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Hi I'm Brenda

I grew up in North Carolina, but have lived in Alaska for almost 20 years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from high school, I attended BYU in Provo. After one semester and my twin sister announcing she was getting married, I went back to North Carolina and worked for an accounting firm. While in Young Adults, I met my husband. We were married in the Washington DC temple in 1978. We have 6 children and 4 grandchildren. I was blessed to grow up in the church and to experience all of the wonderful organizations in the church. I love to play the piano and organ. I also like to sew, cook, fish, take pictures, and work on family history. I love the beauty that surrounds me here in Alaska - however there are times when I yearn to be back in North Carolina.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? I was blessed to have been born to goodly parents that were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I grew, and understood the gospel more on my own, I chose to stay a member of the Church. At an early age I decided how I would live my life - - and have kept true to the decisions I made at that pivotal time. I know that Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw. I know that he was a true prophet and that through him the gospel was restored to the earth. I know that Thomas S. Monson is our living and true prophet today. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it testifies of Christ. I know that my Savior lives and loves me. I am thankful for His atonement and the opportunity it affords me to return to my Heavenly Father's presence. I am thankful for the temple and the covenants we make there - and for the knowledge that families can be together forever. I, like Nephi, was born of goodly parents - and for this I am most grateful. I love to do family history work and learn of my ancestors and find out about my heritage. I am so thankful for the many opportunities I have had throughout my life to serve in the church and to grow in the gospel. I am also thankful for my wonderful children and grandchildren. I am a Mormon because it brings great joy and peace into my life.

How I live my faith

I currently am the Family History Center Director, play the piano and organ for church, and am on the Boy Scout committee. I took piano lessons for 8 months when I was 9 years old. Through service in church, help from my Heavenly Father, (and much torture to quite a few folks the first couple of years) I improved greatly and have been playing for many church meetings for the past 45 years. I have also served in the community by being the PTA president several times and volunteering. I try to be a good example to others and to live and keep the covenants I have made in the temple. The hymns and beautiful music strengthen my testimony and give me courage and faith to endure.