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Hi I'm Brendan

I'm a realist, I'm a dreamer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up gaining a love for many different activities and hobbies. Some of my favorites are: writing, sports, and music. I enjoy writing stories and poems about my life, as well as taking creative approaches to other styles of writing. My favorite sports to play are basketball, volleyball, and tennis, while my favorite sports to watch are basketball and football. I also love listening to music, especially alternative rock. Some of my favorite bands are Jimmy Eat World, The Killers, Anberlin, Muse, and Dashboard Confessional. I returned home from serving as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the state of Washington just over four years ago. This was definitely the greatest experience of my life and helped me to become more converted to Jesus Christ and His Gospel. I recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications. I now work at a local advertising agency in Provo, Utah.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored (brought back) to the earth through a modern-day Prophet, Joseph Smith. Its message blesses millions of lives to this day. It is the exact same gospel that Jesus Christ taught while He was on the earth, and the fulness of His doctrine is manifest therein. We have been given countless evidences of this marvelous truth, one of them being the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ. The knowledge and power that comes from reading its pages prove that God lives, and that as we follow His son Jesus Christ, we can and will be saved. This gospel has brought so much joy into my life. There's no doubt that without it I would be lost. It's amazing how everything pieces together perfectly and makes absolute sense. As we truly come unto Christ, we can have the sorrows and burdens of life lifted because of His Atonement. He knows all of us individually; He has felt exactly what we have felt; and as we put our trust in Him, He will be there to guide us and help us in all aspects of life. I know that God wants all of us, His children, to return to live with Him, and because of His glorious plan, every single one of us can. There's great joy in following Christ, and there are great rewards as well. Our lives truly improve as we think not about ourselves, but about the Lord. We will have a desire to do what is right; we will strive to help those around us; and we will be prepared to return to live with our Father in Heaven and obtain eternal life. I have chosen to be a member of this Church because I know it is the Church of Jesus Christ, and that it was established by Him for the salvation of mankind. I recognize how much this gospel has blessed my life, and that is why I desire that everybody partake of these glorious gifts of God that He is so willing to give.

How I live my faith

In my Faith, I am currently serving as a ward mission leader. My main responsibility is to help bring others the blessings of the Gospel and direct its teaching in my geographical area. Prior to this, I served in a variety of other capacities, including service as a missionary. A missionary is simply one who has been called of God to preach His gospel to His children. This calling required me to put work, school, hobbies, and other things on hold for two years, while I traveled around the southern parts of the state of Washington teaching others about Christ. This experience helped me become more like the Savior and helped me learn the importance of sacrifice. In addition, I try to live my life the way in a manner that would please God. I continually strive to keep His commandments and do all that I can to help others do the same.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Brendan
Baptism is an ordinance performed in the Church that is necessary for salvation. In order to inherit the Kingdom of God, one must be baptized by one holding the Priesthood authority of God. When we are baptized, we make a covenant (or promise) with God, which brings us closer to Him, and shows our desire to follow Him and His teachings. Baptism, which is done by immersion, is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In a similar sense, it represents putting off our past life, and being "born again," with a new dedication to serve God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Brendan
The gospel of Christ "is the power of God unto salvation," (Romans 1:16) therefore, everybody should (and will) have a chance to hear the message. Missionaries, who have been called of God, have a solemn and sacred duty of sharing Jesus Christ's teachings with the world. Because the Doctrine of Christ is the only way to be saved in the Kingdom of God, missionaries are sent forth to take it to all corners of the Earth. Those who hearken to their message (which is the message of Christ) will be blessed now and in the eternities. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Brendan
In order to increase our faith in Jesus Christ, we must be willing to sacrifice our time and talents to learn of Him, therefore consecrating ourselves before God. The word "faith" implies much more than simply a belief. Rather, it is an action that we perform in order to show our desire to serve the Savior. In John 7:17, we read: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." Similarly, in the Book of Mormon, we learn that we must "experiment upon [the word]" (Alma 32:27) to gain a knowledge of the truth. There are many honorable ways to increase our faith in Jesus Christ, but those often come back to the following: Reading and pondering the word of God, praying to our Father in Heaven, and attending church services. Each of these allow us to learn of Him, grasp an understanding of His doctrine, and receive answers to the questions that fill our hearts. As we apply the things that we learn, we will see our faith increase, and our desires to serve God will be strengthened. Show more Show less