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Hi I'm BrodieLynn

I'm a wife, a daughter, a mom, a foster mom, and a bleeding heart. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To tell you who I am, I have to start by telling you that I am almost everything I never thought I wanted to be. I wanted to go to grad school, be a therapist, make a difference in the world by saving one teenager at a time, and then maybe possibly get married and have a child or two. But I didn't end up going to grad school. At the age of 30, I am now a mother of 5 children under the age of 8. I feel like I have turned into exactly what I tried for so many years to fight. Now after all that rambling, I have to make it very clear that I am very, extremely overwhelmingly happy. I feel out of control and insecure, and yet it has taught me so much about my inner-strengths and about relying on others. I have learned SO much from the way things have turned out for me. I will go to grad school one day. I am and will continue to make a difference in the world. But right now my job is to make a difference by raising my little family in a way that they too can make a difference.

Why I am a Mormon

In terms of my feelings about church, I just don't have all the right words. It is so frustrating for me to have so many emotions and opinions and not have the words to express it correctly. I am incredibly devoted to my religion. I am overwhelmingly indebted to my Heavenly Father who is my everything. I attend my church and I follow the teachings that they offer because I agree with them. And because my life works out better when I make the choices they encourage me to make. I like to think that I (and millions of other individuals) define my religion, and not that it defines me. It has molded me, influenced me, and motivated me. I want to be viewed as an individual with my individual thoughts and opinions. And being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints helps me to be just that.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have learned to live my faith by doing just that. Living it. I am who I am. And I never stray from that. I am known as the goody-two-shoes at work. And people love it about me. And the best part is that people usually respect it about me. I am not afraid to be the one to tell someone that their music isn't really appropriate or that their language could be a little better. And I don't even usually have to say those things out loud. People notice that I am different. They notice that I don't use certain language or that I don't talk about certain things, and they start to change their behavior out of respect for my values. I like thinking that in a really simple way I make the people around me better. Not by changing or chastising them. But by being genuine and loving friend. Another way I feel like I live my faith is by viewing people as Heavenly Father does. I spend a lot of time being cautious about people or trying to figure out why they act the way they do. But at the end of the day their choices are their choices and my choice is to love unconditionally. My husband and I have gotten to work in two different treatment centers and also gotten to do foster care in our home. Whenever I find myself sad or angry or judging, I just look at the situation I am faced with. When you choose to proceed with love then it's nearly impossibly to make the wrong choice. And when you remember that EVERYONE is a Child of God, then it is easy to always treat them with the love and respect that they deserve. Love really does conquer all.