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Hi I'm Brook

I am a graduate student, activist, world traveler, music lover, slurpee connoisseur, dancer, and feminist. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been passionate about the human body and others around the world for as long as I can remember, as my adventerous parents took me around the world from a very young age. This passion has taken me to adventure through different parts of the world to learn about new cultures and people. I've had the privilege of traversing throughout Central and South America, India, Vietnam, the middle east, and many more beautiful countries. The more I travel, the more I see that we are part of a global family; I have realized that some key things are universal--suffering and love. More recently, my adventures have included graduate school. I completed my Master's in Social Justice and Human Rights, and am currently working on my PhD in Global Health. I find that sometimes the work I do can be heavy, so I make time to: meet and connect with new people, throw hugs around like candy at a parade, bake sugary goodies, dance, go on spontaneous road trips (especially to the ocean or a cute, small town), explore quiet mountainsides, discover new restaurants, listen to moving music, tickle the ivories, read a good book, and pretend to be good at sports.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ has led me to find peace in so many ways. Because of the work that I am involved with, I often encounter people who have experienced tragedies in their lives, more often than not inflicted upon them by someone else's agency. The gospel helps me find forgiveness and peace both for the people who are survivors of torture, human trafficking, and rape, and for those who have been involved on inflicting that on someone else. I see that the gospel has answers for all questions that we may have in our lives, and that the Atonement of Jesus Christ can heal all pain that we experience here on Earth--physical and emotional. I love the gospel because it teaches me that we all have a plan here, and that we are not just left alone to figure it out. We are still allowed to use our agency to do the best we can. What a loving Heavenly Father to give us guidance through the Book of Mormon and current, living prophets! I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe that we were the same soul before we came to this Earth, and we will be able to live a life beyond this one that we know here on Earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing with those around me the individual love that our Heavenly Father has for each of us! I believe the world would be changed forever if we only loved and listened to each other in a meaningful way. I share inspiring quotes from our leaders. I try to be a sincere friend to those around me. And I try to express my gratitude for all of the beautiful creations that surround us.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

I have studied the human body for quite some time now, and I love the Word of Wisdom and the principles it teaches. It is essentially full respect for the body, and keeping it away from harmful, addictive substances so that we can be the best we can be. In addition to abstaining from tobacco, alcohol, coffee/tea, and illegal drug use, it also talks about going to bed early and rising early, eating fruits and vegetables, and other things that are good for us. This is especially important to us once we know that our bodies are so precious to us, and they are gifts to us from a loving God. Show more Show less