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Hi I'm Brooke

I'm an engineer, a writer, a musician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved from Utah to Florida to do my Bachelor's of Science at the Florida Institute of Technology. In December 2015, I graduated with a degree in Space Sciences and a degree in Physics, along with these life-building experiences/awards: two years as president of the Society of Physics Students, two summer internships, the Outstanding Senior of the Physics and Space Sciences department award, member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Societies, and a job in Orlando as a systems engineer. My more serious hobbies include writing and playing the clarinet. I have finished a rough draft of my first novel, a sci-fi fantasy thriller, but have been writing for many years, as well as reading and editing numerous other stories for diversity and flexibility in my own writing. I started playing the clarinet in 4th grade, and haven't been able to stop since. In high school, I was in concert band, summer band, pep band, and marching band, and was chosen as my high school's Music Sterling Scholar my senior year and received the John Phillip Sousa award for my participation throughout the years. Right after graduation, I joined the Utah Ambassadors of Music and toured Europe, spreading music across cultures as part of a band and choir. I continued with wind ensemble in college, where I began teaching myself the oboe in addition to clarinet. I also play piano when the mood strikes, and have been in some kind of choir since 4th grade, as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out as a Mormon because that's what church my mom took me to. But then one day I read a scripture in the Book of Mormon that changed my life--"But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever. And he who is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him" (Moroni 7:47). When I read that, I suddenly felt the overwhelming love God has for all of us. When we are charitable to our fellow man, we are showing the pure love of Christ. If we can find it in ourselves to think of others, to help when we can, then we are being Christ-like. I took this to heart, and it has never left me. It reminds me we are all His children and He cares for each and every one of us. A few years later I heard a quote that has stuck with me, and I use it as a motto: "Who am I to judge because you sin differently than me?" I love this because it reinforces the need for all of us to love and accept others for who they are, no matter their faults. Everyone lives in sin while here on Earth, and it is not up to any of us to judge another because of how they choose to live. God is the only fair judge. Instead, our job is to love and forgive everyone, to emulate in our everyday lives the love God feels for us all. And when we sin, Christ's Atonement is there for us to seek forgiveness. He felt all the sins of the world in the garden of Gethsemane, so he knows each of our unique situations. He knows how we feel, the challenges we face, and the comfort we need in order to get through our trials. I don't want to imagine my life without my Heavenly Father's aide. I know I wouldn't be nearly as successful or happy if He wasn't there to help me. Yes, I will face trials--that's a part of life. Nothing is going to get rid of that. The difference is when times get rough, I have someone I can turn to who will always be there, and who loves me enough to care even about the smallest of my problems. That is why I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have always tried to live by example. How would I be able to take Christ's name upon me, call myself a Christian and a disciple, if I didn't strive to follow His teachings? So I attend church every week to take the Sacrament, I read my scriptures every day, I pray morning and night, I attend church activities when possible, and I try to be kind, forgiving, compassionate, truthful, and patient in all my endeavors. I also accept any calling (aka job or duty) extended to me by our leaders. In Young Women's (the LDS church's group for girls 12-18 years old), I was in the presidency for six years, which meant I helped plan activities for the girls. In college, I was the Young Single Adult (YSA) representative for our ward (aka congregation), meaning I planned activities for our ward YSAs, helped plan events for the stake YSAs (a stake is a group of LDS wards, if you didn't know), prepared lessons, and tried to help any of the YSAs who may have needed it. Now I have been called as the Relief Society Visiting Teaching Coordinator for girls in our ward doing the College Program with Disney, which is a little scary because it's such a bigger group than anything I've done before, but I'm also excited for the opportunity, and I know Heavenly Father will help me do the best I can! As I strive to live God's commandments, I want to show others that it is ok to dare to be different, that you don't always have to follow the crowd. I avoid taking things such as caffeine or alcohol to take care of my physical body, and I avoid excessively violent, sexual, or vulgar settings to take care of my spiritual well-being. I hope through my example others will be able to see it's possible to be happy by living righteously. If all of us can try to be less selfish and think of others, we can all make the world a happier place!