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Hi I'm Brooke

I'm a violin maker, a joyful musician, a missionary serving in Málaga, Spain, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well hello! A little something about me, I'm a Mormon! Haha, I bet you already guessed that one. But that little decision I made when I was 8 has shaped my life more than any other. But beyond that, I'm quite a melting pot of interests, talents, and hair-brained ideas. Growing up in Arizona the youngest of 6 kids, I feel very privilged in life to have found a vocation that succeeds in meshing two of my many disparate passions, namely Music and Woodworking. But if I'm not in the shop working on a violin, you'll probably find me writing funny little songs on the ukulele, watching a professional cycling race, or in the kitchen trying to perfect my Spanish paella. But not until July 2016, because until then, I'm here serving a full time mission in Málaga, Spain! Best decision of my life (after getting baptized, that is). When I'm done, however, I'm off to Boston to train to be a Luthier where this desert girl is going to freeze so bad... Seriously, out of the frying pan and into the freezer! I'm really just a wanna-be artist who's super picky about music, haircuts, and Spanish accents.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as the youngest in a strong family, all members of the church. One by one each of my brothers and sisters left to serve full time missions, and I certainly wasn't going to miss out on that adventure! As my childhood trust became an adolescent testimony which slowly turned into young adult faith, I have felt my Heavenly Father quite literally guide me in the best paths. Then one day I found myself sitting on the front steps opening a mission call and off I went! As a missionary I have had a number of challenging experiences, and one in particular that literally took me to my knees. Anyone who has experience with depression knows what I mean when I say I was in an unreachable black whole, entirely hopeless and helpless. To feel a power beyond my own reach down and pull me out of that dark place changed me. I wasn't looking for what the church could do for me anymore, I was looking for what I could do to serve God. No sir, I'm not magically perfect now, but I know that being a Mormon is exactly what God wants me to be. I know that this church is His organization, and I'm not about to sign myself off of the winning team.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day, mostly because that's what faith means-- action. We can believe whatever we want, but until we do something about it, faith is still just a nice little word people say sometimes. I live my faith by praying to my Father in Heaven every morning, night, and a lot in between. I live it by looking for better ways to live while I study the scriptures every day... and then changing the way I live. I live my faith by trying again, no matter how many times I've botched things up. And lastly, I live my faith by taking the step or two I can see, no matter how scared I am of the darkness beyond, because I trust that God is guiding me. Most of all, I live my faith by living! God didn't send me here to put my head down and suffer through life. He sent me here to enjoy the beauty, to develop the talents and skills He's blessed me with, and to do my best to help others see themselves the way He sees them. I think being happy is an act of faith, and it's not always the easiest, but it's what we were sent here for. "...men are that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25).

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

For the short period of time that the modern church practiced plural marriage, it was in response to a direct commandment from God and was very limited and regulated. In my opinion, the important thing to get straight are the motives behind the practice. When you read anything written by the people who actually participated, you quickly realize that the main motivation was not in fact romance, but rather obedience to one of God's commandments. This makes sense to me because it couldn't have been easy, not just something you do for fun. I've never been married myself, but I've seen how difficult marriage can be, even for two people who get along decently well. I can't imagine adding another person into the mix would help much. Everyone who participated did so willingly, and everyone that I've ever read about had done some pretty heavy searching and praying beforehand, only moving forward after receiving their own personal revelation to do so. The church does not currently practice polygamy, and anyone who does is not eligible for church membership. If you have any more questions or concerns, I would encourage you to do some research for yourself on "history.lds.org" where you can find out what it was really like directly from those involved. It's an interesting topic, actually, and there's no reason to be embarrassed by it for members and nonmembers alike. Show more Show less