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Hi I'm Brittany (Bernhart) Garcia

I am a Counselor in Training in Idaho. I am a wife & puppy mom. I am a convert to the LDS church, I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a masters of counseling student in Idaho, on the clinical mental health track. I received a bachelors degree in Psychology after taking time off of school to serve a mission in Mexico City. I have been a member of the church since October 2012, and has become a solid foundation to everything good in my life. In 2016 I married my husband in the temple and started a new adventure. Aside from working and college, most of my free time goes to spending time outdoors (when its warm) with my dog, and getting involved in my school and community. Both professionally and not, I am extremely intersted in other cultures, increasing social justice and advocacy efforts. To pay my way through school, I am one of those door to door sales girls, which is how I found the LDS church. After joining the church on my own, & thinking I was the first in the fam, I discovered that I am a great, great granddaughter of President Willford Woodruff and many other early church pioneers through my love of family history work which has been a huge inspiration for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I chose to be happy. I did sales with some Mormons. In my last couple weeks I started to get curious and ask about LDS beliefs. These people became my best freinds & I went to church my last weekend to show that I thought it was cool that thats a part of their lives... that's it. But, I loved it. I went home and opened the Book of Mormon, then prayed sincerely for the first time in years. I felt love and peace from the Spirt like I've never experienced. The next morning I woke up with so much inspiration and general clarity about my life. I woke up and could see that everything bad that has ever happened had to happen for me to end up on the other side of the country with these people finding this right here. I was so thankful for everything positive and negative that has ever come into my path. Everyday I feel the spirit in my heart even more; I learn and understand more; I meet more people that are like family and I just find more truths and revelations. I just know that compared to our eternal plan, everything else is just so insignificant and although I hardly believed in anything two months ago, I now would do anything to help people find the Lord and this restored Gospel and Church. I am LDS because I know that we have a prophet sent from God. I know this church has the authority from God to baptize, to teach and to give the gift of the Holy Ghost, a constant companion to help us in all of our decisions, to comfort and to teach.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best to be so others can know Him through me. I love to do service for others--at school, my community & my job. I spend a lot of time preparing and performing the ordinances for the vast amount in my family that did not find this truth on earth. I live my faith by walking in it. To build knowledge and testimony, and find you have faith in the right things, it requires an action. In every decision, I think, I pray, I take a step and then I look for confirmation. I never postpone a prompting because I know the Lord asks us to do nothing without paving the way--and the more I do that, the more proof I have in the truth of that. Likewise, the actions I take in learning and practicing this gospel, doctrine, etc... it continues to be proven to me. Truth remains truth regardless of who believes in it or takes advantage of it. I am always studying the things I don't understand and asking for the perspectives and knowledge of others. There is always more to know, more to experience and more to share.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Brittany (Bernhart) Garcia
The Holy Ghost has been a daily part of my life, essentially taking part in everything since my baptism. For one, it has been a teacher. The Holy Ghost helps me understand and connect thoughts when I am listening or reading the scriptures. I recieve impressions and thoughts that help me know how to interperate things. The Holy Ghost shows truth. When you want to know the truth about anything, all you have to do is ask with sincerity, faith and intent. The Holy Ghost will give you the feeling of knowing something without any doubt. Its like a lightbulb effect; you suddenly recognize something is true as if its something you've always known. THe Holy Ghost is comfort. It is an overwhelming feeling of love and support. It can tell you everything is okay, or that you have done well, or really anything through the thoughts and impressions that come to you. It is just a solid peace that cannot be replicated. The gift of the Holy Ghost is something you recieve at baptism. At this point, you can feel it constantly in every decision as long as you are living the way you should. However, before baptism you can recieve the same feelings when praying and reading scripture, so that you can tell what things are true and false and what to do. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brittany (Bernhart) Garcia
Mormons are Christians. A Christian is simply one who belives in Jesus Christ and His teachings, which we do. As the first one to investigate the church from my family, one of the first objections I recieved is "they don't even believe in Jesus!" I was directed to 3 Nephi 10. With that, I think a lot of the assumptions that we are not Christians, among other things, are just over misunderstandings. The things that we believe and do come from God. God the father, the Holy Ghost, and the son-Jesus Christ. We look throughly into Christ's actions and directions and strive to become more like him. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Brittany (Bernhart) Garcia
Being a Mormon is being happy. It takes a lot of time to go from no faith to being Mormon because your life becomes a little bit occupied with prayer, scripture reading, church, institute.. etc. However, the blessings and joy recieved from these thigns are certainly recognizable and worth it without question. This is one difference that really streinghtened my faith in the Church. I had previously attended a different kind of church and found it super easy to just not go. I was very often too "busy" to attend Sacrament and Sunday School... and with that came the decrease of my time in prayer and scripture reading. When I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I fell in love with Church and the lasting feelings of peace and joy it brought me. Going to Church and other LDS activities like Family Home Evening and such are now my best thing. Before, if anyone asked if I was generally happy, most of the time I would have said yes and believed it. I wasn't looking for God, or a religion. You don't know what you are missing until you find it and now I could never imagine living life without the peace, inspiration and revelation that I have in my life now. Nor without all the family like friends and support I have recieved through the Church. I lived almost twenty years not really knowing what true happiness is, and nothing can create that exact feeling save it be God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Brittany (Bernhart) Garcia
Everything around me tells me there is a God. When I'm under the stars or up in the mountains, really anywhere in nature and taking the time to appreciate it, then it is pretty hard not to. However, I look more to my own testimony. I look at the things that I have just known or felt were the truth. I may not have seen Christ or the Holy Ghost, but feelings are real. In the Book of Alma it talks about how one can say that there is no proof so it is foolish to believe. Well, my proof is my testimony, this world, my existence.. and those who don't believe, what proof can they show me? None at all. Being a convert to this gospel I could go on forever about the changes in my life and the way things have worked out better since I took that step of faith. I have become so much more blessed & happy. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Brittany (Bernhart) Garcia
A testimony is an account of things one knows to be true. They know, because the Holy Ghost has expressed it to them. Church members should strive to have a testimony that our Heavenly Father loves us, that Christ is his living son whom carried out the Atonement, a testimony of pphrophet Joseph Smith and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church restored. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Brittany (Bernhart) Garcia
Life on earth has a lot of benefits to the children of God. It is through being born physically that we receive a body, and that body will be with us in a perfected form in heaven. We have the opportunity to use our agency (our own choices) and use that to show faith and love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We will gain experience that we can use later on. We learn that what we learn here will be magnified and useful after this life, and those who learn more have a great advantage. The main reason is to establish the eternal principle of the family. This allows us to bring others into the world, form lasting loving relationships, raise children in a loving environment and with a helpful structure and to find joy. To have support, love and companionship. We leave this earth having gained all these things with the opportunity to live with them and our Father in Heaven in joy. Show more Show less