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Hi I'm Brookie

I'm a wife of 40 years, a mother of 5 children, a retired teacher, a writer, and a person who loves to laugh. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest joys and my deepest sorrows have come from being a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a mother-in-law, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a friend. With my husband of 40 years, I have 5 children. I thought I would know no greater joy than when our first child, a son, was born. But 27 years later that same golden child took his own life. Suicide destroys many besides the one who dies. My husband and I were very blessed to get to the other side of this horrific event stronger as a couple when so many marriages are ruined by a child's untimely death. Our other 4 children "acted out" in various, individual ways...all destructive in the beginning. One changed his name and left the family and the church. One sought comfort in drugs. One floundered recklessly in the wind. And one took on the role of "fixer," making sure no one in her circle of relationships ever got depressed or unhappy. But through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and a loving Heavenly Father, 3 of the 4 are back on solid ground and happily married with children of their own being raised in the Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Arizona town I was raised in was, at the time, a small city of between 35-50, 000 people, with a mainly Mormon population. Now that same town is 500,000 and no longer predominantly LDS. As anyone who stays active and committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these savage times must do, I had to find my own testimony of the Mormon Church, and I did so a various times and under varying situations in my life. I'm a Mormon because I know God lives. I know He loves me...not just the cumulative "us," but me, individually. I know He listens to my prayers and answers them. I know He wouldn't leave us alone to figure out life on our own. He has sent prophets in every dispensation, including this one. We, as His children, have a prophet that lives today. This prophet communes with God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, His Son in order to lead His people to paths that will keep them safe and happy. As I have followed these protected paths, I have found peace in the storms I've faced in life; I've found joy in repentance, service, and traditional family life. I'm a Mormon because through the power of the Holy Ghost it has been manifested to me that God's Priesthood has been restored to the earth. Through that Priesthood, the power to act in the name of God, I have been healed, calmed, directed, and blessed in many, many ways. I'm a Mormon because after reading The Book of Mormon, I was given a strong testimony of its truthfulness and divine origin. Being a Mormon gives me peace and joy and strength in purpose.

How I live my faith

Currently, I live my faith by supporting my husband as he leads a congregation of young single adults. We love attending and participating in their activities and Sunday meetings. I teach a class to help them prepare to marry in the temple for time and eternity. In the past I have organized and lead activities for women, youth, and children in my church. I have worked in Scouting. My husband and I worked with our city's fire department to put together and present a Preparedness Fair that was open to the public and offered wonderful help to the community. I live my faith by trying to live a life of cheerfulness and friendliness to all I meet or work with or associate with. I can honestly say I am not racially or religiously biased. I try to live a life that will represent my faith in Jesus Christ.