the women's organization, and taught the children songs about Jesus. These are just a few of the opportunities the church has given me to learn and grow in ways I otherwise may not have.