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Hi I'm Brenda

I’m a mom, a volunteer, a swimmer, an Arizonan and oh yeah—I’m a Mormon too.

About Me

I’m an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys family time camping, riding, mountain biking, hiking, paddle-boarding, boogie-boarding and swimming. I’m a fish who enjoys masters swimming year round and revels in outdoor lakes, rivers and oceans. My mom says one summer we kids didn’t take a shower because we swam daily! Recent encounters with sea turtles, fish, and a whale shark are the highlights of my undersea adventures. Gratefully, I was kayaking when I saw the dorsal fin of the whale shark, who was very friendly. Volunteering in my daughter’s school, by helping in a math class, chaperoning field trips, and spending time with her and her friends is fulfilling. I participate in a book club of friends who like sharing our thoughts on books almost as much as we like socializing. For work, I oversee the financials at my husband, Clint’s, office. I’m a community activist who supports worthy causes. For example, the community college considered closing the pool, but we worked hard for them to refurbish the pool because the voter-approved bond said we’d get a new one. I support worthy propositions and promote positive change. Now I’m trying to keep Barnes and Noble, our only local bookstore, from leaving the area. I attended school in northern Arizona, Houston, TX and relocated to a perfect place in the cool pines of Arizona. We (me and my husband) have lived here for 14 years. My husband was born and raised here and our daughter was born here too.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My father was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shortly before marrying my mother. My mom’s side of the family has a legacy of actively participating in the Gospel. My mom diligently brought us to Church. Although my dad didn’t attend, he supported us in going to Church. I cherish the pictures of us posing in Church finery—often matching dresses sewn by my mom. My dad’s not in the picture because he’s behind the camera. When my parents divorced, it was a difficult time for all of us. We were able to “choose” whether or not to attend Church. I floundered for a year when I was eleven not attending Church regularly. Although I had a good feeling going to Church, it just wasn’t the same going without my family. Gratefully, Grandma Butler took me to Sacrament with her. Aahhh…the memories of sitting in the back of the Chapel, nudging grandma to wake up so she could partake of the Sacrament. After I turned 12, my Young Women leaders offered to give me a ride home after the 3-hour block. I missed going to Kentucky Fried Chicken with grandma after Sacrament, but I blossomed. I learned more about my Heavenly Father’s plan for me and felt indebted to Jesus Christ for sacrificing his life for me. I knew Joseph Smith restored the Gospel to the earth in this dispensation. This was necessary so I could later perform saving ordinances in this earth life to live in Heaven again. I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know I can come unto Christ by attending Church, praying, reading scriptures, and serving others. I know I'm a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and I love him. I married my husband in the Mesa Temple for time and eternity 18 years ago. I know if we live righteously, we will all live with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and our deceased loved ones in Heaven.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon helps me make the most of my life by serving others, reading my scriptures, praying, cherishing my family, attending the Temple and preparing to return to my Father in Heaven. I serve in the women's organization and help sisters come unto Christ. I follow the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ by helping those in need. I teach lessons once a month on Sunday. I visit new sisters and through socializing and worshipping together, we strengthen each other. I volunteer in the middle school my daughter attends because it's wortwhile getting to know her teachers and friends better. I also enjoy influencing youth as I'm a former high school teacher. I live the Gospel by making the most of my life with my family. My husband and daughter mean everything to me. As we camp, enjoy each others’ company and attend Church together, we create our own slice of Heaven here on earth. Being faithful and believing in God's plan helped me deal with the deaths of my siblings. My lovely, vivacious younger sister died when she was 34. Because my mom and dad always planned to take her on a trip, we started taking family vacations together. We had memorable times cruising the Alaskan passage and visiting Mayan ruins. Sadly, this tradition was cut short by my brother’s death in a car accident. I gain strength knowing they are in Heaven and I’ll see them again. But I still miss them. Living faithfully helps me appreciate my blessings. I’ve been blessed with a large, loving, extended family of stepparents and in-laws. I’ve been married for over 18 years to my best friend. I have a fabulous tween daughter who is my second best friend. I’ve been able to further my education, live in different places, and work in healthcare and education. I enjoy today and look forward to future adventures, challenges and successes. Relying on Heavenly Father's goodness and Jesus Christ's empathy, my earthly life is a good one and my eternal life will be even better.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes! In fact, I'm studying the Old Testament this semester in a class offered at the Church's Institute of Religion. It's fascinating learning about ancient Temples and how similar they are to the Temples we worship in today. The precious truths of the Mosaic law showed the Lord's need for devoted, committed followers. We are also studying the New Testament in Sunday School this year. Knowing and loving the Gospel of Jesus Christ, helps us come unto Him. The Bible confirms that God is the same yesterday and today. In high school, Mormons attend 4 years of Seminary and spend 2 years studying the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Bible is also taught in college when we attend Institutes of Religion. Adult classes are also offered. As a stay-at-home mom, I appreciate receiving additional inspiration and instruction during the week by attending the Old Testament class and studying the New Testament in Sunday School on Sunday. We continue using all the scriptures because the scriptures are the words of God taught through his prophets. It's essential for us to learn the will of God to his people in earlier times because we can learn from their experiences. We also feel the Spirit testifying to us that the Scriptures are true. Show more Show less