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Hi I'm Brooke

I am a leader of young women and teenager at heart. I am an army widow and single mom. I am an adrenalin junkie and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Somehow, someway, I am lucky enough to be the mother of one of the cutest, smartest, funniest, and most sensitive little girls out there. I love being a mom more than anything in the world. I spend most of my days playing tea-party, reading mountains of picture books, and helping her put puzzles together. I am 29 years old, a single parent, and she is my whole life. My husband was a brand new Physician Assistant in the United States Army when we married. A year and a half later we welcomed our daughter into the world. He had 5 amazing weeks to spend with her until he was deployed to Afghanistan. 5 weeks after that I received word that he he had been killed while on a humanitarian medical mission to treat cholera in a neighboring village. While this fact is a large part of me, it is not all of me. I went to school to be an American History teacher and have loved my time in the classroom. There is something so exciting about helping people, especially teenagers, discover new ideas and truths. When I am not playing with my daughter you can find me reading just about anything I can get my hands on. In contrast to that, I am a complete adrenalin junkie at heart. I have loved learning to surf (if you can call what I was doing surfing), skydiving, bungee jumping, running marathons and anything else that will get my heart going. You name the challenge and I will be there.

Why I am a Mormon

To begin with, I am Mormon because my parents were Mormon, their parents were Mormon and so on and so forth. But that only explains how I came to be one. The reasons why I continue to follow my religion run much deeper. The best answer that I can give is illustrated well by a quote I heard once from Abraham Lincoln. He said "When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion". When I am following the teachings of our church, I can see and feel the effects that it has on my happiness and state of mind. That is my evidence, my proof. It certainly has not saved me from trial or heartache, but as those things come in my life, I know that I have an anchor, my Savior Jesus Christ. That gives me perspective and teaches me that everything I do and experience is bringing me closer to God and making me more like Him. I am a Mormon because in this religion I find the peace of mind that comes from the promise of an eternal family. I thank my Heavenly Father every day for the blessing and opportunity my husband and I had to be married in one of His holy temples. God has promised us that the power with which we were married there has the ability to unite our family after death as we do our best to become like Jesus Christ. THAT is priceless. I am a Mormon because I have felt the quiet whisperings of the Holy Ghost telling me that it is true. I can remember this gentle power in my life from the time I was a small child, through struggles in my teenage years, as I taught others as a missionary for my church, and finally as I have faced and conquered the biggest fear I could ever have, losing my husband. This gospel has helped me to truly live.

How I live my faith

I live my faith on a day to day basis by just trying to be the best person I can be. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes I fall short. I feel a lot of motivation to continually improve because of my job in our church. I am the president of the Young Women's organization (for girls ages 12-18). I get to teach, entertain, and enjoy friendships with 30 of these young girls. More than anything, I want to be someone that they can look to for an example. I feel like it is a sacred trust and privilege to lead them, and I would never want to let them down. I grow stronger everytime I get to teach them a lesson on obedience, Christlike service, or prayer. I am energized as we play sports together, learn homemaking skills, or just laugh together and eat popcorn. Though I am their leader, its all pretty selfish. I am the one coming away a better person.