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Hi I'm Brett

I grew up in the small town of Blackfoot, Idaho. I graduated from High School in May 2011. I love engineering. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I really enjoy anything having to do with engineering. I built a High Powered Rocket that reached 7,111 feet Above Ground Level summer of 2011. It is just under 5.0 Feet Tall and 2 inches in Diameter. It reached a velocity of .75 Mach. I want to go to Brigham Young University and major in Mechanical Engineering for my undergrad. I will attend after I serve a two year mission for the Church. I also play the B flat Clarinet and Sing Bass. I love to read, and, on occasion, write. I am the Oldest of 6 Children (I have 3 Sisters and 2 Brothers), that has been interesting, to say the least. I am currently on a mission, helping others come unto Christ. I love it and am working hard. It is an amazing thing to do every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into our faith, to two wonderful parents. Throughout my early childhood, I went to church because they made me, but as I grew I came to understand the importance of the gospel. I learned more about the church, and read the Book of Mormon for myself. I did what one of the prophets (Moroni) in the book, promises in Moroni 10:3-5. Basically, he says that if you read the book, ponder it in your heart, then ask God with real intent (You will act upon the answer you recieve, you will come to a knowledge that the book is true. I recieved an answer. Not in a fantastical or bombastic manner, but in a quiet, yet still powerful manner. It was as if something clicked inside me. Everything I had been taught made sense. As I continued to exercise this witness and continue to find out for myself, I grew in the faith and felt the peace and joy associated with a knowledge of the gospel. It is because of this answer that I have decided to come on an LDS Church Mission. I live away from my family, and share the Gospel for two Years so that others can come to the knowledge that I have and experience hope, peace, and joy. In short, I am a Mormon because I know that the Church is true. I know the Book of Mormon is the Word of God. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only Church with the Authority from God to Baptize or perform ordinances. I know that authority was restored from God through the Prophet Joseph Smith and that President Thomas S. Monson is his rightful Successor. I know that Jesus is the Christ and I desire to serve Him the best I can.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am serving as a Missionary for the Church. This is an unpaid position. I volunteer all my time for two years for the sole purpose of: "Inviting others to come unto Christ by helping them recieve the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ through faith in Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Recieving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End." Other ways I live my faith are by living the principles the Gospel Teaches, Serving in my local congregation, and trying to be a good citizen in my community. I strive to be a good Christian Person every day.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Brett
One way I like to look at it is through a metaphor: Imagine for a moment that you are driving down the freeway. You are going about 90 Miles Per Hour or, if you use Kilometers, lets say 150 Kilometers per Hour. An Ice Cream Truck pulls in behind you and starts flashing their headlights and Playing their music, they are trying to pull you over. What do you do? Lets say now that you are driving down the same road and a police officer pulls in behind you and turns on his lights. His Red and Blue ones. What do you do? The difference between the two is the Police officer has authority, or permission, to pull motorists over. While the Ice Cream Truck does not. Such it is with Baptism. The person performing the baptism must have permission from God to do so. He must have the Priesthood, and as it says in Hebrews 5:4, "No man taketh this honor unto himself save he shall be called of God, as was Aaron." No one can buy, go to school for, or by any other means than that which God Himself has appointed; receive the Priesthood. That Priesthood was restored in the Spring of 1829 by God, through Joseph Smith. Proof of this is the Book of Mormon, as it is the Keystone of our Religion. I would echo the Promise of the Last prophet in the book, and Exhort you to read it and pray to know if it is true. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Brett
Self-reliance is an important tenet of any thriving society. By being self-reliant we are able to help others instead of being a burden. It is much more healthy not to have the stress of being in debt. It allows us to be independent in our communities. My question would be, "Why not be Self-reliant?" As a Boy Scout, you are taught to "Be Prepared." That has stuck with me throughout my life. It also gives peace of mind if an emergency situation did come about. We have food to eat and food to give others. It allows us to make decisions quickly and efficiently when time is of the essence. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Brett
The answer to that question is simple, God founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Now let me explain why we believe that way. I know it sounds far-fetched, but it is not intended to be that way. First, We believe that the teachings of the church have been around since the time of Adam. God revealed these teachings to Adam, so Adam and his family could return to live with Him. God, Whom we believe is our Heavenly Father, spoke to Adam's children through Adam. Adam was a prophet of God. Adam, as all prophets after him, held the priesthood, or the authority to act in God's Name for the Salvation of the Children of Men. After Adam died, the Lord called another prophet to guide the children of Men. Adam's posterity lived in righteousness for a time, but eventually, evil crept in. Over time, the Children of Adam grew very wicked. They killed or rejected the prophets. They chose to live in spiritual darkness, and because of that choice, the Lord took away the prophets and the priesthood authority. This is called an apostasy. When the people became more righteous, the Lord called another prophet and gave him the Priesthood so he could teach the people the truths of God. This is called a dispensation. This cycle has continued throughout history, and the last dispensation, started by God, through a prophet named Joseph Smith, is the where we are in that cycle. For more information, go to:http://mormon.org/restoration/ or http://mormon.org/joseph-smith/ Show more Show less