Hi I'm Brianna
I am currently a student at BYU-Idaho studying Business Management with an emphasis in Marketing. Scuba diving and soccer are my passions, and other interests I have include drawing/painting. I love my family dearly, they are always there supporting me and I'm so grateful for it. I received my mission call to the Brazil Maceió Mission and report to the Brazil MTC on August 7, 2013!
Why I am a Mormon
In the beginning I felt that I was Mormon simply because I grew up in the church. I had relied on my parents' testimonies until I was about 16 and finally gained my own personal testimony. Now that I have my own testimony to nourish, I appreciate the gospel in such a way that has helped me transform my life for the better. I love this gospel, I have no idea where I would be without it.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
I usually end up sharing the gospel with my friends whenever they ask specific questions about our church. Such questions could be about what I wear, why I don't drink, how our church is different from other churches, and so forth. Other times I share the gospel at the school when my teachers ask me questions about our religion in front of the class. I love teaching others about our Church, because of two reasons: 1) I know that I'm doing what God and Jesus Christ have desired me to do, and 2) It helps me gain a better knowledge of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints myself.
Could you talk about your baptism?
Your baptism is something that you will never forget. When I was 8, I was initially nervous about being baptized. It's not that I didn't WANT to be baptized, but I was scared of being dunked under water. Once I finished it though, I felt absolutely amazing. I can recall the sense of peace and happiness. During my baptism I had a rather funny experience too; My father was the one who performed the baptism for me. He had previously gone on a mission where he learned Portuguese, so when he was saying the prayer for the baptism, he kept accidentally saying it in Portuguese. Needless to say, I was dunked 3 times. Even with the giggles, people could still feel the spirit! And it is something that I will NEVER forget.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Without having read the BOM, I didn’t know much about the church and depended on my parents’ testimonies. It wasn’t until I pushed myself to read the BOM that my testimony finally began to grow. Your testimony and faith in God needs to be nourished daily, just like a seed. Without nourishment, it won’t grow but weaken. As your testimony begins to weaken, you begin to doubt, and start asking questions. Luckily though, you can refer to the BOM and the Holy Ghost for answers! The BOM answers questions of the soul. There are two types of questions that I had found myself pondering while my testimony wasn’t strong. There's questions about the eternal perspective, and then those questions that are temporal. Some examples include, “What is the purpose of life?”; “How can I become more involved in church?” I wasn't going to answer those questions until I read the BOM. It's one thing to hear someone tell you the answers, and then finding/reading it yourself. It’s the feeling of confirmation you get when you actually sacrifice your own time to figure out an answer for yourself. You always remember those experiences. “As we gain faith that the BOM is true, we can begin to answer questions about the purpose of life and hope of eternal life. It describes the plan of happiness, which gives meaning and perspective to life. And as we read the BOM with guidance of the Spirit, it will help us answer personal questions.” (Preach My Gospel) I don’t think there is a better way to put it than that. In Moroni 10:3-5 there is a promise given for reading the scriptures: He promises us that if we read the BOM and ask questions about it with sincerity, then the Holy Ghost will give us an answer. You will have a feeling of confirmation that will build your testimony. You will know that the gospel of Jesus Christ written in the BOM is true. And after reading the BOM and praying about it, I finally know for myself that it’s true. I use my written testimonies as evidence of it.
How I live my faith
I attend my weekly church meetings and strive to be an example to others surrounding me. I take advantage of almost every opportunity to serve others "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God: Mosiah 2:17"