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Hi I'm Brittany

I was raised on a pig farm. I am raising my own family in the big city. I have five kids--one is a foster daughter. I am a Mormon!

About Me

I have been happily married to my husband for 11 years. I stay at home with my four kids. I am the volunteer librarian at my kids' school. I love books and reading. I taught each of my older kids to read because I wanted to share my love with them. Formerly, before children, I was an elementary school teacher. I taught middle school in NYC. I also got a masters degree in Politics and Education. I am interested in improving education for all students. I also enjoy running, biking, playing flag football, German board games, a good math puzzle, volleyball, basketball, sledding, hiking, etc. I love the outdoors and being with people. I served a mission for the Mormon church when I was 21. I was asked to serve in Italy. I feel that my responsibility was to teach the Italians to believe in God again. When people would ask me what I was doing I would tell them that I was there to teach about faith God and Christ. Many people I met hadn't prayed in years and so I would challenge them to try praying again. It was so rewarding to see their eyes fill with tears and for them to hope again. This is the second most difficult thing I have done. The most difficult thing I have ever done is to foster a child. Three years ago Elisa came to our family through a miracle from God. She was desperately struggling and really needed a stable family. Luckily we were prepared to help her. It was so hard, but she is happy now--which means it was worth it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon religion. Both of my parents were as well. In my home, my parents never forced me to believe. They simply believed that I would figure things out for myself. In fact, they were a little surprised when I started to believe so strongly at such a young age. Simply put, I love God. I have prayed to Him and He has answered my prayers, multiple times. I haven't always gotten the answer I want, but He is there for me. I know He has a plan for my life. He wants me to be happy. Not immediately happy, but long-term, forever happy. Everything else boils down to this. Other things I have found to be true blessings from God are: His Son who gave His life so I can be forgiven and overcome my mistakes. His Holy Spirit which has guided me to making good choices. His Holy Scriptures which give me understanding and peace and direction. His Church which gives me a place to practice being better. I could go on and on... I am infinitely happy and blessed beyond my imagination. And I owe everything to Him.

How I live my faith

I talk to my kids about religious things all the time. I want them to find truth. I want them to see goodness everywhere. I want them to know God personally. I want them to feel things deeply, spiritually. I would feel that my life were complete if my children had a strong, intimate relationship with God and a true understanding of what Christ did for them. As a family, we read scriptures together, pray together multiple times a day, attend church together weekly, etc. But most importantly we try to serve together. We try to reach out to the poor and the needy. Once when we were walking to a park after grabbing lunch from a bagel shop, we saw a woman looking through a garbage can. I grabbed my bagel and gave it to the woman who just stared at it before tucking it away. She didn't say anything. When I returned to my kids they were silent at first, then my son whispered, "I was thinking the same thing, Mom." Currently I teach the older children (ages 10-12) at church. This is the perfect place for me and I feel it's where I am meant to be. I really connect well with these kids. I am teaching them the Old Testament this year. So far we have done all sorts of fun things. One week I brought in a "wall of Jericho" created from brownies. After walking around it multiple times and blowing our paper "horns," the wall fell down! It is so fun to experience these beautiful stories with kids who want to learn. Through the Church, I feel that I have constant opportunities to serve others. I can watch someone's kids so they can go to a doctor appointment. I can clean someone's house when they feel overwhelmed. I can offer a listening ear to someone who is distressed. I can cook a warm meal for the homeless. I feel so lucky to have these opportunities.