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Hi I'm Brandon

I grew up in Virginia. I love to drive, to bicycle, play the piano and organ and sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Brandon. I was born in Utah, but I've lived in California and Virginia for most of my life. I graduated from high school in 2009, and attended Brigham Young University for a year before becoming a full-time missionary for the church. Music is my life. I have played the piano since I was seven, and I began playing the organ in high school. I have enjoyed singing with school, community, and church choirs since high school. I enjoy bicycling and I'm an Eagle Scout.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who are members of the church, but I would not be a member of the church today if I didn't know it was the right church for me. I dealt with a lot of rebellious feelings as a teenager, but the church always kept me grounded. My testimony grew out of a desire to know the truth straight from God, and having enough faith to act on that desire. Heavenly Father answered my prayer, and since then, my testimony of this church has only become stronger. I was blessed as a teenager to have many opportunities to grow spiritually, including Church youth conferences and other youth programs, but these events did not give me my testimony. I know that this is God's church because I have asked God, and he told me the truth. Through this pattern of desiring to know and asking God, I also know that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that the church has the authority to act in God's name.

How I live my faith

As a teenager, I had many opportunities to be a youth leader in the church's youth programs. These opportunities gave me the leadership necessary to accomplish my Eagle project--painting and refurbishing a large pavilion in my town's public park. When I went to Brigham Young University, I was asked to be a financial clerk for the student congregation I was a part of. I also had the opportunity to home teach a total of twelve people in my student congregation over two semesters (six people each semester). Home teaching meant visiting them at least once a month (more often when people got sick or needed other help) with a short, Gospel-centered message about how to become more like Christ. Through building these relationships, I was able to see the people I home taught more as Christ sees them--as children of our Heavenly Father.

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

Brandon
Fourteen year old Joseph Smith had a question. He was surrounded by different churches. His family members belonged to different churches, and he was concerned about his salvation. He wanted very badly to know which church he should join. Joseph studied the Bible, and came across the scripture in the book of James, chapter one, verse five: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him." What Joseph took from this is that he, lacking wisdom, should take his question to God in prayer. He found a spot in a grove of trees near his home, knelt, and prayed. In response to his prayer, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him, telling him that none of the churches were correct, and that he, Joseph, would restore Christ's true church to the earth. Joseph organized the church on April 6, 1830, and since then, the church has continued to grow and spread. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Brandon
I'm serving right now as a Mormon missionary in Australia. While all missionaries have their own personal reasons for going on a mission, I'm on a mission because I see how much the teachings of Jesus Christ found in His true church have blessed my life and I want to share that with people. When I was preparing to leave on my mission, I went through an interview process with my local church leadership. They asked me this question: "Why do you want to go on a mission?" I sat and thought for a while. I thought of what my life would be like without Jesus Christ there to help me, and decided that if the Savior has brought that much goodness into my life, he certainly can improve the lives of other people who have worse lives than me! It is definitely worth it to share this message with other people. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brandon
Yes. Absolutely yes. The official name of the church is "The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints." The two biggest parts of a missionary nametag are the missionary's name and the name of our Savior. We believe that Jesus Christ and His Gospel are the best way to be happy in both this life and in the life after this life. Show more Show less