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Hi I'm Bridget

I am a native Minnesotan who loves cats, Harry Potter, DIY projects, and the Gospel!

About Me

I am the youngest of four children, and my siblings are some of my best friends. My parents are adult converts who raised us in the LDS Church. Because I have a passion for caring for others, especially children, I am currently working on my undergraduate degree in hopes of eventually becoming a Certified Child Life Specialist. I spent a beautiful year and a half of my life serving a full-time mission in the countries of Albania and Kosovo. I love the unique perspectives that come from living in an area of the world entirely different from what I am accustomed to, and I hope to be able to go back someday soon to visit the people and places I love there. I find great joy in figuring out how to improve myself and my environment. It is not uncommon for me to get inspired from something I see online and have a sudden urge to sew a craft or try out a new recipe. I am thankful daily that I have a loving husband who supports me in my sometimes scattered ideas and projects. I have discovered repeatedly in my life that an acceptance and tolerance of people and things different from ourselves will bring us the most peace in this life. Thank goodness that God did not create us each to be the same. Variety is essential for us to find beauty in this life. I believe that the world is a better place because there are so many unique souls that inhabit it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I cannot live a single day without my Savior, Jesus Christ. Everything in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints points our minds and hearts back to Him. Since the city I grew up in had only a 1% Mormon population, I had to learn young what it meant to be a member of this Church. Everyone around me, teachers, friends, classmates, etc. held me to a high standard. Every day, I try to be a little better and shine a little brighter. I am a Mormon because nothing brings me more peace than the knowledge that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me, a Brother who spent His life setting an example for me and died to bring me Home someday, and the Spirit to testify of all these things.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life as a Latter-Day Saint, I have had numerous opportunities to serve. In doing so, I have received a much higher happiness than I otherwise would have, as service brought me closer to others. Some of the callings I have had include ward organist, pianist, youth leader, and activities coordinator. Though serving through the Church is wonderful, I have also found much joy in serving within my community. I love getting out there and finding something to do with my hands. Getting some dirt on me and performing a difficult task is my idea of a day well-spent. I have found that the most important way I can live my faith is by giving others my TIME. As a married college student, I have very little of it, but that's what makes it so valuable to me and those I am blessed to serve. I am also a returned missionary from the Adriatic South Mission (covering the countries of Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia). Giving of myself for that year and a half was perhaps the greatest testament of my faith so far in my life.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Not all Mormons are required to serve missions. Young men are strongly encouraged to do so after they have reached a minimum age of 18 years old and are no longer in high school. This option is also open to young women, beginning at age 19. A mission is a time for a man or woman to set aside his/her education, career, and other life goals for a short period of 18 months (for women) or 24 months (for men) in order to share their love of Jesus Christ and His Gospel. Missionaries come from all over the world and are sent wherever the Lord calls them. They receive their official letter of where they will serve from the current Prophet. Among young missionaries today, there are approximately the same number of men and women being called into service. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is an adventure. For me, it provides a feeling of security and belonging. Where I grew up, only about 1% of my peers were Mormon, but those who were are the ones I still keep in close contact with today. We stick up for each other and have great comfort in knowing that we are all striving each and every day to reach the same goal: returning home to our loving Heavenly Father. I have many friends that are not Mormon as well. They are good examples to me of kindness and Christian behavior, just like my Mormon friends. Occasionally, I run across someone who is very opposed to my Faith, but I have found that as long as I am living my standards to the best of my ability and acting as a disciple of Christ, they eventually respect me for what I believe, even if they do not agree with it. Being a Mormon is also a lot of work. We are usually very involved in church activities throughout the week as well as our regular meetings on Sundays. We give service whenever possible and will look for just about any excuse to get together and just have fun. Our lives are busy, but are filled with joy and blessings. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

As a returned missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I can tell you that there are many reasons why we proselyte. But in reality, they all boil down to the fact that we want the entire world to have a knowledge of God's and Christ's love for them. We want to share what brings us the most joy in this life. We are not required to serve missions, but I cannot think of a better way to love my fellow men. Christ didn't teach only for the people of His time, He taught for all to learn and grow. His Atonement is infinite and eternal. It can bring peace to every single soul who has ever and will ever live on this earth. I serve because I want to share that gift of knowledge and peace that I have received with everyone. Show more Show less