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Hi I'm Brandy Nelson

I live in Alaska. I'm married. I have the best job in the world, taking care of my three children. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother. I spend most of my time taking care of my family in a small rural town and I love it. My husband and I have three children. We like to play games together, work and play in our yard, garden together and go to sporting events. We also love speding time with our cousins and grandparents who live close by. Alaska is quite and adventurous place. We love it when we get the opportunity to get out and enjoy it. One of the challenges that our family faced was when my husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It was a difficult experience but thanks to fantastic doctors, supportive family and community and blessings from our Father in Heaven, he is doing great and has been cancer free for 10 years now. When I have time, I love reading books about religion, politics and especially history. I love reading blogs, articles and news stories as well. I can really get 'lost' researching topics of interst. I have always loved to play sports. I don't have as many opportunities to play now but when I do, I always enjoy it. I play volleyballl at the church with my daughter and friends and I play at the local recreation center when I can. I enjoy sewing, cooking and crafting together especially with my Daughter. We experiment with making up our own paterns for clothing and stuffed animals. Some are successful and some - not so much. I have a great life, not perfect but really great!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the church when she met my father, who was already a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They dated and then married shortly after my mother was baptized. They were later sealed (married eternally) in the Salt Lake Temple and they have been blessed by it ever since. I was able to grow up with scripture reading, attending church, having family home evening and frequent discussions about the gospel of Jessus Christ, among other things. My testimony began growing at an early age and has continued to grow ever since. I wanted to pass on these blessing to my future familiy. When I was 18 years old, I began dating my future husband. He was not a member of the church but he agreed to listen to the missionary discussions. He felt the Spirit of the Holy Ghost testify to him of the truthfullness of the message they shared and he was baptized shortly after. We married in the Seattle Temple one year later. Since then, my husband and I have tried to live in accordance to the teachings of our faith. We love the blessings that the Gospel brings to our marriage and particularly to our children. We have peace, happiness, protection, comfort, direction and answers to life's most difficult questions. Having the gospel doesn't mean our family is perfect by any means, but we have the tools to help us in everything that we do. Throughout my life I have been faced with challenges and have sought answers. Through humble and sincere prayer, I have felt the Holy Ghost testify to me of the truthfullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that he lives today. I know that the Pres. Thomas S. Monson is truly a Prophet called by God. I know that Joseph Smith was also a Prophet called by God to restore His gospel to the earh once again. I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real and has the power to save and the power to heal. It has changed my life.

How I live my faith

I recently started working with the Cub Scouts. I was quite nervouse at first because 10 year old boys can be quite energetic. After the first two weeks of being with them, I love it! We do all kinds of fun activities and the boys are great. As a den leader, I am happy that I can help them develop character that will help them throughout the rest off their lives, and I can tell they are going to keep me young and on my toes. I have also been teaching a Sunday school class of 5 and 6 year olds in Primary. It is the most rewarding thing that I could possibly be doing on the Sabath day. They are not only adorable but they love learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ. It's a bit of a trick to help them to be reverent but with some gentle reminders and a little bit of creativity (i.e. bringing in a "reverent frog" named Herbert who likes to randomly jump to children who are being reverent), they are doing fantastic. I love my little class. I always have lots of funny and cute things from my class to tell my family when we ride home from church. I enjoy being a Visiting Teacher. I have made many lifelong friends through the Visiting Teaching program and I love feeling like I am helping to take care of those around me. I have three ladies that I try to visit each month and one awesome partner. I love the Visiting Teaching program and I know how important it is to the Lord that we watch over those around us and take care of each other. I volunteer at my children's school on occassion. I love getting to know my children's teachers and friends and I think my children enjoy seeing me at school and on field trips. It is nice to help out at school and be a part of the educational system, even if it's in a small way.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Brandy Nelson
Mormon women are all individuals and are all daughters of a Heavenly Father. Mormon women, as well as non-mormon women, each have individual tallents and strengths and they each have their own unique circumstances. However, as daughters of a Heavenly Father, we as women were created with special divine qualities that we can continually develop and use, such as a gift for nurturing those around us, especially children. As we develop our divine qualities and as men develop the divine qualities given to them, we can work together in a complimentary way to accomplish wonderful things. We can work together in our marriages, in our families, in our churches and in our communities. We are all equally important in our Father in Heaven's eyes; equal, but with different divine qualities. I love it that we are all different as women yet we share very special qualities that were given to us by our Father in Heaven. I love being a woman! Show more Show less