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Hi I'm Brandon

I'm the Mormon Mutt. I'm a happy husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in various parts of the USA. I was born in Utah, moved to New Mexico, and then to Nebraska, to Indiana, to Nevada, back to Indiana, to Tennessee, to California, to Idaho, to Utah again, to Hidalgo, to Mexico State, to Querétaro, to Hidalgo again, and back to Utah again. I am currently a student at Dixie State University. My major is Spanish Language and Literature, with minors in Criminology and History. My current plan is to go into law school, and possibly go into the Air Force JAG Corps after that (mainly for student loans, although I was recently employed to work for an Alaska fish company for the summers, so we'll see if that does the trick or not). I am also studying (in my spare time) to become a polyglot. I have English and Spanish down, and am currently studying French, German, and Cherokee (Kituhwa). I have a whole list of languages to learn afterwards. I served as a voluntary, full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the beautiful country of Mexico for two years. I am a member of the Central Band of Cherokee, and my faith in the Book of Mormon has been strengthened by the oral history that our tribe has about the Savior visiting the Americas (just after His ascension into Heaven after His Resurrection). I am married to the most beautiful woman for time and all eternity. I know that this is the true church, and I am grateful to be a part of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the Church gives me a feeling of peace, and a sense of purpose and happiness. It has a good spirit, and it helps me live a better life. I have also received a clear answer to my prayers, confirming that what I have learned is true. That is all that I need to be convinced of the validity and the divinity of this one true and living Church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to set a Christlike example for others. I also do my best to fulfill my responsibilities as a Melchizedek priesthood-holder, which includes: - Making, keeping, and renewing covenants with my Heavenly Father. - Voluntarily carrying out whatever callings or duties that I am assigned. - Paying tithing (10% income). - Making sure to instill values and standards in my family. - Sharing my faith with others (be they members or nonmembers). - Obeying the commandments that God gives us through ancient prophets (in the scriptures) and through modern-day prophets.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Brandon
Yes, it is indeed true. I remember growing up with stories from the Book of Mormon, and stories from my tribe. They fit hand in hand. The Book of Mormon speaks about Christ coming to the Americas. My tribe has stories of the Great White Healer that came and taught about His Father in the sky, and how we can all live with Him one day. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Brandon
The Priesthood is the authority to act in the name of Jesus Christ. It is the power that was given to all of the prophets of God. Adam had it, Noah had it, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses all had it. By that power and authority, they were able to perform miracles. This Priesthood is also given to modern-day prophets, and by them it is given to all worthy male members. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Brandon
The Law of Chastity is a wonderful law that we follow. This law keeps us morally and spiritually clean. This law, in one, short sentence, says that we must not have any sexual relations outside of a legal and lawful marriage between a man and a woman. This law keeps families close to eachother and happy forever. By this law, we are able to love our families even more. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Brandon
The First Vision is the first appearence of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith, Jr. in the Sacred Grove. It is of this experience that Joseph Smith wrote: "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me... When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other: Joseph, this is my Beloved Son. Hear Him." I know that this is a true event, and that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ both appeared unto Joseph Smith, Jr. and told him how to bring the Fullness of the Gospel back to the earth. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Brandon
Faith is a process by which we come to know things with a surety. In the Book of Mormon, in Ether Chapter 12, verse 6, we are told: "...faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." So faith starts out as a hope. For example, I hope that I will wake up tomorrow morning. Then we put that hope through a trial, or a test. I decide to go to sleep, hoping that I will wake up. After that hope has been exercised, it becomes a knowledge. I wake up, and know from experience that I'll wake up again the next time that I go to sleep. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Brandon
We believe that the family is something sacred that God has given us.. The family is one of the most important parts of the structure of the Church. We enjoy collecting our family history, doing genealogy, and researching family lineages so that we can learn more about where we come from. Also, we must always treat our family sacredly. It’s a gift from God! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brandon
Yes, Mormons are Christians. In the very name of our church, we are called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that Jesus Christ lived to show us how we must live, and He died so that we could all overcome sin and return to live with our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brandon
No. We worship our Father in Heaven. To say that we worship Joseph Smith, Jr. or any other prophet of these days would be the same as saying that the children of Israel worshiped Moses of old after he delivered them from the Egyptians by the power, authority, and instructions of Heavenly Father. We worship God, just as they did back in their time. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brandon
The way you can know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true is to go straight to the source. Read the Book of Mormon, with a sincere desire to learn the truth and then ask your Heavenly Father, in prayer, if the things that you've read are true. I can testify to you that you will receive an answer from the Lord, just as I have. If you don't know how to pray, contact your local misionaries! Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Brandon
Mormon temples are used to make promises to our Heavenly Father. Temples are also places where we receive blessings. One of these blessings, for example, is being married for time and all eternity with our spouse. Another blessing would be to be able to receive the blessing of living with our families forever, such as living with our parents and our children, our grandparents and grandchildren, forever. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Brandon
The prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He leads us under the direction of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is an earthly representative of our Heavenly Father. He has been called as a prophet just as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph with the coat of many colors, and Moses. He receives revelation to help guide us in the problems of the world today. Also, he receives that revelation not only for the church, but also for all of the world to follow. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brandon
The Grace of Jesus Christ is what saves us from the bonds of death. We believe that by His Grace and our works, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Grace saves us, and works exalt us. Show more Show less