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Hi I'm Braden.

I'm a Husband, Father, Brother and a Son - and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a sweet, beautiful wife and two funny boys (and one on the way! It's another boy!). They are my life. We live in the South, where I am learning to say "y'all" I'm a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where I am busy working on my Master of Social Work degree. I work as an intern for a day-treatment center for people who are mentally ill. What I do for work may change; my hobbies will come and go; but what I really am in life will never change. I'll always be a part of a family - and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel, or the teachings of Christ and my church, has only brought me light. It has led me to realize the pure desires of my heart and to face my challenges with faith and courage. It has taught me to love and to become a better person. It has always invited me to think of others before myself. It has given me faith and peace about this world and my life in it, because I can see the hand of the Lord helping us to become like Him. I am thankful - deeply - for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have tasted of its fruit and it is good. It is a belssing to me, and I know that it is the truth about life and how and why we are here. It is the truth about how to reach our full potential. It is the truth. I know this by experience, and by the Spirit of God whose light dwells in each of us, and who speaks to each of our hearts.

How I live my faith

I put my family first! As a Mormon, I have taken upon myself the name of Jesus, and I am learning to love other people like he did and stop being so selfish. The most important place to do this is in my own home. I hope I am always kind to my wife and present with my children. I hope I teach my children to have faith in Jesus Christ and to obey his Gospel. And I hope I teach this by my example. Following Jesus is the secret to hope and peace. I live my faith by putting my best efforts into my family, at the expense of my selfish desires.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Braden.
We believe that our fundamental purpose in life is to build faith in Jesus Christ and to create eternal families. We accomplish this purpose by following the Gospel of Jesus Christ, even when it is hard or unpopular, and by putting our families first. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Braden.
We do believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, even though we don't wear the cross or put it on our chapels. Why don't we wear the cross? Because the meaning of the cross must be visible in our hearts and congregations, not on our necks or our chapels. From a church leader "This message and meaning is within each of us and requires no external symbol to manifest our faith. Our cross is the giving up of worldly sins and following the Savior with a humble heart and an obedient spirit." Schwitzer, Gregory A., 2011, Ensign, Vol. 41, No. 7, Pg. 28 We can't hide behind the symbol of the cross, risking our souls by masking our sins. We have to exhibit the meaning of the cross in who we are. If someone sees me walking down the street, they need to be able to say, "He's a Christian", not because of the necklace I wear but because of the kindness I extend to others. Schwitzer continues, "We are Christians in the true inward sense, and we display Christ to the world through our lives, our message, and our love rather than through a symbol whereby we are identified." Pg. 28 Show more Show less