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Hi I'm Brandon Neubert

I'm a photographer, film editor, business student, skier, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

You know, writing an introduction of myself for this page was hard. When it all boils down, I focus on getting my business degree, my work as a photographer and film editor and look at my skis all summer while I wait for winter. When I write about myself, it's mostly in my blog about my photography. But the most important thing about me is written about my faith in Christ, which you will read below.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon is more than a Sunday deal. I don't consider myself to be the best Mormon out there. Sometimes I can really lose my temper. Sometimes I forget to pray or read my Bible and Book of Mormon. There are times when inappropriate thoughts creep into my head. I'm just a person. But being a member of Christ's church helps me to know that I can change all of that. I wasn't born as an unchangeable being. The very thought of that makes me feel out of control, being unable to change my destiny. But as William Ernest Henley said in my favorite piece of poetry: Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. Through Christ and his sacrifice for my soul, He has given me the power to shape my future both in this life and the life to come. For one to think his everyday decisions in this life will not affect his destiny is, quite frankly, an ignorant one. We are filled with great power and must live a life of responsibility for our actions. A simple vocal recognition cannot save us, for as Christ taught us in the New Testament, we must live lives of honor and sacrifice. We must live the commandments, because they are commandments, not suggestions. We all screw up. I'm not perfect. But with the power of Christ's sacrifice all those errors will be wiped clean. For as Christ has offered us forgiveness he has given us the ability to be our own masters. For: I am the Master of my Fate. I am the Captain of my Soul.

How I live my faith

My biggest passion is photography, particularly landscape photography. When I go out and hike, I always am in awe at the things around me. I love to create. But when I create through my photography, I recognize that my images are just a mirror of what God has already created. As the Grand Architect, Engineer and Master Artist, he has created everything on this earth I would like to mimic with my camera. When I create my images, I strive to capture not what I see, but rather what I feel inside. When I look through the camera's eye, I strive to find the angle and look of what I feel. It's often a feeling of awe and insignificance. When I hike through Yellowstone National Park, or Zion, or Glacier, or... anywhere really - I know that it was all part of God's plan. This planet was given to us as a place to really live life, and I strive to make my life meaningful every day. This earth was created to be something beautiful, and we're all a part of that beauty. As God's creations, we all play an important role on this earth. You and I are part of something much greater than ourselves. When I take pictures of the heavens and the earth, the beauty around us is beyond our understanding. There is nothing I can capture that God has not seen or touched. Just as he shaped the mountains of the North, he has the power to help us shape our own lives. But he will not shape them for us. Our decisions will affect eternity. Life is more than simply recognizing Christ as our Savior. I would ask, "how can I recognize Christ as my Savior if I don't recognize his teachings?" Living his teachings means forgiving others and tolerance, but it also means standing up for what's right, regardless of the consequences. Christ was killed for his teachings. Should we not be willing to die for them too? What a spit in his face if we don't do as he did, and that includes standing against the popular vote when it needs be done.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Brandon Neubert
40 And now what evidence have ye that there is no God, or that Christ cometh not? I say unto you that ye have none, save it be your word only. 41But, behold, I have all things as a testimony that these things are true and ye also have all things as a testimony unto you that they are true and will ye deny them? Believest thou that these things are true? 44 ...Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy breteren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea and all things denote there is a God yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator. -Alma chapt 30 vs.40, 41 & 44 on page 283  Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Brandon Neubert
Testimony is personal knowledge of the Gospel of Christ. Like a testimony in a court, a Testimony in the church displays the belief and faith of the individual. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Brandon Neubert
That would be Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father God. Throughout time, God calls prophets to teach the gospel to the people on the earth. People in the Holy Bible, such as Moses, Noah, or Abraham. These people lead and teach the word of God, and hold the Authority to act in God's name. We read in the Bible and the Book of Mormon that people listen to these prophets, then reject them. We call this an apostacy, a time when there is no prophet on the earth. Christ came to the earth as the Son of God, and established his church. But we know that the people rejected and killed Christ and his 12 Apostles Peter, James, Mark, etc and we no longer had a prophet on the earth. Joseph Smith is just another prophet called of God, and recieved the Authority that the prophets of old had. We were given the Book of Mormon as evidence of this. What we do as missionaries is invite people to read the Book of Mormon, pray to know of it's truthfullness, and be baptised as a member of God's church, just as Christ instructed while on the earth. Don't take our word that the church is true, read and pray to know it is yourself! 1 Corinthians 215 says "...your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." Show more Show less

