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Hi I'm Brandon

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Southern California, and now I live in Utah with my wife and kids and love it.

About Me

I'm a software developer from UT. I grew up in southern CA, came to UT for college, and have stayed here since then. I am happily married and have two wonderful children. I love sports, technology, nature, and socializing with people.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church my whole life. I grew up in a wonderful family, who was very strong in the church. The surrounding area where I lived had lots of church members. I always enjoyed the church growing up. However, when I went to college for my freshman year, I had a very special experience. I was reading the Book of Mormon for a religion class that I had in school. I finished reading it for the first time in my life (from cover to cover). While I was growing up, people had talked about a promise that exists toward the end of the book, which basically challenges anyone to read the book, and ask God if it's true. I had never taken that challenge - but since I had just finished reading the book, I felt it was a good time to do so. I offered a sincere prayer to God in my bedroom, and asked simply that - is the Book of Mormon true? I had a very distinct feeling that I knew God was answering my prayer. This type of experience may differ slightly for everyone, but it was very special for me. Since then, my knowledge of the truth of the church has grown due to various experiences, but they are all built on that simple foundation of finding out that the Book of Mormon is true. My knowledge of the truth of the church grew 10-fold as I served as a missionary for the church in Mexico for 2 years. I wouldn't trade what those 2 years did for my life. It transformed me as a person, as I grew much closer to Christ and learned much more about life.

How I live my faith

I honestly believe that living the commandments of the church offers the most happiness that could be obtained in this life. I truly feel like I have everything I want in life, and that things just continue to get better. Our family spends a good deal of time each month participating in church events or service (I work with teenagers and my wife works with children). And I wouldn't have it any other way. Everyone needs help in one way or another. The satisfaction that I get from helping other people is great, because I know I'm helping them, and I'm helping God. I have lots of faults and imperfections, but the church is a great place to improve on them. It is also a great source of unity and socialization. Life as a member of the church is wonderful.