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Hi I'm Brady.

I'm an American Sign Language missionary in Arizona. I'm a guitar player. I'm a big brother. I'm a metal-head. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Texas -Go Cowboys!- and in my short time in life, I've had the opportunity to be in commercials, films and tv shows, develop a deep passion for music through my guitar *ESP MH-250 w/ Non-active EMG 100s* for about 10 years, play in a few different bands, listen to thousands of bands from genres ranging from indie/acoustic, to hardcore and metal, get crazy at skateparks doing aggressive inline rollerblading, grow my love for Jesus Christ, and eventually put all that on hold for 2 years and become a missionary for my Savior. I'm teaching the Deaf of Arizona in American Sign Language, and I love it more than anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, and though I knew how to follow all the rules and not get in trouble, I didn't really understand what it meant to be a Mormon. I came to a point in my life where I was only following the rules because I was supposed to, not because I had a reason. I had to come to know for myself that Jesus Christ was my Savior, and through reading and praying about the Book Of Mormon, I learned that truth in a way that I can't ever deny. I know the Book of Mormon is also the word of God, as is the Bible. I know that Jesus Christ loves me, and I know that God has once again called a prophet on the earth.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as an American Sign Language missionary in the Arizona, Mesa Mission, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone who will give me 5 minutes of their time. Know someone?

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Brady.
Ok, so when a person decides to really follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized *see Matt. ch.3 v.13-15 and 2nd Nephi ch.3 v.15-7, they're awesome*, they understand that in order to be obedient to God's commandments, we need to be baptized BY someone who holds the correct Priesthood authority given them from God. That person is then washed TOTALLY clean of every single sin they have ever done in their life, clean in their heart, their slate, and in the eyes of God. It's the most incredible thing. We all need to be baptized! Even Jesus Christ, who was totally perfect was baptized, to show us how important it is to keep EVERY commandment Heavenly Father gives us. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Brady.
A lot of different people actually, all called to be God's prophets during different points in time between 600 B.C. and 400 A.D.. The Book Of Mormon is an abridgment of hundreds of ancient records that different prophets & members of the Lord's Primitive Church kept updated throughout their lives; like journals you and I keep. All were written here, in the Americas, & all of them describe the events that happened throughout their lives. Eventually, Christ comes & visits the people HERE on the American Continent, proving that God does, in fact, love everyone equally, and doesn't favor one group of people over another. All those people keeping "journals" like I said before, wrote down what Christ said & kept records of what happened after He left. All those records were read to find the most important and precious parts, & abridged into one Book by a prophet-historian named Mormon, under the direction of God. Close to completion, when Mormon gave it to his son, Moroni to finish it, who added a few words of his own & eventually hid the record in the earth. He did this because of a great war taking place which literally destroyed ALL of the Nephite people, whom Mormon and Moroni were of. Joseph Smith was led to find that Book EXACTLY where Moroni hid it, when Moroni, 1400 year later, appeared to Joseph Smith & showed him where it was. The Book was translated by the Power of God into the English Language initially & has since been exactly translated into 98 other languages. Show more Show less

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

Brady.
*Sweet, I love this question. Well, we learn from the Bible that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, right? Good, you must believe in the Bible, too. So, in ancient times past, Heavenly Father instituted the practice of polygamy among His followers, usually for economic reasons and for the preservation of His people, and dissolving it when it was no longer needed. In the mid-1800's, Heavenly Father instituted the same practice again with the early Latter-Day Saints, in order to preserve His people, and give the women whose husbands had passed away prematurely someone to take care of and provide for them. Still with me? Ok, cool. *So, the casual student of history and social movements will know that until very recently, women had always been dependant on men, there were no Equal-Rights movements, and women didn't have the same opportunities in the past that they do now to work and provide for themselves. That's just the way the world was. If the Lord hadn't instituted plural marriage at that time, instead of just husbands passing away, wives would have also died, as well as all their children, due to no one providing for them. In God's wisdom, He provided a way to have all His commandments fulfilled and all His sheep taken care of. *Now, many people observe this commandment and say that it contradicts God's nature, "If God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, He wouldn't change a commandment He's already given us. Why don't you still practice it?" *God DOES change commandments He gives us. All the time throughout the Bible, actually. Take a look at Abraham who was COMMANDED by God to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Abraham begrudgingly obeys and is about to sacrifice Isaac, when an angel appears and says to stop, that God no longer commands it. *Another one? God COMMANDED the Israelites to go to the Promised Land right? ok, well at one point in their sojourn, they didn't obey this commandment, and so God CHANGED His commandment and told them to stay put for 40 years. *How about the most obvious one of Christ fulfilling the Mosaic Law and changing what was practiced for thousands of years and calling people to live a different and higer law. If you're still practicing the blood sacrifices of lambs and only taking a certain amount of steps on the Sabbath, you might not believe that, but if you believe in Jesus Christ, then check it out, you already believe that God can and will change His commandments, for our good. *God's PRINCIPLES of strict obedience to His commandments will NEVER change, God preserving His children will NEVER change, God's infinite love for us will NEVER change, but the commandments he gives us can change, as He, in His Omniscient wisdom, sees fit for us. *If you believe that God loves us and wants the best for us, you already believe in this principle! Pretty cool, yeah? Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Brady.
STOP LOOKING AT IT. It cheapens your soul and makes your life worthless. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Brady.
Check it; everything that Jesus said and did had significance and importance, right? Christ called 12 Apostles. 12 of them. When he left the earth, and Judas had already committed suicide, the Apostleship was down to 11, and they needed a 12th member. This is evidenced by the Book Of Acts, ch. 1, when the Apostles, before doing ANYTHING else, have to get together again, hold a council, and call a 12th. Each time an Apostle was killed, martyred, or exiled, it was necessary to call a new one to replace the now vacant position. Sadly, they didn't have cars, Facebook, Skype, or any of the methods of travel/communication we have now, so the Apostleship, by the agency and wickedness of men, was eventually dissolved. Thank goodness for the Restoration :) Show more Show less