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Hi I'm Brenda.

I'm a Mormon. Raised in the beautiful hills of West Virginia, I worked as a teacher and principal in my home state and in Florida.

About Me

A mother of two children, a wife of a dutiful husband, a Girl Scout, a high school band majorette, a high school basketball and volleyball player, a basketball coach, an English teacher, an athletic trainer, a public school administrator, I have enjoyed the many years I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My life has been filled with experiences I wouldn't trade for anything. Some of the experiences I also would not wish on anyone, but I am thankful that I have been able to persevere.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt spiritual guidance in my life from living the principles and devoting much of my spare time to Christ's church and to learning about Him. As a teenager I read a book "They Knew the Prophet" containing personal stories of people acquainted with Joseph Smith. From those accounts, I knew that Joseph Smith was the prophet God wanted to usher in His last dispensation. Joseph is the prophet that Martin Luther, Roger Williams, John Wesley and many other religious leaders knew would eventually come to re-establish Christ's church upon the earth. I am a Mormon because the religion is so logical; it simply makes so much sense! Parts of the Holy Bible that are mysterious, are answered in this church. Through modern prophets, we know what Paul was speaking of when he said in 1 Corinthians 15:29, "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?" To my knowledge, this is the only church that does baptisms for the dead! We are able to have these answers because Joseph Smith was the prophet and spiritual leaders that Christ gave His authority to re-establish His church on the earth in 1830.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have lived my Faith in many different ways. As a public school teacher, a student once asked me after class, "Are you a Christian?" I answered, "Yes, why do you ask?" She replied, "I can tell by the way you treat people." That was the best compliment I could have ever received as a teacher! At other times, because I live my faith, because I do everything in my power to choose what is right, my family and I have suffered from the domino affect of someone with power and/or status that is not choosing what is right in the sight of the Lord. In the long run, I know that these experiences will only help me as I plow my way through the snow and coldness of the unfaithful. I know I have faults, as do most, but I hope others can tell that I am a Christian and a Mormon by my personal habits and by the way I live my Faith. Moreover, I have lived my faith by fulfilling many different assignments from within the Church. I have worked with the elementary and teenage youth, led choirs, facilitated summer camps, taught adults, organized large-scale sporting events, prepared materials as Sunday librarian, and given speeches that have hopefully given the members hope and/or knowledge. All the above experiences, good and bad, have been of help to me. Like Joseph of old, who was sold into bondage by his brothers, whenever negativity has come my way, I try to turn it into a trial and a hidden outcome and blessing. After all, Christ our Savior was perfect, and even He had so much suffering to endure! Why wouldn't I have to suffer, too, with all my imperfections!

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Brenda.
The Official Church Answer follows: Our body is a precious gift from God. To help keep our bodies and our minds healthy and strong, God gave a law of health to Joseph Smith in 1833. This law is known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21). In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of: Tobacco. Alcohol. Coffee and tea. Illegal drugs. God promises great physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago. My addition to the church's official answer: Sometimes non-members wonder why some Mormons might drink colas or other soft drinks containing caffeine. In my mind, this is because the official word above does not say "caffeine." Most of the world knows that caffeine is contained in coffee and tea and assumes this is why Mormons do not drink coffee and tea. This is not the letter of the law, though. The letter of the law lists the four substances only. Possibly if one were to follow the "spirit" of the law of the Word of Wisdom, many changes would need to be made including adding physical exercise, the caffeine in chocolate, and the list could be endless. Until more revelation is added, let's not make it too complicated. Stick to the given. And, yes, let's also work on the other things we know are not good for us. Show more Show less