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Hi I'm Brenda

I grew up in Yorkshire, England. I am a writer. I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a wife and mother of four children. They are all grown now, but I am blessed to have them all live near me. I love to craft and particularly enjoy sewing and paper crafts, such as scrapbooking and cardmaking. I have been an avid reader since I was tiny and I have been a writer for just as long. I have written several books. My first was published two years ago. I also enjoy mentoring other writers and volunteer as a mentor 2 or 3 times a year for an online writing community.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Christian family and attended The Church of England for many years. I came across the church when I was 20 years old and was baptised. That was many decades ago and I have never faltered in my testimony that this is the true church to which the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in its entirety. I often think of those first 20 years when I was out on the ocean of the world, being tossed to and fro, with no rudder to guide me. In contrast I strongly believe that I have been brought into a safe harbour. Here I have firm principles to guide my step. Principles that don't change with the wind of public opinion but remain firm and true to their roots. Here I am safe. Here I am loved. Here I am protected. I have no idea why I have been so blessed. Why out of billions of His children the Lord gave me the privilege and opportunity to live my mortal life in the safe confines of His gospel. I only know I have to work hard to be the best I can be, that my life may count for something. That when I stand before the Lord in that Final Judgement He will hopefully say, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant." I am grateful for my knowledge of the gospel. I am grateful for the scriptures which I have studied deeply over these intervening decades and which have only taught me with more surety that this is the true church; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am grateful for every blessing which the Lord has bestowed upon me. I love my Saviour and am grateful for His atoning sacrifice. I love the Book of Mormon and testify that it is the word of God. I am thankful for my membership in His church and proudly declare, I am a Mormon!

How I live my faith

My family is the most important thing in my life. Next is my membership in the church which gives a foundation to our lives together. One of the highlights of my life was serving as a missionary to the people of Ecuador before I married. Working amongst people whose lifestyles are so basic yet whose faith is so strong taught me everything I needed to know about how I wished to live my life from then on. I live in comfortable circumstances but am always grounded in what things are most important in life. Being a good wife, mother, friend and neighbour are more important to me than surrounding myself with material things. I am very privileged at the moment to work with a group of Slovaks who have recently moved to England. They speak little English, but like the people of Ecuador, what they lack in possessions they make up for in humility and faith. I am assigned to work with the young children aged 3 -11 and they are a delight. I am also in charge of co-ordinatiing any welfare needs they may have and am often inundated with donations from other members of the church in my area.