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Hi I'm Brittany

I grew up in Hawaii. I am a speech-language pathologist. I converted to the church at the age of 26. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm basically a normal person, though a little cooky at times. I just graduated with my Masters in Speech and Language Pathology and have a wonderful job where I have the amazing opportunity to work with children of all abilities to understand language and learn to speak. I love to read, shop, watch movies, play card games, and play volleyball. I love being silly. I love talking to people and finding out their story. I didn't grow up in this church. but rather investigated and later converted at 26. I have been a member since August 2011. My husband and I were blessed with being able to recently travel to the Las Vegas temple where we were sealed together for time and eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a non-denominational family. I was raised knowing there was a God, but not going to church. When I was really young I got married to a man and we were married for 5 years. It started out like an answer to all my prayers. We got married, bought a home, and I got a great job and was looking into Graduate School. About 3 years into my marriage, things started to turn very sour, very fast and we ended up getting a divorce. That was the turning point in my life. I was broken and I felt like a failure. At one of the hardest points in my life I was blessed with my best friend. She is a Mormon. It took a few weeks, but I got up the nerve to ask her about her faith. I wanted to know how she held it together when everything around her would seem like it was falling apart. She game me my first book of Mormon. I went home that night and read the title page and remembered feeling calm for the first time in many years. For me it felt like a small feeling inside was growing and someone kept telling me “just keep listening.” I started meeting with the missionaries and hearing the Gospel and have never doubted it. I decided to get baptized around Easter 2011, but when I told my mom it didn’t go very well. My mom was angry and she was hurt that I would do this, and no matter what I said it didn’t change it. Eventually, through a lot of prayer, fasting, and following through with her small requests (which was to read the entire book of Mormon before I was baptized) I was baptized August 27th, 5 months later. It wasn’t an easy road getting here, and it has been difficult since I’ve joined the church, but not a day goes by that I don’t thank the Lord for showing me the truth and providing me with the opportunity to join this church. I know with all my heart and soul that this church is true and that I made the best decision of my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each and every day by how I interact with those around me. Whether it be the cashier at the supermarket, a coworker, or a child I am working with in therapy I try to remember that each person is different, but we are all children of our Heavenly Father. I'm not perfect (in any way), but I continue to try each and every day to follow the Lords commandments and continually work to better myself and to make my Heavenly Father proud.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Brittany
I often wondered this myself before I joined the church. After having gone through the temple, I feel I can give some insight into this question. We believe the temple is the Lord's house. It's kept clean, reverent, and pure to be a place the Lord would want to enter. In temples each person has the opportunity to make promises with the Lord for themselves, then we have the opportunity to perform ordinances for those who have passed away. We believe everyone, even after death, has the choice to accept the gospel. By performing these ordinances (i.e., baptism, endowment, sealings) we provide them the means to progress further in their eternal status. The individual is not forced to join or follow, but only given the opportunity. Sacred is a word few people truly understand. Many times in life we have experiences, spiritual, physical, or emotional, that are so special and important to us that we feel if we share them with others, they won't understand or may mock. That is how we view our spiritual relationship with the Lord. It's something so special to us that we keep it to ourselves. We hold it dear and we understand that it doesn't need to be shared with everyone. Temples are wonderful places, where not even every member of our church can attend. They are NOT secret in any way, you can find pictures in our church magazine, but the things we personally and spiritually gain from temples are extremely sacred to us so we keep them to ourselves as some may not understand. Show more Show less