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Hi I'm Brooke

I'm a teacher, a creative up-and-coming cook, a runner and a wife to a good man. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I studied Biochemistry at Brigham Young University--and fell in love with learning. I am amazed by the intricate detail of how everything in the world around me works. I love teaching and sharing my knowledge with others. I married my sweet husband in college and together we embrace a passion for music, adventurous cooking, worthwhile books and the beautiful outdoors. We said goodbye to the ski mountains of Utah to undertake a graduate program in the land of lakes at the University of Michigan. I am the youngest of six children and grew up in Southern California. I spent three years of my childhood living abroad in Brussels, Belgium. All six kids are now married (most with kids of their own) and my parents currently serve the Church full time in South Africa. A runner since the age of 12, I enjoy long distance running and participating in races occasionally. I have spent most of my life playing harp and piano, and have recently figured out the guitar. I sing, I run, I snuggle, I laugh, I get stressed, I forget to make the bed, I cry sometimes (and eat chocolate too), I dance to happy music, I pray, and all in all, I am grateful for the life I have been blessed with.

Why I am a Mormon

Our faith is one of love. My family and I support each other and love each other because ultimately, we love our Heavenly Father. I know I am His dear child and that those around me are His children as well. If He loves them as much as I know He loves me, I have a responsibility to reach out and lift everyone I come in contact with. The Savior loved those he served while he walked on the earth 2000 years ago. He loves every one of God's children. Because He loves us, he physically suffered for our sins and felt every pain we will feel in this life. Because of His love, we have hope: we can repent, we can change and we can become better. What a beautiful thought to know that such infinite love exists! I am a Mormon because I know my Heavenly Father loves me. I am a Mormon because I know every day I can become better through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I want to be with my family forever, even when this earth life is over.

How I live my faith

As a teen, living my faith seemed like a simple "to-do" list. But our faith is not just about "doing." Living and doing are not synonymous. Living is doing things with a purpose and fixed resolution. As I have matured, graduated from college and married, I realized that living my faith means approaching life and my daily doings with continuous hope and positivity. Everything might not be according to what I had planned: the new job may not work out or our planned timeline for having a family may have some setbacks. But we can start and end each day with gratitude and hope for better days ahead. This hope comes from our Savior and from knowing that he made it possible for us to keep trying again and again to be better. Each day, I live my faith by expressing my gratitude to Heavenly Father in prayer. I live my faith by searching the scriptures for guidance in my problems. I live my faith by trying to be a kind and thoughtful wife--and recognizing when I fall short and how I can do better. I live my faith when I choose to let go of my doubts and fears and trust that all will be well ahead.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I'm a Biochemist, which means I study how the genetic material in our bodies properly codes for the body's functions. The more I study the intricate pathways and the thousands upon thousands of different molecules, the more I realize that there is a God. Our body is a flawless, perfectly organized machine: it can take care of itself, self-regulate, self-repair, communicate, observe, move, think, and feel both physically and emotionally. The acidic environment created in our moving muscles enables transporters to release there the much needed oxygen. The mucus secretions line and protect our stomachs, while the acid secretions enable intense chemical breakdown of food. Our heart beats autonomically and tiny bones in our ears vibrate and transmits the sound waves captured by the outer ear. Our bodies are incredible. And only a master creator, He who had a perfect body himself, could make something so perfect. Show more Show less