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Hi I'm Brittney

I play the saxophone and write music. I like reading, going to concerts, and practicing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying classical saxophone performance, though I'm equally at home in both classical and jazz styles. I started playing in 8th grade, after a year of clarinet experience and six years of piano. By the time I had been playing for a few years in jazz band and perfected my first classical piece, I fell in love. More than anything, I enjoy performing, recording, and touring as a member of my university's premiere jazz and concert band ensembles. I hope to continue professionally once I graduate. The friends I've made and experiences I've had in the world of music are worth every minute of practice I've put in. In my spare time, I love to read, and compose music. I also like to blog. In the realm of rare and (not so) valuable talents, I'll mention I can do a backflip on the trampoline, lick my elbow, and draw a pretty good stick figure. ;) Finding Nemo and A Little Princess are my two favorite movies, and I can quote every line. I'm a girl of ambition, and so my bucket list includes: hang-gliding, starting a flash mob, and ordering a happy meal with extra happy. My life-long goals, however, are much more important to me, and they include staying true to my faith, getting married in the temple, and raising a family in the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy, and I have seen it make so many others happy, too. :) It's as simple as that. Knowing that Heavenly Father lives and loves me, and you, is an incredible strength and blessing. I know that the Savior, Jesus Christ, truly atoned for my sins and yours, and makes it possible for us to repent and feel happy and loved. He understands every single thing I have ever gone through or ever will in the future. He is someone I can truly rely on and who I am so grateful for every day. I know that my family can be together forever, and that the trials in life and the hardships we go through are meant to test us, meant to strengthen us. As we live the gospel of Christ--having faith unto repentence, being baptized and enduring to the end--we WILL live with God again with our families and loved ones. This makes me happy. This rings true to me. This is my testimony, and this is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Every week I look forward to my Sunday Meetings, where I can visit with my friends and neighbors, spend time with family, and worship the Lord. I play the piano for my ward's choir and have done so for the past 5 years. Music brings an entirely new and beautiful dimension to worship and I love being able to be involved in my community through it. Before I came to college, I also loved gathering with the chruch's youth groups to do service, participate in team-building activities, grow my testimony, and learn new skills. Making friends and supporting my peers through these youth programs anchored my testimony during the hard and confusing junior high and high school years. It gave me something and someone to rely on, something that didn't change and that always felt good to be doing. Without the strength that I gained with the help of the scriptures and my leaders, I don't think I would be the same person I am today. I still remember and love my time spent with those youth groups, and so now as a member of my college ward, I still love participating in the both social and spiritual activities that continue to strengthen me and provide me with a refuge and an incredible support system. I try to set an example for others by keeping my standards at all times, and I especially try to keep a light about me by smiling and being happy. It makes the people around me feel good, and helps me feel good, too.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Authority is important. For example, if an ice cream truck pulled you over on the highway and tried to issue you a speeding ticket, you'd tell him to "get lost," because, as an ice cream man, he has no authority to officiate the law (only to sell ice cream). On the other hand, if an official highway patrol officer pulled you over and began to enforce the law, you would do exactly what he said, because you know he has the authority to officiate the law. The same principle exists for performing a baptism. Only those who have the proper authority can perform a baptism that will be recognized by God and merited for the salvation of your soul. In the Doctrine and Covenants, Christ says "although a man should be baptized an hundred times it availeth him nothing" if it is not performed by the proper authority. When baptism is performed by the proper authority, however, the ordinance will bring a remission of sins to that individual and be followed by the reception of the Holy Ghost, which may bring comfort, peace, and joy to the life of the recipient on a more constant basis. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

When Jesus Christ was on the earth, He taught that He came to the world to do the will of His Father in heaven. Mormons believe that while our individual roles are quite different than the Savior's (for example, His role is to redeem us, our role is to be redeemed), our purpose is the same: to do the will of our Father in heaven. Our Heavenly Father loves every one of His children, and desires us to learn the principles of living positive, uplifting, and successful lives. He desires for us to raise strong families and to make choices that will result in growing our personal character to be more like His Son, Jesus Christ. When we do our Father's will, we obtain true happiness. Show more Show less