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Hi I'm Brooke

I'm a Texan, a soccer player, and a Harvard Business School graduate. And most importantly to me, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, and a friend - and I LOVE being all of these. I cherish spending time with family and friends. I like doing anything new - whether it's playing a new sport, exploring a new city, meeting someone I don't already know, trying new restaurants, or reading - I love to learn and experience new things. I grew up in Texas, went to college in Utah, moved to Boston for more school, and am now getting to know New York. I've played soccer my entire life and love it.

Why I am a Mormon

In a nutshell, I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. I'm a Mormon because it makes me a better person. I'm a Mormon because my religion helps me grow closer to God. I'm a Mormon because I love my family and want to be with them forever. I believe that God loves us all and will answer our prayers. When I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to God to ask him if it was true (as we're told to do in the Bible, James 1:5), I felt an indescribable (yet I will attempt to describe :) sense of peace, joy, and light come to my heart and my mind. It was so clear, that it left no room for doubt. I've felt these sames feelings countless times over the years as I study the Bible and Book of Mormon, as I attend church, as I listen to the prophets, and as I pray to my Heavenly Father. I'm a Mormon because it helps me to understand the purpose of life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by trying to be a good person. My ultimate goal is to be like Jesus. I fall far, far short of doing so, but just simply trying makes me a better person than I would be otherwise. I think a big part of trying to be like Jesus is being happy and optimistic, being kind to others, sharing in someone's excitement over a goal accomplished, trying to boost someone that's having a bad day, being thoughtful of what others might be going through, and offering a helping hand to someone in need. I could do much more, but I do try to love people and serve people. Part of trying to be like him is learning of him, so I spend time each day studying the scriptures and praying that God will help guide and direct me. Right now, I'm actively serving in the youth community. I believe the youth have an incredible power to make the world a better place, and I feel lucky to be able to play a small part in helping them learn and develop. I help them with things like: --learning about Jesus Christ and God --learning how Jesus and God want us to live (i.e., be kind, be honest, be loving, etc.) --developing skills like time management, financial management, and goal setting --planning and executing wholesome weekend activities (rather than being places where they might be pressured to do things they don't really want to get into) --helping them learn effective ways to cope with challenges Living my faith is energizing. I am continually fulfilled as I strive to do the things that I think are most important. I'm always happy when I choose God's way: to love and serve others.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Brooke
I pay tithing because I believe that is what God wants me to do. He says it in the Bible. I'm happy to pay tithing because I believe that everything I have (my job, my health, my family, my friends) is a blessing from God. All he asks is that I give 10% of my income - not even of all that I have, but just of my income. And so if he has so generously given me 100% of what I have, I'm more than happy to give a small part back. Plus, I get so many life benefits (i.e., non-monetary) from being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, that being asked to donate 10% of my income seems trivial. It's pretty incredible that we can build and maintain church buildings and temples all over the world with just 10% of our incomes! Show more Show less