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Hi I'm Braden

I'm a chocoholic, movie watching, movie quoting, Disney loving, cookie making, American/Canadian, blogging, writing Mormon!

About Me

I love to read and write...and I am going to be a famous author one day. So look for me on New York Times Bestselling list...eventually. Writing is my dream and my passion. From novels to songs and blogging, putting my thoughts and feelings onto a page is how I feel I can truly express myself. I am a chocoholic. I admit, I will never turn down an oppurtunity to take a chocolate break. I was born in Canada so I am a dual citizen. Being American/Canadian is great, you the best of both worlds. I love my family! They mean the world to me. In moving across continents and states, we've been tried and tested. But as we stick together, our bond has grown stronger everyday.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church. A lot of people think that when you are born into this religion, you are forced to stay and that you don't get to choose how you live your life. But that is NOT true!! This gospel is all about choice. We want everyone even the life-long members to pray and to find out if this is true. We need to recieve a witness after the trial of our faith. And believe me, it's hard to have your faith tried. When I was a freshman in high school, I had a really good friend that had a strong Christian background. We kind of stuck together because our standards were similar. One day after looking through the Bible, I found a reference to "dragons". She and I read the same kind of books, so I showed her and she looked through my Bible. She was really excited to see mine and then brought her's the next day. She looked through mine a little bit more and asked some simple questions about the Book of Mormon. The next day, she brought her Bible along with pages from websites about why Mormonism was wrong. Everyday there seemed to be something new that she was telling me about how I lived was false. I was confused. How could she be doing this to me? This is who I am and how I've lived my entire life! Is everything wrong? I tried to deal with it all by myself, but I eventually turned to my family for help. They gave me numerous references that I could use for a "come-back". I didn't want to argue. That's not who I am. One night, I had all the pages she'd given me, including the letters she wrote. I thought to myself, "Is everything that I've been taught my entire life wrong? What could push someone to tear down everything that I am? IS all that I am wrong?" I then felt absolutely alone. I felt like someone was crushing my heart and almost that I couldn't breath. I immedeately knelt down and began to pray to Heavenly Father. I was suddenly full again. That warmth feeling throughout me and I know that this is real and true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being me! I am currently serving a mission in Minnesota, but back home I taught some of the kids in the congregation. I also wrote a play for our congregation, which was a dream come true. The work that we do in this church is amazing! You get to interact with people that you would've never imagined talking to or meeting in your entire life. Who would imagine me, going to Minnesota, having to endure the winters, teaching and talking to people from the mid-west and making life long relationships with some amazing people. I couldn't ask for more.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Braden
No, it is simply a choice the we have to make. It's like everything in life, we must take our decision to God and see if it's best for us. I know it's what God wanted me to do, but it is different for everyone in whatever stage of their life they may be in. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Braden
I think that some people call this church a cult is because they don't understand who we are and what we are all about. We are a religion of faith and joy and we know that families can be together forever and that God lives! Doesn't sound cult-ish to me. The world will always have this "idea" of what a Mormon is, and it's up to all those that know the truth about it to break down those stereotypes. Serving my mission, a lot of people tell me about what we "do". But it's tools like mormon.org that truly help people understand who we are by what we believe. Show more Show less

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

Braden
Mormon's live the kind of life that God wants all His children to live. It's hard! But if we want to be closer to God, have a better relationship with Him and our family, it shouldn't be easy. We have to push ourselves and prove that we can be ready to do all that God wants us to do. If anyone wants to be close to God, why wouldn't you live this way? Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Braden
We belive in the Bible because it is the word of God. When you see our canon of scriptures, the Bible always comes first. Why is that? Because the Bible teaches us things about our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that the Book of Mormon doesn't. Together they are the full gospel, but we cannot have them apart. The Bible teaches us many things. The Old Testament teaches us who our Heavenly Father is and that we are His children, along with who the Son of God is. The New Testament gives us the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, includes the Atonement and His Ressurection. Without the Bible, I don't think my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ would be as strong as it is. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Braden
Being Mormon is a way of life. It is not something that one can take lightly or treat as if it is nothing. This is a lifelong commitment that we are making with our Heavenly Father. We promise to follow Him, which is obviously easier said than done. But by doing so, He promises us so much. A lot of people have misconceptions about what being a Mormon is like. But we are just like everyone else. We have knowledge that brings us peace and happiness in life that we want to share with the whole world. Being Mormon is being with your family forever. Being Mormon is recieveing guidance from God everyday. Being Mormon is awesome! Being Mormon gives me the chance to see the true potential in myself and all the people around me. This is an amazing life that I wouldn't trade for anything. Show more Show less

