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Hi I'm Brenda

I am a wife, mother and grandmother. I am earning a Masters degree, I work, & I like to garden, bike, hike, walk. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, grandmother. Having grandchildren has been a wonderful delight and their hugs go deep into my soul! I am a customer service rep at a local utility company for the past 5 years. There I completed a Masters degree in Leadership and Management. I like to do vegetable and flower gardening but don't like weeding much! My favorite things to do are plant the seeds and reap the harvest. I have a hard time waiting for the harvest. It's no secret patience is a challenge for me. I have many memories when I was little knowing Jesus loved me and being happy. I am compassionate, passionate and sensitive. Once as a small girl found a baby bird that had died. I think it must have been my first experience with death, I ran to my room, looked out the window and began sobbing uncontrollably. My mother came in and asked what I was upset about, I told her, she suggested we pray, so we did. We prayed for the bird and buried it. I felt comfort afterwards. I was introduced to the church when I was four, I felt the Saviors love for me. My parents went inactive, later divorced. The feeling at home was dark, sad and lonely. The pain was unbearable. I went and did things to try and ease the deep hurt inside me. I desperately wanted to feel loved and happy again. Those feelings came after experiencing consequences of poor decisions for 10 years. Then I got married and had my boys. Becoming a mother saved my life - I cherish my boys and the men they have become.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 8. I don't remember being active too much longer after that as my parents moved away from family and the pressures of attending church to a rural area. This made it difficult to get rides to church. There were dark years to follow. My parents divorced, home wasn't home anymore, it was each "man for himself". My spiritual foundation was too weak to handle such a terrible thing in my life and that of my family. I went looking to fill an endless void in my heart in all the wrong places. Later, I got married and had three boys. Once when my oldest boy came home from school, he asked me what church was. Right then I felt the Holy Spirit reminding me my children need to know what church is and I needed return. The remembrance of knowing as a little girl Jesus was my Savior and he loved me very much stirred inside me. I went to church one Sunday and knew this wouldn't be easy, but I never looked back. I had a sister in the ward who was a great listener, acknowledged/validated my feeling. Ultimately, I found the path of repentance and forgiveness. The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives line upon line, never overnight. During the repentance process, as I was being refined, feelings of remorse were great. But the Lord in his infinite wisdom knew I needed time to experience remorse to become the determined, confident woman I am today. The Lord knew choices others made affected me and their choices were not my responsibility. However, my choices were. When the Lord forgave me it was the most peaceful feeling. I felt pure as when I was little. Do I wish things happened differently? Yes. Am I thankful for a Heavenly Father who loved me and still does? Yes. I know He is real and I know his son Jesus Christ pleads with the Father in my behalf. Jesus knows what I went through, He knows me, He willingly died for me and suffered for my sins. I am sorry for his suffering because of me, yet thankful He knew my worth even if I didn't.

How I live my faith

I have been "back" to church now for 27 years serving in many different areas of the church. My most recent is President of the organization for women. The women are sisters and the men are brothers. The purpose of church is to help families grow closer to Jesus Christ, our Savior, renew promises we made at baptism and strengthen or testimonies. We teach many topics to help members gain inspired answers to their prayers, heal wounds, solve problems and be self reliant in caring for their families. We also visit families each month by assignment to ensure they are doing well, we teach a lesson and pray with them. Each day I set aside time to pray, read and ponder the scriptures, think about sisters and how our organization can help them. It is important to serve others because that helps me help myself too. Its the way, I as one person, can not just learn of Christ and teach others about him, but to really become like him. Do things as he would have me do, not as I would do. Serving is the least I can do for Him because he saved me from the very depths of despair, he was with me through my repentance process and he forgave me. His forgiveness was a clear and distinct feeling of love I will never forget. I attend all my meetings as a leader each Sunday and other times as required. I try to convey the love the savior has for each one of us and how repentance, no matter how long it takes, is a wonderful cleansing experience. It gives us power and confidence we have never known before.