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Hi I'm Brandon

I love music. I'm a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 25 years old, and currently studying English, with minors in Music and Creative Writing, at Brigham Young University in Utah. Music is my passion. I sing, play the piano and organ, and also write my own songs in my spare time, along with being an avid music listener and fan of many different artists and genres. I also love to write poems, stories, blogs, etc. In 2014, I returned from serving as a full-time missionary in the Peru Arequipa Mission. Serving in Peru was an incredible experience, and I count the people of Peru that I was privileged to meet as part of my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be born into the Church, and all these years later, it's still a huge part of my life. The Gospel means so much to me that I can't even begin to describe it. It's shaped who I am, what I've chosen to be, what my life is like. I'm still a Mormon, and will always be, because the Church, through Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, brings happiness. No matter what goes wrong, no matter how my life may be going...when I turn to my faith, I find true happiness and joy. It's a blessing and a privilege I'm incredibly grateful to have, and I wouldn't give it up for the world.

How I live my faith

In my service as a full-time missionary, I had the opportunity to share the wonderful message of the Gospel with others. Outside of my mission, I have been able to serve in various callings within my local congregation, many of them involved with music. I have served as a pianist, organist, chorister, and a music coordinator at various times. I have also served as a home teacher for quite a while, something that really helped me prepare for my mission. We organize ourselves into pairs (much like missionaries), and we visit and teach families in our congregation and make sure that they are cared for and watched over. It's a great opportunity to serve others, and I learn quite a lot myself, along with the people that I am teaching and visiting.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Brandon
They're not. Young men like myself who reach the age of 18 and 19 are very strongly encouraged to serve a mission, if they're worthy and ready to go. Young women 19 and older are also encouraged to serve if they're able and willing. However, it's a personal choice...not a requirement. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Brandon
Yes. We even have an Article of Faith about it, which says "We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly." We believe the King James Version of the Bible to be the most accurate translation currently available today, and that is the one we use. The LDS version of the Bible includes the Joseph Smith Translation, which kind of 'fills in the holes' for some of the verses. However, nothing is changed in the text itself. The JST is presented as an addendum in the footnotes whenever a verse or passage it applies to comes up. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Brandon
Yes. Through the Plan of Salvation, all families can be together forever, through the Savior's Atonement. That means that marriage and family bonds don't end at death...they last through eternity. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Brandon
We dress for Church in our Sunday best: a white shirt, tie, black slacks, for men, a dress or skirt for ladies, nice shoes, etc. The reason you see a lot of us guys wearing white shirts instead of other colors is that white represents purity and cleanliness, and thus we're encouraged as Priesthood holders to wear that particular color shirt. It's not a hard-and-fast rule by any means. We wear our Sunday best because it shows that we're striving to become our very best...just like you would wear your best clothes to a job interview, for example, to show that you'll be the best candidate for the job. We celebrate all the normal holidays...Christmas, Fourth of July, Valentines' Day, New Years', Easter, even Halloween. Like it is across the country and across the world, each family chooses how they want to celebrate it. In pretty much every case, Mormons try to focus on family and togetherness when holidays come around, just like anyone else would. Show more Show less