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Hi I'm Brandon

I LOVE music. Running is my passion. I am the youngest of 6 kids. I have 2 fingers on my right hand. I'm a future missionary!

About Me

I'm 15 years old and am a sophomore in high school. I love music and reading. My family is very music oriented. I am in Varsity Choir at my high school and I play French Horn. Other members of my family sing as well as play the piano, saxophone, cello, trumpet, and/or the recorder. I have 5 older siblings (3 brothers and 2 sisters) and 2 sisters-in-law, and a recently born niece. I have a dog named Brody as well. I only have 2 fingers on my right hand, but interestingly enough, I write with that hand. I enjoy sports a lot and like to watch almost any sport. I like soccer the most but I also enjoy football, basketball, volleyball, and baseball. I play basketball with my church team. In addition to these sports, I love running. Running is my passion. I am a long-distance runner. I participate in Cross Country and Track. I am involved in Forensics (competitive speech, debate, and interpretation) at my high school as well. I am also an Eagle Scout.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the church when I was born. I chose to continue following His gospel because I know it to be true. I know that Joseph Smith restored His gospel and that he translated the Book of Mormon through the power of God. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, and we have had a living prophet ever since Joseph Smith. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it testifies of Jesus Christ. I believe the basic principles taught in the Articles of Faith. I know that the temple is a House of God. Other churches have truths too, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has all of them in one package, plus more. I know this to be the true church of Jesus Christ. I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have the church and it's positive influences in my life.

How I live my faith

I am the first counselor in the presidency for my age group. I was previously second counselor. In addition to this, I was the second counselor and president in the 12-13 year old age group. I am a home teacher with my dad. We go and visit people in our ward and teach them about gospel principles that we believe. I also help teach the other youth in my ward during some mutual/scouting activities on Wednesdays under the direction of my leaders. I attend our 3 hour church meeting every Sunday. Each morning before school, I go to Seminary. It is a class in which we learn about the things taught in the scriptures. Each year, we study one of the four main books of scripture: The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, The Pearl of Great Price and The Old Testament, or The New Testament. In addition to church and seminary, I attend youth activities each Wednesday. I also live by the standards that are in the For the Strength of Youth.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Brandon
Church services are on Sundays and are three hours long. Visitors are always welcome at any of our church meetings. Anyone can attend them. The first hour or so of our meeting is Sacrament Meeting. Everyone is together during Sacrament Meeting. During Sacrament Meeting, we open with a hymn and a prayer offered by a member of the congregation. Then we partake of the Sacrament, or bread and water blessed and passed by Priesthood holders. However, nobody is required to partake of the Sacrament; those who wish to do so are welcome to. Then, there are usually two or three assigned speakers. After Sacrament Meeting, the next hour is Sunday School, which is divided up by age group. Primary is for the younger kids. In the last hour, we split into men and women. Young Women’s and Relief Society are the classes for the women, while the men and young men go to Priesthood. There are also youth activities during the week that 12-17 year olds are welcome to attend. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brandon
Mormons are most definitely Christians. Jesus Christ is in the name of the church. The name of the "Mormon" church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In addition to this, the Book of Mormon is additional scripture that we have that goes along with the Bible. The full title is The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. That's exactly what it is, another testament of Jesus Christ. It is full of writings from ancient prophets that are about Christ. We celebrate the birth of Christ during Christmastime and the resurrection of our savior at Easter. We believe that Christ is the head of our church, died for us on the cross so that we can be resurrected, and is the Son of God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brandon
To know if it is true, you need to study what you're learning and pray earnestly. In James 1:5-6 it says that if you don't know if something is true, ask of God in faith, nothing wavering. At the end of the Book of Mormon, it gives us a promise that if we should ask God in the name of the Son, with a sincere heart, real intent, and having faith in Christ, we shall know the truth of all things through the power of the Holy Ghost. To hear His answer to our prayers, we need to listen with our heart, spirit, and mind. If we follow His commandments, we will be closer to God and be able to feel His spirit and the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Brandon
The Word of Wisdom is something that Mormons abide by. It is essentially a law of health that helps us to keep our bodies physically and spiritually strong. Located in Doctrine and Covenants 89, the Word of Wisdom also says not to use alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, coffee, and tea. Black and green teas aren't ok, but herbal teas are fine. As long as we live by the Word of Wisdom, we will receive physical and spiritual blessings from God. He is the one who gave us our bodies, so we want to keep them clean and healthy. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Brandon
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ in addition to the Bible. It tells of how after he was resurected, he visited the Americas, taught the gospel, and formed His church. A great depiction of this is in the movie Testaments. The Book of Mormon was written by many ancient prophets on gold plates. The plates were passed down as new prophets were called to serve the Lord. Some of these prophets include Nephi, Mosiah, Alma and Moroni. One of the last prophets was Mormon, after whom the book was named . That is also why members of the LDS church have the "nickname" Mormon. The Book of Mormon was later translated by Joseph Smith in the 1800's, but he did not write it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Brandon
Mormons do NOT practice polygamy. At times, the Lord has commanded that His people should practice plural marriages, but Mormons don't practice them anymore. Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that it should stop. This is recorded in Official Declaration 1 in the back of the Doctrine and Covenants. Plural marriage was officially stopped in 1890 when all the members of the church unanimously voted to end it. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Brandon
Mormons are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We are Christians. The center of our religion is Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is additional scripture that we believe in that fits hand in hand with the teachings of the Bible. Show more Show less