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Hi I'm Brian

I live in Colorado, I love buffalo wings, I have large feet, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I recently finished my second year of college, where I am studying animation. I absolutely love school and love learning. I also love meeting others and making new friends. I belong to a family of six. I have two older sisters, a younger brother, and two loving parents. I enjoy singing, acting, drawing, movies, and trying new things. Life is great, and I try to live every day the best I can. I recently returned from full-time service as a missionary in the Oregon Portland Mission. I love Oregon and I love the people there.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply stated, I'm a Mormon because being so makes me happy. I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but didn't come to appreciate it until the past couple years. There is a wonderful promise in the Book of Mormon. A prophet named Moroni wrote "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:4-5) I had heard about this promise and decided to test it. I read the Book of Mormon, really wanting to know if it was true. As I read it and as I prayed, asking God if it was true, I came to know that it is. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Of that I am confident. I am so grateful that I have gained this knowledge. In addition to knowing the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Jesus Christ restored His church upon the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that we have a modern day prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who receives revelation from God and counsels God's children accordingly. I know that through prophets and the scriptures, anyone can come unto Christ and find the peace and happiness He provides. Christ knows me personally. I know that. He died so that I can return to live with him and and my Heavenly Father someday. I know this. Because I know this, I cannot deny it. Nor would I want to deny the things that bring me so much joy. It is because I love Jesus Christ and because I know he loves me that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

My faith is not something I acknowledge only once a week, at church. Rather, it is something that drives every choice I make, each and every day. My faith in Jesus Christ brings me great joy, and affects all I do. It is because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that I try to be the best I can. It is because of my faith in Jesus Christ that I try to serve those in need, that I try to show love to those who need love, that I try to comfort those who need comfort. Jesus Christ died for me. He lives for me. He is my personal savior, and that brings me immense joy. Because I know that, I know I can be forgiven for my mistakes each and every day. That knowledge gives me so much comfort. It's due to Christ that I have found happiness. Because His love has filled me with so much happiness, I have dedicated two years of my life to share this with all, in hopes that they, too, can find peace and joy. Because I love Christ, and because I love his gospel, I have accepted many different callings, or positions of responsibility. As an FHE group leader, I had the opportunity to get young adults together in an environment where we would discuss the gospel of Jesus Christ, enjoy wholesome entertainment, and grow together as friends. I served two years as a full-time missionary, and now I continue to hope to serve as a life-long missionary. The Lord's work is the greatest!

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Brian
We, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, are Christian. Our church bears the name of Christ, who is our savior and our redeemer. Because, in addition to the Bible, we read from the Book of Mormon, many have referred to us as Mormons. The name has stuck and today, that is why many refer to ourselves as Mormons. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Brian
When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he taught that baptism is necessary for the salvation of our souls. However, many people who lived never had the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ or to accept his teachings. Others were not baptized with the proper authority. Because God loves all of his children, he has provided a way for all of us to return to him. By performing proxy baptisms for our deceased family members, we provide them with an opportunity to have that saving ordinance done. However, these individuals still have their agency, or the ability to choose, and can either accept or reject the ordinance. Show more Show less