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Hi I'm Brenda Kay

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or "Mormon"

About Me

I live in Northern California, United States, with my husband, Patrick, and our joyous parakeet, Goldie. Between us we have 6 children and 16 grand children, one great grand child with one on the way. I love to do genealogy, researching for my ancestors, and finding out about my roots. I have a small in-home business in clothing alterations, and design. I enjoy thrift shopping and decorating my home with flea market finds, as well as crafting and re purposing. I enjoy gardening, and nature, and Photography. I enjoy reading uplifting books and magazines, especially the Church Magazines like the Ensign. I also enjoy learning about the history of progress, especially if it involves learning about an area where my ancestors lived, or a part of Society that they influenced. It helps me appreciate the efforts that went into laying the foundation of the life I now can enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in my 14th year, my family moved from So California to a "foreign land" called Utah. I had never been in that part of the U.S., but my mother was impressed by the clear blue skies and the beauty of the surroundings. It wasn't long before we were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and many wonderful friends were willing to open their hearts and welcome us into a new way of life. I received a testimony of the Book of Mormon, in my young years because it made sense. In school, as I was growing up, I learned about the discovery of the "New World" by explorers, including Christopher Columbus, and the discovery of the Native Americans. In my church attendance, while young, I learned about the Great Flood that swept all life off the earth, except for Noah, his family and the animals that were saved in the Ark, and then began life on the other side of the earth, where the Ark had landed. As my young mind began to reason, I found that there seemed to be a gap between what I learned in school, and what I learned in Church, that had to do with life as it was discovered, here on this American Continent. When I learned about the Book of Mormon, and how it was an ancient scripture about the early inhabitants of this Continent, it all made sense! I then could fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle that plagued my young mind for many years, and I was so pleased that it came into my heart the way it did. I knew for myself that what I was hearing was true. I began to understand that I was a valuable person and that the questions in my mind were valid, and that Heavenly Father loves all of His children, and the things I learned in the other churches were partly true, but I now had the beginnings of the whole truth. I wanted more. I was baptized into the church in a small font in an old church building in Parowan, Utah. My friends in Enoch, Utah were there to welcome me into my new faith. I still regard that place in Utah as the "friendliest place on Earth" but that is my opinion. It was the best place for my young mind to receive the truth and grow and develop my testimony, for a few years. At the same time, my brother, who was 9, was also baptized. My mother joined us a few months later. In the meantime, my older sister, who had stayed behind in California, was baptized by her friend, but did not divulge that until after we had become members. Cooincidence? I think not. I am sure that was the Lord's way of convincing us that what we had chosen to do was right. Shortly afterwards, the following year, my older brother, who also had stayed behind in California, desired to come home. He was intrroduced to the Gospel, and joined the church. Within a year he left for a two-year Mission to Mexico. Our family has been greatly blessed by the simple choice to move to Utah. I am grateful for that decision, and the future blessings that were unseen at that time. My life has been greatly changed for the better, as a result of that move.

How I live my faith

I am active in my church. I enjoy seeing my friends each week at Church, and visit two ladies in their homes, once a month and when I do, they make my life shine. This is called Visiting Teaching; a way to bring the gospel into people's lives in a more personal setting. We get to talk about personal accomplishments, family events and issues that may be impacting their lives. This is a way to "strengthen the feeble knees and lift the hands that hang down". I try to talk about Gospel living whenever I interact with my family, because living a certain standard helps to keep us focused on positive outcomes, especially in this difficult economical struggle. Prayer, being honest in my dealings in business, keeping the Sabbath Day holy by not shopping on Sunday or doing business on that day, and other principles that follow God's commandments are simple truths that can be easily discussed in conversations with my adult children, as well as easy teaching opportunities for my grandchildren. When I have an opportunity to work with others who are not of my faith, I share simple blessings that go hand in hand with living the gospel, because they are part of my everyday living.

In whom should we have faith?

Brenda Kay
This question has come up in my mind many times during my life, and I can honestly answer with two words: Jesus Christ. He is the only faithful, dependable, unwavering, honest, charitable person who can truly, and completely know what I need, and when I seek His comfort, I am given that which I am seeking, and I feel His direct influence in my life at all times. As I study the scriptures, and ponder the words that He taught to His Prophets and disciples, I can know how to follow His teachings in a way that will protect me from serious mistakes. Because I am human, I do make mistakes, and find myself suffering from bad choices, but I know that when Jesus Christ was on this earth, He lived and suffered far more than I could ever know, but because He died for me, I know that He knows my sufferings, and can lift me out of the depths of despair, every time I turn to Him for relief. I also know, that faith involves a partnership with God, and Jesus Christ, so I try to do all that I can to live the kind of life that will lead me to make right choices. That includes doing all that I can by learning of the different ways that I can help direct my choices, and leaning on my Lord Jesus Christ for guidance. He seems to be the only one who can direct my life, so I believe and follow as best as I can. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brenda Kay
First, learn all that you can about the church, from the correct sources. Contacting the church directly, through websites, or the Missionary program, and attending meetings to learn about the doctrine and feel the warmth of the members, would be very helpful in this endeavor. Second, after finding out as much as possible about the church, and getting to know some of its members, if you are impressed to seek out the doctrine, obtain a copy of the Book of Mormon and read it with the intent to know of it's truth, and ask questions of the Missionaries who are available to direct the earnest seeker in the right direction through the proper guidance and learning. If you really want to know what is true, prayer is a means by which we can obtain an answer direct from Heaven, because our Heavenly Father wants us to feel His love, and He will give us an answer that we can feel in our heart. It will be a warm, tender feeling that what we are reading and learning is good, and of benefit to our lives, as well as to others. When I think of how I have been blessed by this knowing, I, too, get a warm feeling in my heart, again and again. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Brenda Kay
Priesthood is the authority to act in the name of Jesus Christ under His direction, while here on earth. Since the beginning of time, from Adam until now, the priesthood authority has been directly linked to heaven through the the patriarchal lineage, passed down from father to son, or to worthy male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, by proper authority, that being one who holds the Melchizedek Priesthood. Since this is the order of things, and God is a God of order, than it stands to reason that this must be the most efficient way to bless His children through the powers of Heaven, in all aspects of Priesthood blessings, which include blessings on the sick, comfort blessings, divine callings in Church activities for serving in the church, and sealing families together for eternity. Since I am a woman, I have not desired this authority, because that privilege belongs to my husband or son. I have other privileges as a woman, such as guiding my family in temporal situations, nurturing them, and teaching others from my experiences and wisdom, as I grow individually in my life. I have the opportunity to lead and guide my family, under the direction of the leaders of the Church, in my home, using the church resources and all that is available to our society, according to my desires. I can serve in my community, as well as in church, in many various ways, just as men do. I believe that the roles of womanhood and manhood are unique, because of gender, and I am pleased that there is a grand design that can assist us in knowing what our purpose here on earth can be. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Brenda Kay
Family is an essential part of the Gospel teachings. It is key to the Plan of Happiness, and if we honor our family commitments, we will be blessed to have the privilege of living with our family together in Heaven. Show more Show less