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Hi I'm Brandon

I decided to join the church when I was 18. I went to school at DeVry University and currently work for Microsoft. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I grew up, I used to play lots of video games and watched lots of movies. I remember the days of playing late nights of Starcraft and Command and Conquer Generals. I was a devout Catholic for most of my life and participated in church services as an alicite. I've always been kind of a nerd. I read the Bible and gained a strong testimony about it's truth and origins. Later I used to debate various principles with my Mormon friends and eventually was given a copy of the Book of Mormon. After conquering my reluctance, I decided to read the book for myself and compared it to the teachings I understood in the Bible. To my surprise I believed very strongly in the book and saw nothing wrong with it. Eventually, I was asked by a different friend if I had met with the missionaries. I said I hadn't. She asked if I would like to. Out of curiousity and a smug confidence, I fearlessly decided to entertain some visits. After working through dozens of controversial research subjects, feeling the spirit very strongly with the missionaries, while overcoming a surprising and powerful resistance, I was baptised June 28, 2002. I am grateful I made just a decision. It was very difficult journey, but I have learned and grown so much! Now, as a Ward Mission Leader, I see God's hand reaching out to people every day, inviting them to come unto the true and living Jesus Christ. I'm amazed by the miraculous influence I've seen all these years.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe with all my heart that this is the true and real Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. I was baptised into this church almost a decade ago and have learned truths and principles far beyond what I had ever learned before. Some simple teachings that our church uniquely teaches such as the ability of families to be sealed together forever, our premortal existence, or that God still communicates to us individually and through modern prophets and apostles, rings true to me. My life has been changed by one simple principle: faith. I live, breath, and die by faith, but it's not empty and it's not blind. It's based on thousands of unique experiences that have testified to me that this church is governed by true priesthood authority all the way up to Jesus Christ himself. I have also see first hand how much God loves us. I have been chastened, beat down, stretched, tested, and tried in so many ways and not withstanding how difficult it has been, it has resulted in powerful growing experiences with a growing capacity for joy unlike anything I could previously imagine. It is real. It is true. It is right.

How I live my faith

Every day I work very hard and sacrifice all that I have in supporting my faith. I've been a Young Men Leader, Young Single Adult (YSA) Representative, Sunday School President, Monthly Activity Co-chair, Ward Missionary, Executive Secretary, 1st Counselor in Elder's Quorum (in presidency that watches out for the men in the ward), now the Ward Mission Leader, and many other callings. I have never had the same calling twice, which is a testiment to me how much my God has wanted me to grow and I know these callings come from God, because I've seen how they've have been uniquely crafted for how it would impact me and others. I've participated in hundreds of activities and service projects, have given many years of service as a home teacher, have labored extensively for my ancestors in the temple and have worked with thousands of young single adults and leaders to strengthen one another and improve ourselves. I love my God with all my heart and feel greatly in debt to him for all the blessings I have received. I committed my loyalty fiercely to my Heavenly Father, because there is nobody more deserving of my support and there is nobody who I love more.

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

Brandon
I have witnessed hundreds of miracles both small and great that indicate to me not just that there is a living God, but also that our God or Heavenly Father is a loving being, deeply concerned about our long-term well-being as well as immediate. He loves enough to chasten, enough to allow suffering, enough to teach us, enough to position our lives so we come in contact with people we will influence or who will influence us, etc. Show more Show less