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Hi I'm Brendan

I'm a computer programmer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Life is full of its challenges. I've faced plenty. There are those parts I really wish went a bit differently. I've faced a lot of opposition, both spiritually and physically. Let's just say I'm extraordinarily grateful for Christ and the atonement. But without all those experiences and trials I would never have become who I am today. I have learned to fight Satan in so many respects, which continues to help me to this day. My trials have truly molded me into what I am and have brought me countless blessings! I currently work full-time as a web developer. Computer programming is my passion and career of choice. I got an early start at the age of 12. For the interested, I have some favorites when it comes to technology. In my growing arsenal of programming languages, my top three are Python, PHP and C++. Linux, of course, takes the cake when it comes to my preference in operating system. I am also a strong advocate of free and open source software. Now for some of my hobbies. I have come to love playing certain sports. Volleyball is probably my favorite these days. I've also really taken up hiking. I love getting out and exploring the natural beauty that surrounds us. Then, of course, I don''t know what I'd do without music. My taste tends to lie more in modern music, but I like a lot of types. I love rock, techno, trance, dub-step, hip-hop, electronica, and way too many others to list. Regardless of my challenges, I've been richly blessed. Live is wonderful :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family. While I was young, I leaned on my parents and siblings testimonies, as is common at that age. During my mid-teenage years I came to the point where the church just felt right and I was pretty sure it was true. Eventually though, I was backed up to that wall of decision. I set out to completely read the Book of Mormon, as well as others of the books of scripture we hold so sacred. As I accompanied that with prayer and other efforts, I developed a testimony of my own. With time that became a strong and powerful thing to me. Eventually I served a wonderful mission for the church in Virginia and North Carolina. Over the course of my mission, I had countless opportunities to learn and grow. I was so blessed! I got to watch the gospel of Jesus Christ transform lives entirely and bring people lasting, satisfying joy. Personal prayer also became a huge thing to me. Through the things I felt and the effect the Holy Ghost had on me, my testimony was magnified more than I could have ever imagined. I was blessed to witness miracles on occasions that only go to fortify my knowledge that this is God's work. I truly feel I can never deny these things. Since my mission, I continue to be blessed with opportunities to strengthen my testimony and watch the truths of God bring glorious changes about in my own life and in so many others. I feel so blessed :)

