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Hi I'm Brandon

I’m a husband, a father of 5, and a mental health counselor. I love playing strategic board games, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married since 2001 and have 5 children. Any free-time that I have, I spend it with them. Because I married young and have had our children so close together in age (each about two years apart), I've been going to school for as long as I've been married. Soon, I will complete my masters in counseling and begin working as a mental health counselor. My wife and I love to play games with other couples. I'm sure that when my children are older, I'll find time to return to my love of basketball and football.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised a Mormon and had memorable experiences as a young boy that helped me to know that the things I was taught are true, these experiences weren't enough for me as a youth to live in accordance with what I was taught. During the latter part of my freshman year in junior high, I began seeking what I now know were hollow forms of happiness. I would stay out late without adult supervision, which presented me with unwholesome forms of entertainment. After some time, I began feeling very down during the week and longed for the weekends with my friends, viewing that as my only source of relief. Then, when my parents divorced, my entire world turned upside down. Instead of turning to God, I turned to my friends for comfort and eventually stopped going to church. It wasn't until two years later when I was midway through my junior year in high school that I finally realized that I wasn't really happy. The happiness which I thought I had was inconsistent; it would come and go as often as the weekends turned into weekdays. In deep contemplation, I tried to recall a time when I knew I was truly happy. I thought back to my late elementary-school-years, a time when my family lived together happily, a time when I had a morally, decent set of friends, a time when I attended church. Of all those variables, I knew that the only one I could fix was my relationship with my Heavenly Father. So, I turned to Him for forgiveness and repented of my wrongdoings. As hard as it was, I began praying to Him again. I began to read in the scriptures again. I returned to church. I began striving to keep the commandments. After a short period of time, my soul was filled with peace. I was enveloped with a joy that was as exceeding as was my pain. It was through this joy and the peace that filled my void that I came to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I learned that the things that I was taught while growing up in His church are true. These are the reasons why I stay a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In addition to attending weekly worship services, I enjoy serving in the assignment as our ward’s executive secretary to our bishop. I participate in weekly planning meetings, schedule the bishop’s appointments, and coordinate the Sunday service prayers. Prior to my current assignment, I’ve enjoyed serving in our ward’s nursery, primary (both as a teacher), and other assignments. I also find great satisfaction in being a hometeacher. I, along with another brother in my ward, are assigned to a few families within our ward (similar assignments are given to others in the ward so that all families have a set of hometeachers). Our tasks are to fellowship and strengthen the family both spiritually and physically. We do these by visiting them at least monthly in their homes, sharing a spiritual message, and enquiring of ways that we may help fulfill any of their needs. I have become particularly close to one family whose father is serving our country overseas. Words cannot express the good feelings I have when he has expressed his gratitude to me for watching over his family while he is away. There is no greater sense of accomplishment than knowing that you have done something that the Lord would have you do.