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Hi I'm Brooke Bertoldo

Colorado girl, marathon runner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently going to college at Brigham Young University, studying Exercise and Wellness. I love weightlifting, running, hiking, and I am a certified personal trainer and CrossFit instructor. I've run 6 marathons and 2 ultra marathons...I've learned a lot about discipline of the mind and body and my own strength as I pushed myself to my threshold. I also love to cook by creating my own healthy recipes and sing. I'm the 2nd oldest out of 8 children so it's always a party at my house! Also, I am very found of frogs, dogs and laughing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am not a Mormon because I was raised this way, or because I was brainwashed and sheltered and don't know any other way. In fact, it is quite the opposite...I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I have learned it's truth and peace for MYSELF. I've put it to the test in my life, I've asked God through prayer for it's truth, I've read the Book of Mormon for myself and seen the changes and miracles it's brought into my life. Time and time again I have found answers to my most difficult questions when reading and studying the scriptures, praying, or pondering while in Church. My faith has given me strength beyond my own, inner peace, mental clarity, and deep emotional stability. I know it's true because I've lived it and I've seen the difference in my life when I am and when I'm not. My testimony has been deepened through a series of personal spiritual experiences that have both humbled me and Inspired me. I have felt my Savior's love and guidance in my life, I know He knows and loves me and I know He loves and Knows you too because He loves all His children. My faith has made me better. It's at the center of my life and my core. There is a peace in this gospel and a power that only truth can bear and this is why I have made the decision to serve a year and half mission for this church so I can share this most precious gift with others because everyone deserves to have this in their life. I am a Mormon because I have wanted to know for myself, of it's truth. I have asked through prayer, studied it out in my mind, and I have received my answer.

How I live my faith

I have always been an active member of my church. Throughout high school I attended early morning seminary before school everyday, all four years. In seminary we studied all religious texts of our church including the Bible (Old and New Testament), the Book or Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. We also studied, discussed and learned about other principles of the gospel. This class was important to me because it started my day off right, made me feel the Spirit, and kept me focused on God an Jesus Christ and helped me to be a better person each day at school. As I got older I received callings or responsibilities in Church, and served as a Sunday School teacher for young kids ages 12-14. Living my faith is much more than teaching a class in church or attending seminary however, for me, I really lived my faith by the everyday decisions I made. I don't drink or smoke, even though many tried to get me to do so in high school, I try to treat everyone I meet with kindness and respect as the Savior taught, I try to do good things and serve others. I try to live what I know and not just talk about it by saying my prayers daily, reading the scriptures, and going to church each Sunday. None of us are perfect and of course I mess up at times, but I know that in trying my best each day the Lord can make my weaknesses strengths.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brooke Bertoldo
I have done this in my life. Just ask. Pray sincerely, it takes time, be patient. When you show God that you have enough faith to ask to know if it is true and have a genuine desire to know the truth for yourself GOD WILL ANSWER YOUR PRAYER. You won't always receive an answer in a grand, dramatic way, or instantaneously, your answer might come in a way you don't expect, come a little at a time, or come later, but it will come I can promise you that. Study your questions, thoughts and feelings out in your mind before praying, pay attention to how you feel...is it peace? Is it joy? is it mental clarity, or a warmth inside you? These are all sensations I have experienced when receiving an answer or witness of the Spirit that something is true and right. When something is not right feelings of fear, doubt and panic ensue. Heavenly Father is pleased when His children seek to know the truth and strive to better themselves by seeking good, so if you pray, study the Bible or Book of Mormon, ponder, treat others with kindness and humble yourself by asking God with sincerity of heart if this gospel is true, the truth will not be withheld from you. Show more Show less