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Hi I'm Brenda

I used to be a school teacher. I have 8 children and a wonderful husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a girl, my dream in life was to become a mother. I went to college, and earned a masters degree in elementary education. I taught third grade for four years. Then my first daughter was born and I chose to retire from teaching to become a full time mother. Over the next seventeen years, seven more wonderful children came into our family. The fulfillment of my childhood dreams brought me even greater joy than I had anticipated. Soon after our eighth child was born, I was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and grandparents are Mormon, and in fact many of my ancestors joined the Mormon church in the days of Joseph Smith. I am proud of this heritage and was raised on stories of the strong faith of my ancestors. While I have always believed that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the word of God, my faith has grown steadily over my lifetime. The Holy Ghost is a source of actual personal revelation. When I read the scriptures or hear the living prophet speak, the Holy Ghost often tells me it is true. My battle with multiple sclerosis has weakened my body but strengthened my faith. I don't think I will be here much longer but because I was married to my husband in the temple, I know that we will be together as a family after death. It brings me great comfort to know that no matter what misfortunes we may face in this life, everything will work out well. I love the Bible and the Book of Mormon because they teach me about Jesus Christ. I know that because of his atonement and resurrection, I will also be resurrected with an immortal body, which will no longer be subject to pain and disease.

How I live my faith

When I was healthy, my days were filled with joyful service to my family and community. I did a lot of volunteer work in my children's schools. For many years, I taught children's and youth classes at church. I loved to feel the spirit when I teach gospel principles. I loved to see the faith of my students grow. I now have no use of my arms or legs and I can not talk very well but I am thankful for my blessings. I am getting an advanced degree in faith and am learning to trust even more in the Lord. Some days my pain is almost unbearable, and I wonder why I am not permitted to die. I know that the Lord is in charge of my life and my family and I are learning important lessons because of this experience. My Mormon congregation only spans the width of two blocks. I am fortunate enough to have lots of close friends who live there who express their faith in visiting me each day. They feed me and talk to me and care for me. They are always so cheerful, even though they have been caring for me for several years, they assure me that they get more out of this service than I do.