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

Brandon Neubert
The Bible is the Word of God. Teachings of Christ's ministry on this earth, and the writings of the ancient prophets are contained in the Holy Bible. We use the Book of Mormon in addition to the Bible, because over time after the apostles were killed, segments and truths were changed or removed. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the Gospel, and fills in those gaps caused by time. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Brandon Neubert
Mormons live normal lifestyles just like everyone else! We have jobs, we go to school, we raise families, the only difference I can think of is that we avoid alchohol and tobacco, tea and coffee, and other substances that may be harmful to our health. We go to church every Sunday, and read/study the scriptures daily or should. Nothing much is different. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Brandon Neubert
The Bible is the Word of God. Teachings of Christ's ministry on this earth, and the writings of the ancient prophets are contained in the Holy Bible. We use the Book of Mormon in addition to the Bible, because over time after the apostles were killed, segments and truths were changed or removed. The Book of Mormon contains the fullness of the Gospel, and fills in those gaps caused by time. I love studying the Bible, and always learn something new from it.  Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Brandon Neubert
Why not? God called prophets for his children in the ancient times when they needed one, I think we definately need one today. With all the confusion and thousands of different churches teaching different things from the same Bible, a Prophet today helps set everything straight. To know if we have a prophet today, read the Book of Mormon, and pray to know of its truthfulness. That's the only way anyone can know for themselves. You can obtain a Book of Mormon through the top of this webpage, and missionaries like myself will hand-deliver it to you, and answer any questions you may have about prophets, God, or anything you need or want to know. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brandon Neubert
This is a tough one to explain, but if you listen with an open heart you can understand. The doctrine of Grace is this. We read in Ephesians 25-9 and other areas of the Bible that "For by grace are ye saved through faith and not of yourselves it is the gift of God Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 28-9". This is telling us just how important Christ is. We cannot be saved of our own good works. The only work that we can do is Repent of our sins, and that is only possible through Christ's sacrifice for us. Baptism is necessary as well. In Mark 14 we read "Baptism of repentance for the remission of sins." Christ did his part, now we need to do ours. Repent, and Be Baptised. Romans 24 says "...not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" also Romans 38 "And not rather, as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say, Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just." The teachings of Christ and his apostles in the Bible point toward having to repent and be baptised. Christ was perfect, and yet was still baptised. How much more need have we to be baptised as well? Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Brandon Neubert
The Book of Mormon is an additional testimony of Jesus Christ. We use it because over time after Christ and his Apostles were killed, segments and doctrines in the Bible were changed or removed. Joseph Smith recieved and Translated the Book of Mormon as another document, similar to the Bible, so that those truths could be restored. It's a record of the people and Prophets in the American Continent during the same time frame as the Bible. Joseph Smith did not Write the Book of Mormon, he Recieved and Translated it. The Book of Mormon is just additional truth about Christ and his Ministry. It's important to know that Joseph Smith didn't WRITE the Book of Mormon, it was given him from God. 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?

Brandon Neubert
We have been commanded to avoid coffee, tea, and alcohol by God, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. It's important to remember that all of God's commandments are here to keep us safe and happy. People may argue that tea is actually good for you, but if it was, why would God command us to avoid it? We should desire to keep all of God's commandments, no matter what our personal feelings may be toward them. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Brandon Neubert
We will probably talk about the Restoration of the Gospel of Christ first, how prophets were on the earth preaching the gospel, Christ's ministry, and how after his death the full truth was lost over time, and had to be restored by a new prophet. However, it is not our job to teach lessons, we teach people. We will teach any topic or subject that the family or individual needs at the time. Anything from their relationship with God, to where we came from, why we're here, and where we're going. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Brandon Neubert
All worthy Mormons are allowed into the temple. The reason why not everyone can enter the temple is it is a very sacred place where we make covenants promises with the Lord. There are some very sacred things that are only discussed in the Lord's house Temples, and it is a place of great learning and experience that I want everyone to be worthy to enjoy. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Brandon Neubert
100 of all tithing goes to the construction of Church Meetinghouses, Temples, Humanitarian Efforts, and the overall building of the Lords Church. Bishops, Members, Missionaries as myself and our Prophet are not paid through tithing, or paid at all. For instance, it costs me and my family $400 a month to be out on a mission. The money the church recieves through tithing is sacred, and is used to support the church as a whole. All church callings such as a Bishop or Teacher are done through service from the individual. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Brandon Neubert
 Baptism is a path that every human being must take. To be baptised shows your commitment to live the Gospel of Christ for the rest of your life. Baptism is also required for true repentance. When an individual is baptised by someone holding the authority to baptise, their sins are washed away. They have a new clean slate to start over. Without Baptism, salvation cannot be achieved. Only this church has the authority to baptise, because it was lost when Christ and the Apostles were killed. It was restored through the Prophet, Joseph Smith in the 1800's, by Peter, James, and John. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brandon Neubert
We are 100 Christian. Our entire belief is focused around Jesus Christ, and that he is the reedeember of the world. On my mission, I've heard many people tell me that we don't live a christian life, because we live contrary to the Bible. This isn't true, our own prophets wrote the Bible! in ancient times of corse, not prophets today. You will never ever find anything we teach that goes contrary to anything in the Bible. Christ is our Savior and Reedeemer. Through him, we can find peace, happiness, and salvation. Show more Show less