Hi I'm Brandon Walter E.
Am in radiology residency program in Alabama, recently married to the love of my life. No kids yet, but thankfully have a bunch of nieces and nephews even though most of my family lives out West.
Why I am a Mormon
To me, being a Mormon is one of the best things about me. My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has completely changed my life for the better. It adds so much depth and value to my life. The blessings in my life from my active membership in the Church give me a solid base to build on. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the actual, officially-restored church of the Savior Jesus Christ, complete with a prophet and twelve apostles as in biblical times. I am so grateful that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I cannot honestly say enough positive things about this Church. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints improves my life immeasurably. The knowledge that I have of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ gained primarily through being a "Mormon" helps me infinitely every day to be more like the person I should be. My membership in this Church is such a great blessing in my life.
How has the Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
The Book of Mormon has helped me to understand where I came from before I was born, why I am here, and what happens after I die. It has helped me to gain a solid base to build on, a strength in an otherwise unstable world. The Book of Mormon has helped me to understand my specific purpose in life, and what God has prepared for me. It has helped me to understand myself, my family, and those around me. It gives me direction, both for life goals and also for day to day sustenance.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I know and believe that our Heavenly Father has communicated to me by way of His Holy Spirit both directly and indirectly that Joseph Smith was His chosen prophet. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ as a young boy. That through Joseph Smith The Church of Jesus Christ was again restored on the earth as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know Joseph Smith was called of God to be His prophet for the earth as biblical prophets were so called. I know that Joseph Smith was inspired and instructed by God to attain the golden plates written by the ancient inhabitants of the American Continent and translate the Book of Mormon. I know that the priesthood of God was given to Joseph Smith by laying on of hands. I greatly admire and respect the great prophet Joseph Smith. I feel greatly blessed and honored to know of Joseph Smith.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Well a big part of my answer would be because it is one of the greatest experiences to have in life. Also, to help people. To have a great increase in capacity of heart and loving. To share what has helped the most in our lives. To serve. Because we want to do what we believe is pleasing to God. Because we feel we have been greatly blessed and feel responsible to act in gratitude of our blessings as best we can. And many other reasons.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
It seems so apparent to me, hopefully I am able to give it some justice in words. I believe one of the main ways The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to God, is by helping me to learn more about God, so I have a better understanding of how to think about, address, and please Him. It has taught me more of the love and greatness of God, which has naturally caused me to want to learn more of Him and try to live my life more like He would want me to live it. The Book of Mormon has helped teach me (through the examples found in it) to pray to God to draw closer to Him and understand His will. Another way is that the Book of Mormon helped me to come to a knowledge of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the authority as a prophet of God of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through whose instructions I have been able to learn how to draw closer to God by following His commandments.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
In the hospital this is such a great blessing. Visiting patients it is easy to get caught in a negative outlook discussing sicknesses with people going through such hard trials and with sometimes such abysmal physical outlooks. But the knowledge of the Plan of Happiness that I have gained as a member of this wonderful Church, has helped turn these otherwise negative moments into wonderful spiritual opportunities of hope and positivity, knowing of all the great blessings that Heavenly Father has in store for them and the greater purpose and plan for this life.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
I love to. My mission to Porto Alegre, Brazil was the greatest time I have had so far in my life. Also one of the most difficult. It felt like on my mission Heavenly Father expanded my heart. I love many people I encountered there like my own family. I was truly blessed for the opportunity to go, my experiences there, and with the many kindnesses of the people which I encountered. I miss it and would love to go back someday. I am really in awe of the Church missionary program and the current missionaries I meet. Hopefully in my small way I am still able to benefit the missionary program currently. I would love to go on a formal mission for the Church again someday.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
Some of the biggest changes in my life were following special witnesses by the Holy Ghost. Experiences like the Holy Ghost testifying to me personally of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also day to day things like spiritual experiences that make my days more tolerable. Like being in a room with a terminally ill patient and having the Holy Ghost witness to me the great blessings awaiting that person on the other side of the veil, makes the moment seem less gloomy and better enables me to comfort that person so they do not feel so bad. I am so grateful and feel so blessed to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to have received the Gift of the Holy Ghost by laying on of hands by those with authority to do so.
How I live my faith
Hopefully trying the best I can. Right now I have a position in our local church as an "executive secretary" to our local leadership. Essentially I make the Sunday program handouts and make phone calls and set up appointments with our local church leaders. I try to get out and visit those who are unable to make it to church to check on them as much as possible, what we call home teaching. Although I have been limited due to my current busy schedule, hope to pick up the activity as time permits