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Hi I'm Brooke

I love the mountains and running. I'm studying Biology and want to become a Physician Assistant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying Biology and hoping to go to school after graduating to become a Physician Assistant. I love running and have run two half marathons. This past year I took up skiing, which helps get me through snowy winters. I also love reading and especially love anything written by C.S. Lewis, classic novels, and nonfiction. My family are all big baseball fans, so the San Francisco Giants are close to my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I have grown up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, my life has been better guided by a desire to follow the Lord at certain times than others. I still have struggled with always acting on the principles I've been taught in the church. But at the times where the gospel and Jesus Christ are the foundation for my thoughts, desires, and actions, I feel so much better than the times when I try to rely on myself. After experiencing the peace and hope that I feel when I live with Christ at the center of my life, I feel empty without it. I am a Mormon because I know that nothing else can substitute the love and purpose that the gospel gives my life. Being a member of the church has given me a testimony of my Savior. I know that He has immeasurable love for every single one of us and that His Atonement is the only means by which we can be perfected and return to live with our Heavenly Father. I follow Christ because He is the reason I have any hope and has given me an outpouring of His love and mercy every time I have relied on His Atonement. I love the Prophet so much and have such a strong feeling every time he and the Apostles speak that he speaks the words of God. In my own conversion and personal attempts to follow Christ, nothing has helped me more than the Book of Mormon. Reading it brings a spirit into my life that I haven't ever found from any other source, and I have had a witness of its truth after praying to know that it came from God. I love the blessings in my life that come from being a Mormon. The more I think about the church, the more blessings I see--the temple, eternal families, the Restoration, and so many other things. After finding out the truth of the gospel for myself, I wouldn't be able to live a life without it. It's no longer just my religion, it's a part of who I am.

How I live my faith

Having a knowledge of the truth of the gospel is only a part of being converted. What's equally as important is how you choose to live your life because of it. I try to live my faith by serving those around me, both in our church and outside of it. I try to help raise others' hopes and ambitions by letting them know the potential they have and sharing my testimony. Learning about Christ and being truly converted to his gospel and teachings makes individuals' lives begin to look like the Savior's life. I have a long way to go in accomplishing this, but I try to let my actions be guided by the attributes that were the foundation for the Savior's actions. I actually am experiencing a big change in the way I live my faith soon, since I'm about to leave to serve a mission for the Church. In this capacity, I will be trying to find people who are interested in hearing about the gospel, and inviting as many people as I can to come unto Christ and rely on him to experience true and lasting conversion.