Hi I'm Braxton Foust
I'm an average 20 year old kid. I play video games, I love music, and I love to play sports, even though I am terrible at them. I also love to longboard (not the surfing kind, the kind with wheels). I grew up in Kaysville Utah, graduated from Davis High School in 2010, and I attended Utah State University before my mission. I served my mission in the Texas Fort Worth Mission, aka The BMW (Best Mission in the World). I love this church. As I have spent time in Texas I have gotten to see a lot of other churches and hear a lot of other beliefs. And everything I hear adds to my testimony that this is Christ's church. Other churches have a lot of good, but they are missing so much. The more I read the Book of Mormon the more I feel that this is true. The more I read the Bible, the more I see that it supports the Book of Mormon. As I hear what people have to say about their religion, or mine, I have had the opportunity to testify of the truth that the Holy Ghost has taught me. I know this church is the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that he is the head, and this is his work.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in Utah in a family that is Mormon. My whole life I have been going to the LDS church and learning about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was blessed to live in a community that was densely populated with members of my faith, so my friends had the same standards that I did. For a good amount of my life I believed in the Church simply because it was what I had been taught my whole life, but as I got into the Seminary program and learned about the gospel in school I realized there was a lot I didn't know or understand, and that my testimony was not as strong as it should be. When I went through high school I had some very good friends that helped me get through some difficult struggles, and my testimony was challenged. But as I took the time to learn for myself if the church was true, if the Gospel that I had been taught my whole life was true, I got the answer from God that it was. Although I had been taught the Gospel my whole life it wasn't until the trial of my faith that I received a witness. I am a Mormon because I have taken the time to ask God if the church is true. I know that it is.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
One of the greatest missions in church is the missionary work. Many people see the mission program of the church as a recruitment. Well guess what, we're not the military. We are NOT here to convince you to join. The purpose of missionary work is to invite others to make the decision for themselves to come closer to Christ than they could anywhere else. That really is the mission of the whole Church, to bring people closer to Christ. Only through the ordinances that we have can we acheive eternal life. Only through the Atonement can we be truly saved. That is the mission of the Church. Truly, it is the mission of Christ. "To bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" Moses 1 39. I am grateful for the opportunity I have as both a member of the church, and now as a full time missionary, to share the gospel with anyone I meet. The fulness of the gospel is here, and we have it. I love sharing it, and I know that through our message people's lives will be changed, not only for the better, but for the best.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is a Christlike Attribute. He is our perfect example and he has shown us the perfect way to have hope. Hope is knowing that Christ will fulfill his promises to us. It is manifest in optimism, enthusiasm, and confidence. Hope is a drive, knowing that Christ is always there. That through him eternal life is possible, and that through learning about his gospel his promises can and will be fulfilled. Hope is critical in this life. Without hope, why live? Without hope life is literally and utterly meaningless. I hope for eternal life, to live with my family in the presence of God and Christ forever. I hope to be able to fully understand and partake in the Atonement. I hope to be the best I can be, so that every blessing God has to offer to me can be obtained.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith was truly called as a prophet. He truly saw God the Father and Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ restored the fulness of the gospel through Joseph Smith and we have all been blessed to live in this dispensation because of it. Joseph Smith was given the Priesthood by Peter, James, and John, who were instructed by Jesus Christ to do so. Many people have negative thoughts and feelings about Joseph Smith. There are stories and events from the Prophet's life that people try to use to disprove him as a prophet. They use what they feel is logic to disprove his history and calling. Logic as not been, is not, and never will be a good enough resource to prove or disprove anything. If you want to know of spiritual truths, you must ask God. You must pray. There is no other way to know for yourself by the Holy Ghost that something is or is not true. Take the time to perform the necessary steps. Read from the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, pray with faith in Christ, Real intent, and a sincere heart, and then God will tell you by the Holy Ghost that it is true. Joseph Smith was truly called as a prophet in our times. He is my hero. I am eternally grateful for the things that he has done in order to help each of us come closer to Christ. I cannot put into words the feelings that I have for that man, because the Holy Ghost has told me through my feelings that he is a true Prophet. I cannot describe the feeling any more than I can describe the taste of salt. I know he was a prophet. I know the Book of Mormon is true.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is a crucial part of my life. God is my Father. He loves me. He wants me to talk to him, and he wants to talk with me too. Prayer is the only way for this conversation to happen. I have seen a huge difference in my life when I pray often, not just when I go to bed or when I wake up in the morning, but all throughout the day. The purpose of prayer is to allow us to communicate with God. God has commanded us to pray, and the blessings that come to us from prayer are immense. No one can know of spiritual truths without prayer, which means we get to learn spiritual truths from prayer. It allows us to further our knowledge and testimonies on a daily basis. Prayer has helped me to make major decisions in my life, and I know it will continue to do so. I have seen God answer prayers in a multitude of differnt ways. Questions I have asked him have been answered the same day in something that I read in the scriptures, or in something taught to me by a priesthood leader. God hears our prayers, and he will answer them.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by doing what I can to help build up the people around me. I live the standards that God has set forth, such as the Law of Chastity and the Word of Wisdom. At work the other guys know that I am what they call a "good kid" because of my beliefs and my stand with them. I do try to live in the way that Christ would want me to. Not because I want people to think "Oh, he's such a good kid" or "wow, that guy is so spiritual". I want to live a good life because I know God wants me to live a Good life. I "fear not though the enemy derride" I have "Courage, for the Lord is on my side." This isn't for recognition or respect, but simply in hopes that I can set the example for my siblings and little cousins.