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Hi I'm Brant

I'm a web programmer, an animator, an anime fan, and I'm serving as a full-time missionary in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah and was raised there for the first nine years of my life, then moved to Virginia for two more, and my home is now in Washington with my Mom, Step-Dad, and my younger brother and sister. I also have half a dozen step-siblings on both sides of the family, and I always love it whenever the family all gets together, no matter what side of the family it's on! My interests lie mostly in the realm of computers and technology. Web development has been a major hobby of mine ever since I was 13 years old, and it was around that time that I started up my first website along with a good friend of mine. Since that time, I've also gained quite an interest in web animation, cartooning, and graphic design, and if I'm home you'll often find me in front of my computer working and dabbling in this and that. I'm also a really big fan of Japanese animation, or anime as it's called. I've been a major fan for almost 2 years now, and I pride myself in watching tons of shows that even most anime fans have never heard of. What I really enjoy about anime is not only the art style, but also the fact that the storylines are often deeper and richer than what you'll find in most American shows. Video games are also a big hobby of mine. In high school I was an officer in my school's technology club and it was quite an awesome experience, especially during our LAN parties! I still play quite a few online games, and I'll occasionally fire up my XBox 360 and play games on that.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, and have been raised in the religion for pretty much my entire life. I've gone through the children's and Young Men's organizations within the church, and I'd have to say they've presented me with quite a few blessings and opportunities in my life. Even though I was born and raised Mormon, that's not why I'm still Mormon now. No one in this church can go on forever living on the testimony of others, and there comes a point in every Mormon kid's life where he or she is backed up to the wall of faith, and must decide if they truly believe what they've been taught. A testimony is a very personal thing, and it's something that can only really be gained by honest seeking, pondering, and study. There honestly came a point in my life where I wondered whether what my family believed in was true or not. My faith in this gospel has not always been solid, and even though I've lived the teachings all my life that doesn't mean I didn't have points where I questioned my faith. The Holy Spirit testifies of truth, and he speaks to us through our thoughts and feelings when we are earnestly seeking truth. That's something I learned for myself as I sought to know whether this really was the Lord's church, and whether this really was what He wanted for me. Since I started recognizing what those thoughts and feelings were, I've made an effort every day to study, pray, and ponder, and every day I've found that my testimony and my faith in Jesus Christ has grown stronger. The Book of Mormon is a powerful witness of the truthfulness of this gospel, and of the fact that we have modern-day revelation to lead us and guide us today. If anyone is seeking for additional guidance from our Heavenly Father, I strongly encourage them to read the Book of Mormon prayerfully and find out for themselves if this is not His restored church, and if this cannot bless them and their families immensely.

How I live my faith

Growing up I've served in the leadership of my various Young Men's groups, and I've also served as a ward missionary and as a teacher for the younger children. All of those things have presented me with numerous opportunities to grow, both in character and in spirit. Right now, the biggest way I'm living my faith is by serving as a full-time missionary assigned to Arizona. It's really exciting being able to meet new people every day and constantly having the opportunity to share my testimony with other people. What I'm finding is that as I go about this calling, I'm building up not only others but myself as well. Being out on a mission has allowed me to gain additional experience in learning to talk with and get along with others, plus it's been an amazing faith-building experience for me. I may have only been out for a few months and have many months left to go, but to be honest I look forward to seeing the ways that I can continue to improve myself and serve other people.