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Hi I'm Brandon

I'm a husband. I'm a father. I'm a family scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First, I am husband and a father. I love my family with all my heart and always try to put them first. I'm also a graduate student, pursuing my PhD in Human Development and Family Studies. I graduated from Brigham Young University, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Family Life, in 2010. My key research interests include the transition to parenthood, the effects of children on parents, and media and family life. I also love to create things and share ideas--that includes writing novels, crafting with my wife, writing on my parenting blog, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

There is just something about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that will always stick out to me. No matter what I do there is always a feeling in my heart, a connection, that I have that pulls me toward following Christ and His teachings. Over the years, as I have continued striving to live the gospel I have felt joy and an inner peace that I cannot feel in any other place or way. I believe that individuals fill their lives with all sorts of counterfeit ‘joys’ because their spirit probably unconsciously to them needs a connection with God it 'thirsts' one might say. “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” John 737. Thirst is a perfect way to describe our longing for happiness in this life. Real joy however comes from understanding that we are God’s children and as such we each have a “divine nature and destiny” Proclamation to the World, 1995. I have noticed in my life that when I feel like I have a sense of purpose I feel content and strong. The problem is that once again we can go around seeking after ‘purposes.’ The world is full of good and sometimes not so good things to do. Engaging in multiple causes can bring a sense of purpose but as each cause ends such as school, a career, raising a child once again a sense of loss and isolation creeps in. Once again, we come to realize that there is only one fount of lasting happiness Christ.

How I live my faith

There are many ways that I live my faith on a daily basis. One very personal and enriching way is my individual scripture study that I do daily. During this time I am able to learn about various gospel topics and open up my heart to God and personal revelation. Studying and pondering over the scriptures allows God to work in my life, keeps my priorities in line, and never leaves me lost in the chaos of this world. Another way that I live my faith on Sundays is by being a Nursery Leader. My spouse and I take care of and instruct the 18-month to 3-year-olds, and we just adore these little ones. There is such joy and life in the eyes of a child, and we would all do good to humble ourselves as little children.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Most definitely yes!! That is one of the greatest blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ as brought to the earth by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When spouses are sealed for time and all eternity in the temples of God, they make a covenant with their spouse and with God that they will create a loving and righteous home and family here on the earth among other things, and as they keep their temple covenants and raise their family in righteousness they are blessed in this life. They also know that their family is eternal in nature and that they will be together forever after this life, if they live up to their temple covenants. Show more Show less