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Hi I'm Braxton Foust

I ate a guinea pig once. Some of my best friends call me Larry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an average 20 year old kid. I play video games, I love music, and I love to play sports, even though I am terrible at them. I also love to longboard (not the surfing kind, the kind with wheels). I grew up in Kaysville Utah, graduated from Davis High School in 2010, and I attended Utah State University before my mission. I served my mission in the Texas Fort Worth Mission, aka The BMW (Best Mission in the World). I love this church. As I have spent time in Texas I have gotten to see a lot of other churches and hear a lot of other beliefs. And everything I hear adds to my testimony that this is Christ's church. Other churches have a lot of good, but they are missing so much. The more I read the Book of Mormon the more I feel that this is true. The more I read the Bible, the more I see that it supports the Book of Mormon. As I hear what people have to say about their religion, or mine, I have had the opportunity to testify of the truth that the Holy Ghost has taught me. I know this church is the Church of Jesus Christ. I know that he is the head, and this is his work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in Utah in a family that is Mormon. My whole life I have been going to the LDS church and learning about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was blessed to live in a community that was densely populated with members of my faith, so my friends had the same standards that I did. For a good amount of my life I believed in the Church simply because it was what I had been taught my whole life, but as I got into the Seminary program and learned about the gospel in school I realized there was a lot I didn't know or understand, and that my testimony was not as strong as it should be. When I went through high school I had some very good friends that helped me get through some difficult struggles, and my testimony was challenged. But as I took the time to learn for myself if the church was true, if the Gospel that I had been taught my whole life was true, I got the answer from God that it was. Although I had been taught the Gospel my whole life it wasn't until the trial of my faith that I received a witness. I am a Mormon because I have taken the time to ask God if the church is true. I know that it is.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what I can to help build up the people around me. I live the standards that God has set forth, such as the Law of Chastity and the Word of Wisdom. At work the other guys know that I am what they call a "good kid" because of my beliefs and my stand with them. I do try to live in the way that Christ would want me to. Not because I want people to think "Oh, he's such a good kid" or "wow, that guy is so spiritual". I want to live a good life because I know God wants me to live a Good life. I "fear not though the enemy derride" I have "Courage, for the Lord is on my side." This isn't for recognition or respect, but simply in hopes that I can set the example for my siblings and little cousins.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Braxton Foust
One word. Experiment. Anyone who has taken a statistics class can tell you that an experiment proves or disproves a causal relationship within a correlation. Simply put, if you experiment, and a result comes up again and again, than it is proven. So do an experiment. Read the Book of Mormon and write the feelings you have as you read it. Look for the good in the book, see what it teaches you about Christ and pay attention to how it makes you feel. Then take the challenge that is promised in the Book of Moroni, Chapter 10 verses 4 and 5. Pray to God, In the name of Christ, with a sincere heart truly wanting to know for yourself, and with real intent promising that you will act on the answer you get, and you will receive and answer from the Holy Ghost. When you do this experiment you will know that the Book of Mormon is true. If the Book of Mormon is true, than Joeseph Smith was a true prophet, if he was a true prophet than Christ did restore his true church to the earth, and it is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If you want to know, than experiment. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Braxton Foust
 Absolutely! The word Christian means Follower of Christ. As members of the LDS faith, we know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer. He accomplished the Atonement for us, the Atonement includes his suffering in Gethsemane, his suffering and death on the Cross, and his ressurection on the thrid day. He suffered for all of our sins in Gethsemane. In addition to suffering for our sins, he suffered for all of our pains and afflictions, physical, emotional, and spiritual. He "has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows" "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities" - Isaiah 53 4-5. He suffered and died for us on the cross, and he was ressurected on the third day. Because he died and was resurrected, we all will be too! We will all overcome physical death, or the separation of our bodies and our spirit. "He will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people" - Alma 7 12. Through his Atonement, we can be comforted through any trial, and we can be forgiven of our sins. This forgiveness allows us to overcome spiritual death, or the separation of us from God's presence. The blessings of the Atonement are available to all through Baptism by the proper Priesthood authority, and receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. We Invite all to come unto Christ, Yes, We are Christian!  Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Braxton Foust
Baptism is essential. The Doctrine of Christ is Faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Recieving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. The Book of Mormon helps us better understand what this all really means to us. The purpose of these 5 items is to fully partake of the Atonement, or Christ's suffering for us. Without all of these 5 "steps" (I use steps loosely as they are not things to check off a list) we cannot fully partake of the Atonement. Just as in all things, the authority is needed to perform sacred ordinances such as baptism. Jesus Christ called and ordained apostles during his mortal ministry. 3 of those original apostles, Peter, James, and John, came to Joseph Smith and, in the name of Jesus Christ, ordained him and gave him the priesthood authority of God. And so, the keys and powers of Baptism, and of salvation through obedience to God's laws, were restored. Baptism is essential to receive every blessing God has in store for us in this life and in the eternities. I invite everyone to read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and pray to God to know if it is true for themselves so they can fully partake of all the blessings God has for them. I promise you will come to know it is true. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Braxton Foust
