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Hi I'm Brennan

I'm a student, a book junky, and a geek. I love to learn about everything I can. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm the kinda person who really loves to do most everything, as long as I'm not doing nothing. I'm the kind of person who is up for pretty much anything from sitting around talking to going bungee jumping or sky diving (not that I've ever been, but I want to someday). I love to be with my friends and the people that I care about. I enjoy gaming (most any kind, from video games to D&D), most any outdoor activities (except for skiing, i tend to break things when I try to ski), I absolutely love cooking and baking, working out, going for a good run, dancing, sitting around at home reading a good book, playing guitar. I love having new experiences and seeing new places. Personality wise I'm a very stubborn person, but only when it comes to things I'm passionate about. I am a very caring person, I love to be there for people as a shoulder to lean on and to lend a listening ear. I am also a very quiet person, which many people have taken to mean many things about my personality, really it just means that I'm quiet, I prefer listening to talking.

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a mormon because I know that being a member of this church is the only way to achieve true and lasting happiness in our lives on this earth and in the life to come. I am a mormon because living by the standards and the commandments that we accept and embrace as a church makes me the kind of person that I know that I want to be. And I am a mormon because it gives me hope, because if I weren't a mormon I wouldn't know what to think about whats coming next, where I'm going in my life or what I should do. Being a member of this church lets me know that there is hope, that I will see and know those that I have known and loved in this life and that there will be no end to happiness, love, joy, or anything good.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have served in many youth callings in the church, I served in most every leadership position that a young man can serve in, and that is one thing that has greatly strengthened me and helped me to see how God can take even a young, stupid boy and use him for His purposes. Overall, I strive to be the best example I can for others, I try to represent Jesus Christ as best I can and do all the things that I know that he would want me to do and all the things that he would do if he were on the Earth at this time, and that includes service to others and trying to help them to know how to one day return to live with God, our Heavenly Father, again.

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

Brennan
The most straightforward, honest, and simple answer I can think of, God commanded it, He had a reason, one that I don't know for sure and might not ever know while in this life, but it was what He saw fit to institute into His church at the time. At this time we view polygamy as a sin, it is not in line with what God commands any longer. Polygamy is something that, if members of the church try to practice it in these days, then they will be excommunicated from the church, it is not something we allow in this church any longer. I'll end with the same last line as given in the official answer from the church "The Lord's law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel." see Encyclopedia of Mormonism vol. 3, p. 1091-1095 Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Brennan
I can't speak for all missionaries, but hopefully the majority of missionaries are out proselyting because we have felt the great joy, the great love, the great peace that comes from living this gospel. We proselyte because we want all men and women to hear the good news, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we want everyone to know that we can not only have peace and happiness in this life, but that we can have eternal joy and neverending happiness and love with not only God and Jesus Christ, but with all our family in the life to come! We proselyte because we can not stand the thought that any soul should have to endure the pains of hell, the anguish of knowing what could have been and knowing that you did not live up to your full potential as one of God's very own greatly loved spirit children. We proselyte because we love you, no matter who you are, if you are reading this then we love you, and we proselyte because you are our brother or our sister and we want nothing more than for you to have eternal happiness. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Brennan
To stop the spread and the influence of pornography, first off, don't support it. Don't look at it, don't watch television shows that put it any kind of appealing light or put it any way that would downplay the seriousness of it. This is a weed that is choking out all the good fruit of society in these days, and it is a weed that most people see as a harmless flower. People don't see the destruction caused by pornography until it is too late quite often. Luckily to stick with the metaphor of weeds we have the ultimate weed killer. The atonement of Jesus Christ. If we turn to Jesus Christ, if we are willing to give up this great sin and we are willing to remake our views of the world, of ourselves, and of God, then we can be healed by the atonement of Jesus Christ. Once we are freed of the weed of pornography in our own lives we need to help those around us. We need to make our voices heard, we need to help others to understand the destructiveness and addictiveness and the evil of pornography. We need to help others to see past the harmless appearance of pornography and see how it is truly a poison that will destroy all the beautiful things in our lives and will eventually lead us to a place of darkness, misery, endless woe, and eternal torment. When others finally see this and are willing to continue to raise their voices against this great evil, then it will finally be stopped and the great weed will be destroyed. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Brennan
I honestly don't know the specifics of why we were commanded not to partake of alcohol, tea, and coffee, all I know is that, through Joseph Smith, God commanded that we are not to partake of these, along with any form of illegal drugs or tobacco. The Lord's law of health is, basically, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in their proper time and season, eat plenty of grains, eat a healthy amount of meat, in other words, eat meat sparingly, and otherwise keep your body physically healthy. As I said I don't know exactly why we're commanded not to take into our bodies the above mentioned substances, but I do know that God promises us great blessings, that we will have increased physical, mental, and spiritual health and that we will be able to feel the spirit of the Lord more abundantly in our lives. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Brennan
Basically, we baptize our new members because it is essential. To eventually return to live with God and Jesus Christ again we have to live our lives following the example of Jesus Christ and keeping all his commandments, one of which is baptism. Many have already been baptized and so they may ask why they need to be baptized again, that is because it is essential to be baptized by the Priesthood, or the authority given to man to act in God's name for the salvation of His children. That priesthood authority was restored to the Earth through the prophet Joseph Smith and so can only be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Baptism is one of the greatest benefits of joining the church, through baptism and confirmation we receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, receive full forgiveness for all our past sins, and if we live righteously, keep the commandments and do all that is necessary in this life, then we can return to God's presence. If you have any more questions, ask a missionary, click the chat button on this page, or you can have the missionaries come visit you in your home if you would like. Show more Show less