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Hi I'm Brandon

I'm a small town country boy with high hopes and big dreams. I like dancing, trucks, and chasing chickens and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town with a lot of family close by. So one of my favorite things to do is spend time with family. I went to college right after high school for a little while and learned a lot about myself there. I have done a little bit of everything as far as work goes, some typical, some not so typical. I really have a passion for dancing, music, and human interactions! I also like to garden, something that is really stress-relieving for me. In my family, we learned to work hard and play hard, something that I am very grateful for now. At this moment in time, I am serving as a missionary for my church in California, and loving it!

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because when I was young, 8 years old, God told me through the Holy Spirit that this church was true, that what the missionaries had taught me was true. Of course I didn't hear a voice, or see a vision, but I had a very special feeling come over me that I could not deny was the Holy Spirit. After that, everything just kind of rolled down hill I guess you could say. I know that the teachings of the church are true to my very core because I have done the things necessary to find out. I pray and ask God everyday for things that I need in my life and for that confirmation that what I am doing is good. I know that God answers prayers because I have seen it, in my own life, and in the lives of others. Miracles have not stopped happening, they happen everyday all around us, all that we have to do is learn how to recognize them for what they are.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone. Right now I am a full time missionary, so I have dedicated all of my time, for 2 years, to serving God by inviting people to learn more of Him. Before I went on a mission I served by helping with community service projects, organizing events for young people, and just trying to be a generally good person. I also got to have the experience of teaching a class within the church. My life is more full because of the things that I learn everyday from living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Brandon
First, to "restore" means to brings something back in its original form. We have always had the teaching of the Bible, true, but only based on the honesty of men. After the priesthood was lost from the earth, people had to rely on the wisdom and learning of men, which can sometimes create a problem. Without divine guidance, the church that was established by Christ fell apart, and the leaders started teaching things that they thought were good, or relevant to them. Eventually there was a break up among the leaders which is why there are so many churches today. The restoration was needed so that God could bless his children once again through the priesthood and divine guidance that only He can give, also so that we all could have the opportunity to learn more of the truth about Him and His plan, and how we fit into that plan, and how we can eventually live with Him again someday. Show more Show less

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

Brandon
I think a better question is, "What is there that proves there isn't a God?" Everything in the earth and on it testifies that there is a God, a supreme being that knows, and loves, and cares about all of His creations. Have you ever thought about the complexity of how things work? Even something so simple as a tiny bug, or plant goes through a very complex cycle of growth and development. Those kinds of things don't just happen by chance. I have also seen miracles in my personal life that tells me there is a God, and that He loves me and knows me on a very personal level. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Brandon
The first thing to understand about this question is that the priesthood is a calling of service to others. Men who hold the priesthood cannot serve themselves by using it in any shape or form. A priesthood holder can't give himself a blessing, it has to be done by other priesthood holders. That understood, I personally feel that the priesthood is given only to men because it teaches us to love and care about other people, something that women have an innate abitlity to do from birth. Mormon women are nearly always there at the call of anyone who is in a time of struggle. An organization called the Relief Society is in place to give care and help to all people who may be struggling emotionally and physically. It is through this organization that women are able to lead in the church. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Brandon
The church practiced polygamy over 100 years ago because it was commanded by God for them to do so. It was not something that was widely done. It was regulated and there were strict rules on who was allowed to practice it. No one who was not chosen was allowed to enter into the practice. People always say that God works in mysterious ways, this was one of those. Sometimes God tells us things that we don't really want to hear, but we have to have the courage to listen and obey with full purpose of heart. And by the way, polygamy is no longer practiced in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less