Baptism is essential. The Doctrine of Christ is Faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Recieving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. The Book of Mormon helps us better understand what this all really means to us. The purpose of these 5 items is to fully partake of the Atonement, or Christ's suffering for us. Without all of these 5 "steps" (I use the word "steps" loosely as they are not things to check off a list) we cannot fully partake of the Atonement. Just as in all things, the authority is needed to perform sacred ordinances such as baptism. Jesus Christ called and ordained apostles during his mortal ministry. 3 of those original apostles, Peter, James, and John, came to Joseph Smith and, in the name of Jesus Christ, ordained him and gave him the priesthood authority of God. And so, the keys and powers of Baptism, and of salvation through obedience to God's laws, were restored. Baptism is essential to receive every blessing God has in store for us in this life and in the eternities. I invite everyone to read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and pray to God to know if it is true for themselves so they can fully partake of all the blessings God has for them. I promise you will come to know it is true. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Braxton Foust
The Law of Chastity is God's law to guide us towards eternal families. It is built on morality and purity. It was taught by Jesus Christ himself. We see the Law of Chastity all throughout the Bible, starting "In the beginning" and going all the way through The book of Revelation. We also see it throughout the Book of Mormon. God wants us all to experience happiness in this life and in the life to come. The only way to be truly happy, with nothing wavering and with nothing lacking, is with an eternal family. in order to have this blessing, we must be sealed together by God's priesthood authority. Just as Christ gave Peter the Keys to seal things on Earth and in Heaven, so it is today. The prophet holds the keys to the sealing of families. The Law of Chastity protects us from the moral dangers in the world. It allows us to keep ourselves free from sexual sin, whether it be very severe, or seemingly harmless. As we do this, we are saved from the shame and guilt brought to us by sexual sin, and we have the opportunity to be with our families forever. God loves us. That is why he has revealed this law in every dispensation. He has provided a way for us to live with our families forever. I invite you to know for yourself that this is true. Read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and pray to know for yourself it is true. God will tell you. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Braxton Foust
Read the dictionary entry to cult. Not only is mormonism a cult, but so is every other religion in the world. Not only that, but so is the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts, the YMCA, and the PTSA at your elementary schools. Cult has had a negative connotation for years. Calling The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a cult is just a pathetic attempt to give a negative connotation to the name of our church. Some of our practices are a little different than other religions, so what? It's not like we're doing some crazy animal or human sacrifices to pagan gods on the first full moon of the 3rd month if it lands on an odd day. No, instead we do crazy things like eating a piece of bread and drinking a small cup of water blessed by the priesthood in remembrance of Christ's flesh and blood(See Matthew 26 verses 26-28) And we baptize by immersion (See Matthew 3 verses 13-17) and we do baptisms for the dead (See 1 Corinthians 15 verses 28-29). Just a Christ taught, the spirit of contention is of the devil, and so I hold no grudge towards any who call us a cult. I simply invite all to read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and find out for themselves if it is true. Ask God. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Braxton Foust
The law of tithing is not a new thing by any means. God has commanded his children to pay a tithe since the beginning. But tithing is not meant to pay for a leader's house or car, it is not for any person's personal gain. It is for the building up the kingdom of God, for the benefit of all men. The church has no debt, because of tithing. We have over one hundred temples, all of which are completely paid for, same with the thousands of chapels. Tithing, like all commandments, comes with blessings. God promises us blessings in Malachi "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10 The Scriptures only refer to opening the windows of heaven twice. The first time is in Genesis when the windows of heaven were opened and the Earth Flooded because there was not room to receive the water. With that visual in your mind, think about how the blessings God has promised us for paying our tithing will come. The blessings will be poured out so there is not room enough to receive them. God has promised us that through his prophets. I know it is true because I have seen it for myself. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Braxton Foust
Mormons are regular people. We work, go to school, eat, play, and have strengths and weaknesses. Our lifestyle is not that different than most of the world. The majr differences are in that we are taught to abstain from Tobacco, Alcohol, Tea, Coffee, and other harmful and/or illegal drugs. We also know that our bodies are very sacred and we choose not to get tattoos because it is a temple of the Holy Ghost (1 corinthians 6:19). Because our bodies are sacred and the power of procreation is sacred, We are taught to save sexual relations for marriage. These lifestyles are for our good. God gave us these commandments, and all men and women should live by them, whether or not they are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The "mormon lifestyle" is not anything crazy or out of this world. It is simply a lifestyle with the intent of achieving exaltation in the Kingdom of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Braxton Foust
Negative. Joseph Smith was an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, like Peter, James, John, Paul, or the other ancient apostles. He was an instrument in the Lord's hands, restoring the fulness of the Gospel like the prophets before him. He, like all true prophets of God, recieved priesthood authority by the laying on of hands by those who had recieved it from others who had recieved it from Christ. He also recieved revelation from our Father in Heaven. He then taught those things to the member's of Christ's church. We do not worship Joseph Smith, we revere him the way we revere Peter, or Moses. We only worship God our Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less