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Hi I'm Brooklyn

I grew up in Utah. I love reading, being outdoors, and being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

About Me

I was born and raised in Provo, Utah. I love music, and I've been playing piano since I was 7 years old. Throughout high school, I was part of the A Capella Choir and Girl's Concert Chorus. I was also a varsity and competition cheerleader, which was one of my favorite parts of my high school experience. I have been a lifeguard and swim lesson teacher for 4 years. I like to have a busy schedule, but when I have free time, I spend it outdoors. I love rock climbing, hiking, camping, long boarding, and every other activity that involves being outside. I just finished my first year at the University of Utah, and I'm taking a break from school to serve in the England London Mission. In addition to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I will be serving in the Hyde Park Chapel Visitors Center. I report to the Missionary Training Center on September 23, and couldn't be more excited for this next chapter in my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon church, but my experience is a little different than most people who grow up in a strong LDS community such as Provo. My parents were divorced when I was young, and they have been inactive members for most of my life. I was baptized when I was 8 years old, but my church attendance was sporadic because of my parents. I had no desire to be a part of the church. Everything changed when I turned 12 years old and had the opportunity to attend Young Women Camp. It was the first time in my life that I had felt loved by my Father in Heaven. I felt the Holy Spirit. It was gentle, yet undeniable, and I never wanted that feeling to leave me. I started attending church by myself. At first it was embarrassing, sitting alone while all the other youth sat with their families. But the blessings of going to church and the strong spirit I felt there far outweighed the feelings of discouragement because of my familial situation. I have been a devout member ever since. Being Mormon gives me a purpose in life. The world we live in can be a dreary and lonely place, and life is extremely difficult at times. But I've found so much joy in being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Through this gospel, I have developed a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven and His son, Jesus Christ. They comfort me in my trials and I can truly feel their presence. Life is hard, and everyone has different personal trials they are going through, but living this Gospel has made life possible- even fulfilling! My parents are still inactive, but I'm hoping my service as a missionary will inspire them to come back and enjoy the blessings and happiness this church has to offer. I don't know what I would do without the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I want to spend my whole life bringing people to His church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service. I love to serve the people around me. Because the LDS church does not have a paid clergy, members are voluntarily called to different positions and assignments which help the Lord's work advance and progress. I've had several different callings, each giving me the opportunity to not only serve the people around me, but personally learn and grow. I spent this past summer doing humanitarian work in Brazil. In Brazil, children with special needs don't receive government services, and their parents are often completely unequipped to deal with conditions like blindness, autism, or down syndrome. We built a center where they can go to receive physical therapy, counseling, and training on how to deal with their disabilities. Besides building the facility, we were able to interact with and help those with special needs. Though the work was hard and exhausting, it was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. I find that I am happiest when I am serving others, and that is why I've decided to serve a full-time mission. Every service opportunity I've had, be it serving people in another country or magnifying my calling in my local ward, has strengthened my relationship with my Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ. I hope to live a life full of service.