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Hi I'm LuAnn Brandt

I'm a mother of six, a grandmother of nearly 10, a Spanish teacher at our local high school, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

While my children were growing up, I mostly stayed home to take care of them, but 12 years ago I went back to teaching Spanish full time and now I let that consume me for at least nine months of the year. It helps keep me young and constantly learning. I love my students! I do love opportunities to spend time with my grandchildren who all live within a 100 miles. Reading is something I am happy to take time to do in the evenings with books that include historical fiction or non-fiction especially, as well as the scriptures. I love to sew as well even though I'm not very good at it. My husband and I have been effected by the economic downturn, but it has given us more time together since he doesn't travel in his work anymore. So we are finding creative ways to spend time together and with our family. At Christmas time we enjoy making surprise visits to people as Mr. and Mrs. Santa. We also bought a travel trailer and a four-wheeler and are re-discovering camping again. We do enjoy life and especially each other.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with a pioneer heritage in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My parents set me an example of hard work, spiritual and temporal education, prayer and service. Just the same, when I became a young adult, I had to make choices of my own. I had learned to pray and knew that I could communicate with my Heavenly Father and that he loved me. I received answers to my prayers that guided my life. I turned to the Lord for direction at each turn. I found that the scriptures contained so many answers. Especially The Book of Mormon. I learned to love that book and the clear understanding it gave me of my purpose in this life. Why am I a Mormon? It makes me whole; it gives me an eternal perspective; it makes me happy even in times of turmoil; It gives me hope and a clear understanding of how to be a better person each day. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I serve within my church by doing whatever I am asked. In the past I have taught the youth, the children, and adults. I worked with both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, have served as president of the women's Relief Society, the children's Primary and the Young Women's organizations. These "callings" have brought me joy and have taught me so much throughout my life. I try to live my faith each day by praying and reading the scriptures to guide me, then trying to live the principles I am taught like being kind and cheerful, sharing what I have, and being honest. I try to make improvements in my life each year so that I can go back to my Heavenly Father in the best shape possible! Even with the Gospel, life has not always been easy. I have made serious mistakes, but the awesome thing is that I understand that if I sincerely repent, I can be forgiven. At the same time, when someone in my family makes mistakes, I know I can and must forgive them as well. The Gospel helps me understand that I can accept people the way they are and, through love and example, help them try to become better. They hopefully will do the same for me. That is what the Lord does and I want to follow him. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind and that it is through his love and sacrifice that we can all return to him and live in peace with each other. He makes it all possible and gives me purpose in my life. I am so very grateful for this understanding that gives me eternal perspective on a daily basis.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

LuAnn Brandt
In the Book of Mormon it teaches us that God is both just and merciful. He must follow his laws or he would not be God. We have all sinned and therefore cannot be in the presence of God because of the law. So Jesus chose to die for us and take upon himself our sins to answer the requirements of justice. So now God can be merciful. To me this is so wonderful. God does not give commandments willy nilly, only to say, "oh, you're such a nice person, I won't make you pay for your mistake." There are laws and they must be followed. There is mercy and we must qualify for it by repenting and leaving our sins behind. This gives me great confidence in God. I know where He stands and know he will help me stand with Him. Jesus chose to be our Savior through incomprehensible love for us. We needed Him to do this for us to meet the requirements of Justice. Show more Show less