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Hi I'm Brooke

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I ride my bike on the weekends, miss long Jeep rides down Utah canyons in the summer, snuggle up with good books on quiet days, run but (as my younger brother taught me) only when I am being chased), obsess over tulips in the spring, read the words of ancient and modern prophets for direction, bake yummy rolls and cookies when it rains, take an occasional dance class with strangers, stick my feet out the window on road trips, seek peace through prayer, cheer on college football in the fall, sing out load in my car to the radio, paint watercolor masterpieces (well, at least to me) that no one has ever seen, cry with friends and family when they mourn, ski on Utah snow and play the piano at the end of stressful days. I relish politics, international affairs and world travel. I am a friend, a sister, a daughter, and an aunt. Oh and, on the side, I crunch numbers for a large tech company.

Why I am a Mormon

I love God and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gives me access to tools and resources to show that love better every day. In sacred temples, I learn more about God's plan for me and all of His children, to return to live with Him some day. As I learn more about His plan, I learn more about His attributes. He is kind, loving, benevolent, merciful, mindful, responsive, faithful and omniscient. Because God is all of these things, and so many more, I know I can pray and receive answers to my prayers. Through living prophets, called by God to lead us today, I learn how to be more obedient to God's commandments, find peace in the problems I face, direction for decisions I make and warnings against worldliness creeping into my life. As I receive this peace, follow the guidance and heed he warnings, I feel greater love for God and see his hand in my life as a loving Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I have thought a lot about how I live my faith and I think I can sum it up in one word: LOVE. During His mortal ministry, Jesus Christ taught, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." As a result, I anxiously seek out the ancient and modern prophets to understand God's commandments and to apply them in my life, as one way to demonstrate my faith. My mother personifies the principle, "....if ye are in the service of your fellow being, ye are only in the service of your God." As I have watched that example throughout my life, I have learned that service is another way to demonstrate love of God and our faith in His plan. Whether I am taking a meal in to a family facing illness or tragedy, rolling up my sleeves to weed a garden, kneeling next to a child to help make a Mother's Day card, or listening intently in someone's living room as they share their burdens, I am trying to demonstrate my faith by doing what the Savior would do if He were here: love 'the one'.

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

Since my college years, I have had opportunity to serve extensively in the women's organization in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Relief Society. As I have interacted with women of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds, I can describe them as intelligent, compassionate, articulate, ambitious, gentle and aware of not only the opportunities today's world provides, but the challenges we face as a global society. These women are anxious and engaged in their communities and in the church, contributing to the progress and development of both through their considerable talents and skills. Without exception, as I have interacted with men in the church to fulfill my responsibilities and duties they have encouraged me in my leadership, sought my counsel in making decisions, and provided the necessary support to enable me complete my assignments successfully. The role of men and women in the church is truly complementary. Show more Show less