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Hi I'm Brandon

I love soccer. I'm adopted. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love playing soccer! My position is Goal Keeper. I love and feed off of the stress of being the last person to stop the ball. I played all through high school and was looking to play college but I put everything on hold to serve a Full-Time LDS Mission. I'm adopted into a wonderful family and yes, I have met my Biological family. Meeting them has brought nothing but more love, and more joy into my life! I am so grateful for the plan that the Lord has for me! Being in a family where my parents and sisters don't look like me has given me a greater understanding for how God works in our individual lives!

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the Church, I wouldn't say that I have always been a Mormon. Growing up I went to Church every sunday and progressed just like any other kid in the Church. I didn't really have a testimony of the church. I would always just lean on the testimony of my parents. It was easy for me to be tossed to and fro by temptations that come from the devil. I didn't become strong in avoiding temptation until I read and prayed to gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon.  It wasn't until about a year before I began serving my full time mission that I sincerely gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon. I had been reading the Book of Mormon and praying to find out about its truth. I was at one of my friends house just hanging out with her, talking with her, and just doing stuff that friends do. Her dad started calling everybody in her family into the living room for nightly scripture study. She asked if I wanted to join them, I accepted, sat on the couch, and began to pull up the scriptures on my Ipod Touch, 'cause I thought I was cool like that. As we took turns reading, the Spirit was so strong! When it came to my turn to read, I read a maybe a couple words before I started to feel the Spirit stronger than I had ever felt it before. I had a burning feeling inside my chest that kept getting bigger and bigger until I was struggling to get the words I was reading from the Book of Mormon out of my mouth. When I had finished reading from the verse, an overwhelming feeling of peace came over me. It was at that point that I knew that the Book of Mormon was true and how important it was to have in the family. Ever since that moment I have considered myself a Mormon. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to gain more knowledge about my purpose on earth. When I gain that knowledge from the Book of Mormon and the Bible it gives me a greater perspective on life, a better understanding of some of the mysteries of God. When I study the scriptures, pray earnestly, and help others; I have strengthened my relationship with The Lord. That relationship continues to grow as I strive to do what He wants me to do.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Brandon
Anyone can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Priesthood was not allowed to African-Americans for a period of time. The reason for this is really unknown. There are different thoughts on the subject but I think the real answer is that God's ways are higher than man's ways. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brandon
The way you can know if it is true is by simply reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. Our whole Church is held together by the Book of Mormon. If Joseph Smith was really called by God then he had the power to translate the Book of Mormon. First you must gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon, then everything else will tie together. Show more Show less