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Hi I'm Brian

I sing. I play piano. I'm a college student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musician at heart. I love to improvise on the piano and sing. I also love to dance and, well, do just about anything related to music. Music something to experience and be a part of. I am the second oldest of four boys and my brothers are my best friends. I love to do stuff with my family. My parents are incredible. As a college student, I am studying computer science. Kinda nerdy, I know.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by my parents who are members of the church. Growing up I was a "good boy" and kept the commandments, but never really questioned anything. As a teenager I began to realize I need to stand on my own two feet, not just what my parents and church told me. I didn't have any particular reason to question, but I felt it wrong to dedicate myself to something I didn't really believe in myself. So I began reading the Book of Mormon with the intent to pray and get an answer from God as to whether or not the book was true. I did pray, on multiple occasions, and didn't seem to get anything. That was I little bit discouraging, but I continued to search. One night I had finished some reading in the Book of Mormon and was thinking about what the book and the church as a whole had done for me. I realized the values and morals I had learned and lived were true, in that they helped me lead a good life. I could see that from the contrast of those who didn't hold the same standards. I wanted to have good in my life (who doesn't). And as I realized that, I felt something. I cannot really describe what it was, but I've come to recognize it as the Holy Spirit speaking truth to me.

How I live my faith

I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that He has living prophets in these days. Being a member of this church is how I live in harmony with that idea. I follow the doctrines taught (as best I can) and have seen many blessings come into my life as a result. Especially this was seen as I served a full-time two-year mission for the church. There is nothing better than being the bearer of the good news (the gospel of Jesus Christ). I continue to seek the Lord's will for my life everyday, through prayer with my Heavenly Father. Also I study the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and other revelations given through God's prophets. In general, I try and follow Jesus Christ's invitation "follow me" by trying to do what He would do. I love God and love my fellow-men.

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

Brian
The missionaries are there to help people follow Jesus Christ, but they want to care about you as an individual. They will probably first talk about you. They are not sales-people. They want to help you find more happiness, and they know that occurs as we live our lives closer in harmony with Jesus Christ's teachings. But you have to realize that for yourself. Whether you have never heard of Jesus Christ, or already have a firm faith in Him, the unique truths restored through the prophet Joseph Smith will bless your life. The missionaries will simply invite you to do things to live in harmony with these truths, such as praying, reading the Book of Mormon, coming to church, and being baptized. I know your life will be blessed if you choose to accept these invitations, because I've seen it happen many times. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Brian
Jesus Christ was baptized to "fulfill all righteousness"Matt 315. For us to follow His example we must be baptized as He was. Since the times of the ancient apostles, the manner and meaning of baptism has been debated and altered. Today there are many forms of baptism. Paul wrote that in his day there was "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." Obviously things have changed. Through the prophet Joseph Smith, God revealed the proper mode of baptism and its correct meaning. Baptism is how we make a covenant, or promise, with God. We commit ourselves to follow God's commandments and take the name of Jesus Christ upon ourselves. As God recognizes our ordinance and promise, He, in return, offers us the greatest influence of Christ's atonement and the blessings of eternal life, conditional on us keeping our promise. God can bless those who are not baptized, but to obtain the greatest of His blessings, we must exercise greater obedience. Show more Show less