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

Braden
The whole world testifies that there is a God. Whenever I see the beautiful things around me that God has created, I cannot help but be thankful to Him for making all of this for us. We see so many miracles in our lives everyday that you have to admit, someone greater is watching over us and helping us out. I also know that there is a God by how I have felt Him in my life. Whenever I am with my family and I feel their love for me, I think of Heavenly Father and the love that He has for all of us. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Braden
From having the gift of the Holy Ghost, we can recieve guidance on every aspect of our lives. It doesn't have to be something about God or church. God loves us and He wants us to be happy. He wants us to make it back to Him. And that path to Him goes up and down, left and right and there are so many decisions to make in this life. So to help us, we have the Holy Ghost. As members of Christ's church, we have the gift of the Holy Ghost and its contant companionship, if we are worthy of it. With that gift, we can recieve answers to prayers in diverse ways. We can be guided on all our decision, big or small. I rely on the Holy Ghost so much! What I should do from day to day, what lesson to share at church, which classes to take in school, even to buy something! We can always got to God and ask Him questions. The more we involve Him in our lives, the more we see Him in our lives. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Braden
We live in a day and age where these values are thrown by the wayside and replaced with temporary pleasure. How can I look the best today and impress everyone? How can I stand out in the crowd? These things don't matter at all! I've tried to ride that train, and I was derailed pretty fast. As we live, we should strive to please our Heavenly Father, in all things. Just because we look happy or look like we're having fun on the outside, doesn't mean that we are feeling the same on the inside. And that's what Heavenly Father cares about. He wants us to know our true potential and who we can become. We shouldn't let the world's idea of that cloud our true eternal path. Parents need simply teach who to be and how we can be who our Heavenly Fathers sees when He looks at us. We have divine potential and we should live that way everyday. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Braden
Relief Sociey is an organization organized under the priesthood for the women of the church. Like all the organizations and groups in the church, it helps the women realize and fulfill their potential as daughters of God. They bring relief to those in need and look after the welfare of those in the ward. This Society is something that truly inspires me as they act and do the errand of angels, something I know that I could never do. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Braden
In the Book of Mormon, it says that the purpose of life is for all of us "to perform their labors". I was always confused about that. Labors? Does that mean I have some certain tasks that I have to do? Sort of. God has given us a Plan to follow in this life. Of course the journey that we all will take will be different. But the end goal is all the same. God wants us to live with Him again, and in order to do that, we have to fulfill our purpose and Plan. Now, that's where those "labors" come in. God has commanded us to do certain things in this life. As we obey His commandments, we will all learn and grow in this life. There is another verse in the Book of Mormon that talks about how we will be the same person in this life as in the next. So as we learn and grow, the things that we learn will come with us into the next life, preparing us to meet God. Life is hard! And I think it's a great blessing to have this gospel be such a guide for me. Without it, I don't think I'd have the purpose and the drive that I have today. It gives me reason to keep going and look forward to tomorrow when it's filled with clouds. I know that this isn't it, that we have something to look forward to. We will have relief from our sorrows and cares as we walk forward with faith and hope in this life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Braden
Families is where we can have the greatest happiness in life. It's where we learn and grow the most in life. It's where we can increase our faith in Jesus Christ and prepare to live with our Heavenly Father. Now, I have to give a disclaimer to this one, there is no such thing as a perfect family. It would sure be nice to have a perfect home where we can go to and feel confident that no one will fight or bicker and that everyone will have had a good day and that the sun will shine all day long on that home. Well, although that sounds pretty good, it will never happen. But there is a way to have the Son's light shining always on us, and that's through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. With this gospel, we can live with our families forever in perfect joy in the next life. As we learn and grow in this life through our trials, we can prepare to live with Heavenly Father again. Because of the Atonement and the Resurrection of the Savior, we can live again. But not alone, with our families for all eternity. That sounds so great to me! Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Braden
We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by learning about Him. My faith is strengthend when I learn new things and see if they are true or not. Just because I'm a Mormon doesn't mean I don't listen to other people's ideas about God. I think sometimes that's a common misconception about Mormons, is that we only listen to Mormons. Although some may shut other people out, it's important to me to listen to other people and see if what they have will add to my faith. Another way that we can increase our faith is by the trials that we face in life. We shouldn't go out and seek trials, because God is willing to give us some if we really want them =) But as we face our trials with a hope in Christ, our faith in strengthed. I've definetly seen that in my life and I'm so glad for the anchor that my faith has given me. Show more Show less