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Hi I'm Brandon Richards

I'm tall. I'm white. I'm handsome. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

Currently I'm a college student studying Exercise Science and planning on attending Dental School after graduation. Usually when I have any free time, I'm reading about, watching, or playing sports. But when I'm not, I'm enjoying time with either family or friends. Besides my mom and dad, in my family I have three older sisters who are married, a younger brother, and six nieces and nephews. There's nothing I enjoy more than when we are all together and having fun.

Why I am a Mormon

Since my parents are Mormon, I grew up going to church every Sunday, it was just something we did. I enjoyed going and the thought of the church not being true never crossed my mind. I always heard people saying the church was true and so I just believed them and kept learning more. However, one summer when I was about 14, I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon and came across a certain verse. As soon as I read it, I was overcome by a feeling I had never felt before. I had chills running down from my head to toes and filling my whole body. I had no idea what it was, but I wanted to feel it again, so I kept reading that verse over and over. I always remembered that experience and sometime later I realized that what I felt that day was the spirit, which testifies of truth. Countless times in my life I have felt that same feeling. I feel it when I pray, talking to my Father in Heaven. I feel it when I'm taught about Jesus Christ. I feel it when I read the Bible and Book of Mormon. I feel it when I listen to modern prophets and apostles speaking to me. Every time I feel it, I know what I'm hearing or reading about is true. Many times I have prayed to know for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints really is the true church that Christ established or not, and every time I have felt the spirit testify to me that it is true. Some of my fondest memories are when I was a missionary in Paraguay, kneeling down with families, hearing them pray to know if the church is true and listening to them explain what they just felt. Anyone who sincerely wants to know can, its as simple as an honest pray and then listening with your heart.

How I live my faith

One thing I love about the church is that it isn't just a church where you go and listen and learn, but is also a church where you get to serve and have the chance to make a difference in people's lives. Nobody in the church receives pay of any sort, we all volunteer our time and receive a "calling" or responsibilty to make Sunday services and activities possible. One responsibility that we all have is to be home teachers. Home teaching is when we are assigned to watch over a few families. What that consist of is that at least once a month, we visit them, share a message, and see how they are doing both spiritually and temporally. Our responsibility is to build a relationship with them so that when ever they are in a time of need, they can call upon us for assistance. In the past, I have also been called to different leadership responsibilities, teaching classes, and also serving as a missionary. As a missionary I spent two years amongst the people of Paraguay teaching them the message of the gospel with the purpose of bringing them closer to Christ. I learned and grew so much during that time as I was able to forget about myself and my desires and only focus on helping the spiritual well-being of others. Those two years have without a doubt been the best two years for my life. I am who I am today not only because of the things that I have learned at church, but also because of experiences that I have learned by serving others in my church callings.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Brandon Richards
We believe that baptism is essential in order to enter into our Heavenly Father's presence. We must first repent of our sins. After we repent and are baptized, our Heavenly Father promises to cleanse us of our sins and we promise to keep his commandments. We perform baptisms in the same way that Christ was baptized, by immersion and by someone holding the proper authority. Since one purpose of baptism is to cleanse of us sin, we don't baptize little children because they aren't capable of sin. Instead, we wait until they are older and can chose for themselves. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brandon Richards
The scriptures teach us that we have questions about anything, we must first study it out in our minds and then ask God through prayer if it be true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is either true or its not. If we really want to know, all we have to do is have that desire, learn about it, and pray to know if its true. If we do those things, the Holy Ghost will manifest the truth to us through our feelings. We may not receive our answer in the way we want or in the time that we want so we must continue study and pray until we get our answer either yes or no. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brandon Richards
Yes we are, the name of our church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." We believe that he is our Savior and that that through him we can return to live with our Heavenly Father. Every doctrine or principle taught in the church is somehow related to Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Brandon Richards
The Book of Mormon was written by Mormon, an ancient prophet in the Americas. Just as the Bible is a record of the people in ancient Jerusalem, the Book of Mormon is a record of the people in the ancient Americas. Many prophets in the Americas kept records and Mormon compilled all these records into one, known as the Book of Mormon. To preserve this record from being destroyed, Mormon buried it in the ground. Years later when Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet, he was lead to where the record was and translated it into English by the power of God. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Brandon Richards
Since the beginning of time, God has called prophets to help teach and direct his children. There have always been people who reject the prophet and his teachings and begin to fall away, but the Lord continued to call other prophets because he loves us. In a time of confusion, God sent his Son Jesus Christ to the earth to die and suffer for our sins, but another mission that he had was to teach and establish his church. He established it with him at the head followed by a prophet and apostles. After Christ's ascension into heaven, he continued to direct his church through his prophet Peter and apostles. However, just as the people rejected Christ and the prophets of old, they rejected his apostles and killed them. Without a prophet or apostle on the earth, people began to change Christ teachings and establish their own churches based on their interpretations and eventually the church fell, as was prophesied. For this reason there are so many churches today. In 1820, a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith wanted to know which church was the true church and prayed to know. As an answer, God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ appeared to him as they had done to prophets of old and called him to be a prophet. Through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ restored his church and called once again apostles on the earth. Today the church is lead by Jesus Christ through a living prophet and apostles just as it was in times of old. Show more Show less