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Hi I'm Brenda

I grew up in Alligator country - Florida, and was glad to be an example as the only "Mormon" in my school. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up during a time of innocence, when we left our doors unlocked (both the car and the home). We could leave the car with the windows down and the keys in the ignition, and go into a store with little worry of having it stolen. But, we lived 12 miles out in the country and when we came home from town, mama would always say, “...be sure and check under your beds.” (I don’t know what we would have done if there had been an intruder.) The worst we saw was our high school boys getting drunk or going out behind a tree at school to smoke; some boys were expelled from school because they got a Mohawk haircut. Getting pregnant before marriage happened, but was not very prevalent; now, it is an accepted way of life and people openly live together, have abortions, smoke, and use drugs. We have drive-by shootings, murder and pornography - it’s not safe for your children to play alone in your own yard. My generation has seen innocence and goodness turn to corruption and evil in the world, but these changes have been prophesied. I have literally seen prophesies being fulfilled. Prophesies give me a knowledge of what to look for and to know how to prepare. I am now living in those times and am glad to have lived to see these changes; it is further evidence that we have prophets and apostles in our day. I have lived at a great time; I’ve seen my children raise good families who love the Lord and have a desire to serve in the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I attended another denomination occasionally when I was a child because the nearest Latter-day Saint Church was 60 miles away. I enjoyed going to their summer school and received a certificate of attendance 2-3 times. I have chosen to be an active Latter-day Saint because this Church gives me a reason to live a good life; it gives me a reason to not put harmful substances into or on my body. I love this Church because it has a Plan and can tell me where I came from, why I am here and where I am going after I die. It has programs for every age group, which helped me raise good children. I've learned leadership skills, and organization through my activity in the church. I've learned that the Lord loves me, and that He trusts me to do the right thing, and that I am His priceless daughter. By the time I was old enough to date, my mind was made up to be married in the Temple, because I wanted my family forever - not just until "death do you part". Even though we didn't attend the Latter-day Saint Church until I was 12 years old, I can't remember when I didn't know it was true, once I started to learn.

How I live my faith

I used to play the piano and organ, but seem to always be asked to serve in leadership positions in the Church. I have worked with the youth the first half of my life; these last 30 years have been spent with adults, organizing programs and meetings for them. I have worked with my husband in church callings and we have been blessed with some wonderful ideas as we strive to do our best. We served together on a church mission to California in 2002, and met some wonderful people. What a thrill it was for me, to be able to teach them about the Lord's Plan of Happiness. At this time, my husband and I have been called as missionaries to be able to tell others about why the Church is so valuable in our lives. We will share our beliefs with others and allow them their agency to listen and learn for themselves.