How I live my faith

There are a lot of ways I live my faith. I currently serve in my singles ward as an Assistant Ward Clerk, where I help produce statistics and fulfill quite a few other responsibilities. My programming skills have been a great blessing with this. I also serve as the Sacrament Coordinator. That involves making sure the focus of our meetings, the sacrament, is organized and carried out every week. I also serve as a home teacher and I strive to fulfill my duties by uplifting, strengthening, and caring about those who I have been called to home teach. Outside of those callings, I have had many chances to share the gospel (even online, via social media). Helping others come closer to Christ fills me with a joy that cannot be measured up to by any other pursuit. I love seeing people make good changes in their lives and finding the blessings because of it! I have several close friends I am blessed to know, who I have striven to uplift and do my part in helping come closer to Christ. I strive to live my values and show my faith so that I can always be that example others might look to for strength.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Brendan
The Word of Wisdom is the Lord's law of health. It brings both temporal and spiritual blessings by abiding its precepts. We are commanded to abstain from addictive and harmful substances, such as coffee, tea, alcohol, etc. By simply obeying this commandment, and not seeking to find excuse, you can be blessed abundantly by the Lord. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Brendan
The simple answer to this question is that the Lord commanded it as in the Bible and, due to the Lord's command, it is no longer practiced. It is never right unless the Lord Himself commands it. As such, we do not practice polygamy, nor support its practice by others.  Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Brendan
 A ward is a congregation or group of members that live near each other and attend meetings and activities together. A branch is just a smaller version of a ward for areas that don't have as many members. A stake consists of multiple different wards or branches. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Brendan
A temple is a sacred place. Its as close as we can get to heaven here on earth. As such, temples are kept sacred, not secret, and allow worthy members of the church to be a part in ordinances to help those who have passed away to receive the same blessings we can receive on earth through following the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Brendan
When representatives of the church visit your home, they will share what the beliefs of the church are such as how the church formed, Gods plan for our lives, the way to return to God, and the things God has commanded us to do, answer questions, and help you find out, by the Holy Ghost, if the things they share are true and of God. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Brendan
The gift of the Holy Ghost is His constant companionship and guidance, so long as we live our lives in a way that we will be receptive to His promptings. One of the greatest blessings we can receive from Him is a sure testimony of truth. We can find what is really given from the Lord and come to know His will for us. We can also receive revelation and guidance for ourselves, warnings of danger, and strength to endure trials. This is one of the greatest gifts the Lord blesses His children with. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Brendan
 A "testimony", as we regard it, is a persons personal witness from the Holy Ghost of the truth of a gospel principle or the gospel as a whole. A testimony is a precious witness to have of the truth of something, as it gives us a personal knowledge, and we are no longer blind in our faith. We can gain a testimony through sincere prayer to the Lord. He loves us and wants us to know of His truth. As we sincerely seek, he has promised that we will find. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brendan
The more accurate name of the church is The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. Christ is not only represented in the name of the church, but penetrates and is pointed to by every doctrine. We certainly believe in and strive to follow Christ. It would seem that in every sense of the word, we are Christian. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Brendan
It is our commission from God to help our fellow man. As such, we help all, and not merely those of our faith. When serving others, we are serving God. The truest demonstration of Christianity comes when we follow Christs example and pattern of living by providing service to Gods other children. If we are all His children, He isn't going to care more for one soul than another. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Brendan
We absolutely believe there is a living prophet, as vital to heed as Moses of old. Throughout all scripture, there have been prophets guiding the people. Again today, that same pattern has been restored, as God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The necessity of a living prophet to the Lords true church is great. Without current revelation and guidance, the church would fall to apostasy, and corruption. However, there is a living prophet guiding the Lords church and we can know such by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Brendan
As far as I have seen, people at large tend to view a cult as a secretive group with a blind following. Far contrasting, the dictionarial definition of a cult is any group of people devoted to a cause, such as religion in general. The reason for accusation is largely to intimidate people. In the modern connotation of the word, our church is not at all a cult. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Brendan
Indeed we perform the sacred ordinance of baptism in behalf of those who have passed on without the opportunity to receive it. The Lord has commanded that all must be baptized to have a chance at eternal life. If someone died without even hearing the gospel, how could God be just in condemning them for the span of eternity?! He wants our lasting happiness. We perform this ordinance because He revealed it. It was also practiced in biblical times. He will give everyone a chance to accept the gospel and Jesus Christ, whether in this life or after. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Brendan
 These sacred donations, given in response to command from the Lord, are used for the building of the Kingdom of God the church and are not used to pay the leaders of the church. A couple examples of this usage are temple building, and spreading the gospel. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Brendan
Women in the church are usually, as far as I have seen, a strong demonstration of the Christ-like love and kindness the church is all about. As far as our doctrinal views go, men and women are absolutely equal and should be so. Men and women do have different God-given callings in life, but they work together to accomplish the same righteous purpose. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Brendan
The greatest blessings one can receive from reading holy scripture come from the guidance and direction that can be received through them and the peace and assurance brought by the Holy Ghost when reading holy writ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Brendan
We believe God to be the Father of our spirits. He has a perfect, glorified body of flesh and bone. Jesus Christ is separate from him in body and personality, yet fully united in purpose. So with the Holy Ghost. He is infinitely loving and wants us to become like Him. Because of that, He has provided a way for us to gain physical bodies, and through the atonement and proper use of our agency choice, to return and receive all that He has. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Brendan
Family is so important to us because we know that families are intended to last far beyond this life. Heavenly Father wants us and our families to be united for the rest of eternity. In Holy Temples, husband, wife, and children can be sealed together with a binding that is not affected by death. Because of this understanding, we know that the success or failure in the home can have a far reaching effect and determine the happiness of individuals in the hereafter. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Brendan
 We believe that after this life, those who are found worthy will be able to live with Heavenly Father, who has the name-title "Eternal", and live the life He lives. Just as a child can become like its parent, we have the opportunity to become like our Heavenly Father. That is what "eternal life" is all about. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Brendan
"Mormons" are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are normal people, but we hold sacred a knowledge that we have a loving Father in Heaven and that He continues to talk to us and guide us both directly and through a modern prophet. Because of our conviction, we feel it important to live and act on our faith. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Brendan
The purpose of this vein of the doings in the church is to care for the poor and needy, who are in need of external assistance. This comes from scripture, in fact Christ Himself. We have been commanded to look after those in less-fortunate circumstances. This is why it is such a big endeavor with the church. Without such service, how could we truly call ourselves Christians? Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brendan
The best ways to know the church is true is to read the Book of Mormon and pray to Heavenly Father with a sincere heart and real desire to know if it is true. If your sincere, you will get an answer from the Holy Ghost that the book is true. By this same method you can find that the church is true and that the prophet today is called of God. There are other ways to determine the church to be true, such as studying history and scripture and finding how it just makes sense and fits together, but the only way that will definitely last and carry you through all life has to throw at you is by seeking Heavenly Fathers aid. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Brendan
The current president of the church is Thomas S Monson, however, he, his counselors, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are also prophets and lead us as inspired by God. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Brendan
The priesthood is the authority given from God to act in His name and carry out His work here on earth. It is not at all a selfish thing. A male member of the church may hold the priesthood, but he uses it to serve and bless the lives of others. Christ, in His church in ancient times, gave His Apostles this authority. We see even more examples of this authority when we look back even farther to Aaron, Levi, Melchizedek, etc. This authority has always existed when our Heavenly Father's true church has been on the earth. The Lord has always called prophets, who hold this authority, to lead His church under His direction. Show more Show less