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Hi I'm Brandon

I'm from Colorado. I love water sports. I love music. I have Asperger's. I'm at BYU. I'm a returned missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Texas but my home has been in the beautiful state of Colorado. I'm the oldest of three kids in my family and love all my family so much. I love swimming, it's the sport I've been good at for the last 14 years. I love to do other kinds of water sports as well like scuba diving, kayaking, boating, as long as there's water involved. I also like football, basketball, and volleyball. I'm a Jazz trombonist, I sing in the BYU Men's Chorus, and listen to or participate in many kinds of music; enjoying the good feelings that come from wholesome music. I love being with and serving my friends and family. I love a good laugh and always try to keep an sense of humor in any situation. I'm studying at BYU in Provo for a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Music. I served as a missionary in the California Oakland/San Francisco Mission from 2010-2012. I've been glad to be able to serve these two years and help others come closer to Christ. Since I was about 8 I have had a mild diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, which is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, but that hasn't stopped me from doing what I like to do or accomplish. It's been a challenge, but I work with it every day to better myself and develop talents from it. Since then I've strived to be a "normal kid" but have ended up exceeding that. To many I seem normal which has taken a lot of work, but I am grateful to God for His help in my life in strengthening me.

Why I am a Mormon

I actually have been raised in the Church but I've seen so many blessings in my life from it. I continue to follow the Gospel and strengthen my faith because I know that if I wasn't living the Gospel of Jesus Christ my life would be much different and wouldn't be as blessed as it is now. I used to do what I was told and had a testimony based off of others. Eventually I found out for myself that the Gospel is true, that God lives, that the healing power of the Savior's atonement is real, that the Gospel has been restored by a living Prophet, and that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. Living the Gospel of Christ has changed my views on life and now that I've seen the meaning of life I want to try to do the best I can in this life. I am grateful for God's plan for us and knowing that families can be together forever through living the Savior's teachings. I have found peace, purpose, strength, and guidance from the word of God found in His scriptures spoken from his prophets. I truly have found joy in knowing that we have a living prophet of God on the earth today as well as another testament of Jesus Christ that is the Book of Mormon to help guide me closer to God. I always love reading the Book of Mormon because it always answer even the deepest questions I have about life. Through it I have realized the true meaning of Jesus Christ's Atonement for all of us and how no matter what trials come upon us there is always one who knows what we're going through because He felt it too. Through that our burdens can be lifted of sin, sickness, pain, weakness, temptations, sorrows, and any other afflictions that weigh us down. We can receive strength in all our trials and be cleansed from our sins as we follow Him and His Gospel. As we do turn to Him he'll give us strength and help through His grace and we can overcome weaknesses and learn more of Him to bring the best things into our lives.

How I live my faith

I served in various callings from leading my own youth group to teaching Sunday School to others including children. As a missionary I saw so many ways the Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed the lives of others as well as mine. I served my Lord for 2 years inviting all to come unto the Savior, to take part in His Gospel, and know the peace and joy this Gospel shown in the Bible and Book of Mormon and in the words of living prophets today. Helping others come to Christ through his Gospel is such a great calling to have! I live the commandments of God and study the scriptures daily, both the Bible and Book of Mormon. I turn to the Lord daily in prayer for inspiration and support in my life and for others around me. Because of this I'm able to find my day to go by much better and I'm able to bring a better relationship with God into my life. I try to help others as best as I can as I follow Christ's example of charity and make sure everybody's happy. I give service to any who need it without complaint or hesitation. I strive everyday to improve myself and bring my life in better harmony with the Savior's teachings. I know that as I do my best and trust in the Savior and have faith in Him, repent, live up to the promises made to Him at baptism, follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and endure faithfully to the end I'll be more happy than ever.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Brandon
Because we love other people and we want to help them come to Christ and feel the Spirit of the Lord bless their life through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The restored Gospel has given me peace in my life and has brought purpose and direction. I serve as a missionary because I want others to have that too. Think about it, if you discovered the cure for cancer or Alzheimer's wouldn't you want to share with everybody? That's how it is with the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news to all that can help us deal with lifes challenges, heal us from sorrow, guilt, regret, and injustice, and lead us in a path to eternal happiness. Sharing this full-time for two years is a privilege to be able to see others find this joy that I have experienced for myself, as well as a strengthening each other as children of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brandon
Mormons believe grace is from the Atonement of Jesus Christ and is a gift to all who are willing to accept it. As we accept this atonement, certain terms are given to be able to do as best as we can following and obeying commandments, making and keeping covenants, and striving to bring our lives in closer harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ. This grace is the mercy we receive from Our Savior when we come to that day of Judgment, but also it is a way we receive divine help and spiritual strength in those times when we fall short. Only the Savior was perfect and because of this He was able to perform the Atonement. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Brandon
Because of our agency and imperfections of mortality, we all have two things that hold us back from returning to the presence of God: Sin and Death. Jesus Christ was prepared from the foundation of the world to be our Savior by coming into this world and performing the Atonement, a sacrifice done for all of God's children. This sacrifice consisted of Jesus Christ's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, His death on the cross, and His Resurrection from the tomb. Because of His suffering in the Garden and on the cross He overcame the obstacle of sin from that sacrifice of the Son of God. and then overcame death that gives us hope for life now and life after death. Show more Show less