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