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Hi I'm Bree

I love to travel, enjoy vegetarian cuisine, and am constantly reading. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My fascination with the diversity present in our colourful world fuels me to live a life without boundaries. I've spent time as a farmer, raising replacement heifers and hogs; I've spent time as a traveler, living in Russia, backpacking through Palestine, Egypt, and Turkey, and relaxing in Australia; I've spent time as an athlete, competing on the High School basketball team; I've spent time as an academic, wrestling with the triangle of Pascal and the practicality of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Currently I spend time as a student studying Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic, as a daughter, sister, and friend, and as a perpetually curious seeker, always looking for more adventures to try on for size.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 19 years old, and the only member of my family to do so. I feel as though it is almost impossible to use only words in describing "why I am a Mormon", because the depth and beauty of the statement, to me, seems to need colours and music and dancing and warmth all wrapped up into one package for true explanation and understanding. I chose to to leave my Protestant faith because there was always a hole buried deep within my understanding. There were few answers (almost all of which were argued between the separate sects of Protestantism) and a lack of clarity. When I first met with missionaries (at that time, not out of interest in conversion, simply, as a Theology major, out of academic curiosity), I found the explanation of the pre-existence to be both enthralling, logical, and it would turn out, the first piece to patch up that hole which my previous faith had left unfulfilled. I loved the people in those churches I attended--I still love them--but I also saw a sort of erosion of Biblical principles at times. When I attended services at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I saw and felt something different. After a year of struggling with what I believed, I finally joined the LDS church--much to the relief of my tired and grateful heart. When I stopped fighting the truth and the spirit filled every cavity of my body, I felt the purest joy ever imaginable. Finally I found myself resting in the hands of my Heavenly Father, who loved me in ways that are much richer than the arguments or words I had been surrounding myself with that year; he loved me with pure, true, holy, tangible, yet intangible love.

How I live my faith

I attempt to live out my faith in every breath I take. I've heard before that even doing a load of laundry can be a glorification of God, if done with the right spirit! I struggle with this a bit, but I do the best that I can. Aside from this, I also live out my faith when I am able to visit teach sisters in the church. Together we talk about things from the scriptures and how we might be able to implement them in our lives. We bake cookies for each other and make sure we have all our needs (emotional, physical, spiritual, et cetera) taken care of. I love the girls and women that I visit teach because being able to be completely transparent with our lives and problems is what really brings us closer to each other, closer to God, and ultimately, closer to love and joy.

What is faith?

Faith is beautiful. Faith is warm, trusting, and honest. Faith is educated and powerful. Faith is reasonable and beyond reason. Faith is basic, yet complex. Faith is glorious. Faith is hope. Faith is the LDS church. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

The answer to this question is one of my favourite things which I noticed about the church straight away. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is very Biblically minded about these issues. When you visit an LDS church you will find people of all backgrounds coming to worship, fellowship, repent, learn, and grow together. In order to be respectful to both our Father in Heaven, as well as each other, we like to dress appropriately. Coming to church is not about making a fashion statement, it is about focusing and realigning our lives with the Lord so our clothes are modest and do not reveal more skin, than say if you were to visit your new in-laws for the first time. Proverbs 31:25 says that the wife of noble character "is clothed with strength and dignity" and I like to remember this when I'm getting ready for church. Similarly, holidays in the LDS church are not about what people think of you (and how you look or what buy for them, or other worldly concerns) but about the Biblical significance of the celebration. We celebrate the same Christian holidays that you are probably familiar with such as Christmas and Easter, and we like to make these family affairs. Families are really important in the Church so on these holidays especially we like to be able to reach out and celebrate the miracles of our Saviour together with the ones we love. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Spending an entire year investigating the church (and moving through three different cities!) means that I met a LOT of different missionaries! Every missionary has a different way of presenting the Gospel, but in any case, you don't have to be nervous at all! Missionaries are sometimes shy, or sometimes outgoing--they are really just like you and me. They leave their families and their schools and friends for two years to go out and "spread the good news"--news that has changed their lives for the better. You can expect that the missionaries will explain what the LDS church believes to you. This will include, who Jesus was and why we need a Saviour, who Joseph Smith was and why we needed the Church to be restored, why we have a living-day Prophet, and the plan that our loving Heavenly Father has given us to bring us salvation as well as eternal families. They will also really want to answer any questions you have or assist you with any problems you have (whether you are ill and would like a blessing to heal you, or just need somebody to unclog your kitchen drain!). Make sure if you have questions or are confused about something that they say, that you ask them more about it, and also spend some time reading and praying over the question; all of these things will help bring you more light and understanding. Yesterday my friend told me that in the scriptures it says that sometimes God has blessings and enlightenment that he is just waiting to pour down upon us--we just have to ask! Show more Show less