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Hi I'm Brandon

I'm a brother and son. I am a Truman Scholar and Pickering Fellow. I'll be a diplomat for the United States. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a brother and son. I have two biological and one cousin brother, all of whom are younger than me. I am politically active. I'm politically moderate, but find myself working with Democrats. I am committed to a life of public service. I enjoy being involved in local politics and government. I am a 2011 Harry S. Truman Scholar. I am a Thomas R. Pickering Fellow, member of the State Department Foreign Affairs Fellows Cohort 18. I am contractually committed to enter the Foreign Service during the summer of 2014 after finishing graduate school. As a Foreign Service Officer, I will work to serve Americans abroad, protect America at home, promote democracy, and secure international stability and prosperity. I believe where much is given, much is required. I feel I have been given much and that I must be my brother's keeper. I speak English and Czech. I learned Czech while serving as a volunteer missionary for my church in the Czech Prague Mission. This language has had an unanticipated influence on my life since my missionary service completed. I love the Czech people, their language, their culture, and their history. I am a student of economics and political science. I hope to study foreign affairs with an emphasis on energy and conflict management for my graduate degree.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. That doesn't mean that I'm not a convert. I had to go through the same conversion process as anyone else. I'm a Mormon because I took the challenge to read the Book of Mormon and ask my Heavenly Father if it was true. I did just that and received an answer to my prayers that confirmed the veracity of the Book of Mormon and the reality of the restoration of the Gospel and Priesthood on the Earth. This is the foundation of my faith and everything else that follows. I continue to be a Mormon because I see the blessings that flow from understanding the doctrine and following the commandments that God has given us. It gives me hope and understanding about the purpose of this life, what I am here to accomplish in this world, and what is to come and can be the potential for hereafter. It has helped my family have strong, loving relationships. Living the gospel makes me more effective at everything else I do, whether it be being able to be energetic for early morning meetings as I'm not dependent on coffee or being given extra responsibility at political events because I can be counted on to be sober and a professional representative. Living the restored gospel brings me great peace and happiness and helps me be the best that I can be. I chose to serve a mission when I was 20-years-old. I feel the gospel has blessed my life so abundantly. I also know there are many people in the world who are searching and yearning for something that feels missing in their life. I can't imagine how I would feel if I were in that situation and someone next to me had the answer to my questions and couldn't be bothered to share it with me. I've been so blessed. The least I can do is be open enough that others can see the source of that peace and be willing to talk with them so they may have the a chance to find that same joy and peace.

How I live my faith

There are many things that I do to live my faith. I converse with my Heavenly Father through prayer as I start and end my day. I try to study His words through ancient and modern scripture each day. I attend my church services weekly. I have had the opportunity to serve as a Sunday School teacher in my wards; I derive great pleasure in studying the gospel in preparation of teaching a class and helping them feel the Spirit. Living my faith often distinguishes me as living a peculiar lifestyle. I don't drink alcohol or coffee, use drugs, or engage in immorality. I attend church services every Sunday and refrain from shopping or eating out on the Sabbath. I try to have clean language and conversation. My faith also teaches me it is important to truly respect women. I anticipate as a Foreign Service Officer, I will spend most of my life in places where the church is not well-known and even misunderstood. I am excited for this opportunity to help spread the gospel to those who are searching for it and help local wards and branches throughout the world in whatever manner the Lord sees fit for me to do. I have come to realize that I am often put in situations where I am seen as a representative of the members of the church. Often in my academic and professional life, I am the only member of the church present. I find this often gives me an opportunity to meet people who may be searching for something and not have what I have been blessed to be given. I feel I am blessed with great opportunity to meet those who have not yet come in contact with the restored gospel; it is a real blessing to be able to be the first to really introduce someone to it. A cliche states that as "mormons," we need to be in the world, but not off the world. While I feel blessed to have plentiful opportunities to be "in the world," not being "of the world" makes me stand out and gives me opportunity to serve.