Hi I'm Brandon Hess
I'm a Mormon.
I grew up in California in the Bay Area. When I was young I had a huge passion for sports. My brother and I could be regularly found outside throwing a ball around. During my high school years, I was very involved with baseball on my high school team and in summer leagues. After graduating from high school I went to a Junior College in Utah and played baseball there for one year before leaving to serve a two year mission for my church. I received my mission call to Lima, Peru. I learned to speak fluent spanish while also gaining a deep love for the people I was able to serve. My mission really opened my eyes and helped me to feel the great love God has for his children. My two years in Peru were awesome! The happiness and joy that come through serving and helping others is the best. After I got home from my mission I went out to a small university in Virginia. I played baseball in Virginia but more importantly, Virginia was where I met my amazing wife. She pretty much fell in love with me the first time she set her eyes on my balding head. We currently have a one year old daughter and my wife is expecting our second daughter. I am studying Business Management with an emphasis in Finance.
I am a Mormon because it is cool to be a Mormon. I know some people look at Mormons as a peculiar bunch of people. While serving as a missionary for the church, I was suprised at how little people actually knew about what we believe. In some instances people I talked to had false ideas about what we believe. For example, some people I talked to didn't think we were Christians, while in fact, Jesus Christ is at the very center of what we believe. My parents are members of the church and I was raised my whole life in the church. They are very stong and active in the church. Growing up I fed off their testimonies and their faith. When I was a teenager there came a time when I wanted to know for myself if this was the true church. I decided to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover and then to act on the invitation given in the last chapter of the book, Moroni 10.4, "I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart...he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I acted on this invitation and I know that the promise given in this verse of scripture is true. If we go to God in prayer with sincerity and faith, he answers our prayers. He answered my prayer when I asked to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church. I know the church is true. God answers our prayers through feelings that come to us through the Holy Ghost. My knowledge and testimony give me purpose in life.
I live my faith by doing my best to be obedient to the gospel of Jesus Christ by keeping the commandments. Many people dont understand why we dont drink alchol, tea, coffee, and why we dont do other things. Simply, God has commanded us through modern day living prophets that we should not do these things. As we obey God and listen to his Prophets, he will bless us.