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Hi I'm Brittney Cruz

I'm a writer, a linguist, a Rebel, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated from Ole Miss with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Navigating life after university has proved difficult, but it has given me a greater appreciation of the gospel and an understanding of the Lord’s timing. As I struggled to figure out where I belong, I only focused on my inadequacies. Finally, two loving sister missionaries were guided by the Spirit to console me. My testimony was strengthened, my prayers were answered, and I knew where I belonged. I am now preparing to serve an 18-month mission in Provo, Utah for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The sisters’ words came from the Spirit and reminded me that I am a Child of God and a Daughter of a King; I should have been treating myself as such. I cannot wait to serve a mission and show my dedication to our loving Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

In Mississippi, most everybody you meet is a faithful and diligent servant of God. In college, I became friends with people hailing from all different spheres of Christianity. I went to church with them sometimes, but it always felt like something was missing. They would “rock out” to God with guitars and head-banging. I felt uncomfortable. My mother noticed that I didn’t really like the churches I was attending so she contacted her brother, who was investigating the Mormon church. He suggested that she and I also look into it. My mother did and soon missionaries knocked on our door. When I went to church with them, an aching emptiness had been relieved. I felt the Holy Spirit. I was baptized three months later. I was never met with opposition in joining the church. My close friends and family supported me every step of the way and my mother was even baptized with me. It has been a peaceful transition and I have even gained a new family in the church along the way: I consider all my sisters and brethren at my home ward to be my tight-knit family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing. To know the gospel and to be a part of the true church is a safe harbor in this world. It brings me a sense of security. I try to let everybody feel this same peace through sharing my testimony and never being afraid to stand up for what I believe in. If somebody doubts the existence of a Heavenly Father, I invite them to look back on the tiny wonders that have happened in their lives and that continue to happen in this world. They may not have happened in one great, awe-inspiring miracle, but instead they occur in small bursts of what one might call “luck.” It’s not luck: it’s God and the faithful stewardship of the Holy Ghost. Whenever I feel unsure of something, I study the scriptures. Within these blocks of text, there is real and true advice from Heavenly Father. If I have a question or am confused, I turn to the scriptures and am able to find an answer.