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Hi I'm Brock

I was born in the Republic of Kiribati, was adopted when I was 1, and grew up in Washington. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father once gave me an inspirational card that said on the front, “Life isn’t about discovering yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” I believe this appropriately describes the development that crafted my style. I am very hesitant to single out a single genre of personality or flavor of identity because I am still in the process of shaping it. The only word I would use is “madness,” because that is how it appears even to close friends and family. Of course I don’t mean this in a sense of being a danger to society, but as an embodiment of inconsistency and indecisiveness. Given this may seem inconvenient in a society that thrives on systems of fixed preconceptions, I believe in a sense it epitomizes what makes us human: a constant smashing of ideas and beliefs until what remains is a masterpiece of identity. I was born in the Republic of Kiribati, a small pacific nation, and later adopted into a family living in Arizona, USA. Since then, I've lived in Pensylvannia, New York, Washington and have gone to school in Hawaii (BYUH). I'm an Eagle Scout, who hates hiking, but loves camping and anything to do fire. I've played Lacrosse and Football but I eventually quit so I could join a choir. Swimming is more than a hobby, its in my blood as an islander. I'm afraid of murky water and heights but I love cliff jumping. The coolest thing I ever did was volunteer with the Hill Cumorah Pageant Work Crew. And most importantly I love making other people happier through humor.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to church by my adopted familiy who for generations had been lifetime members. I was 1 year old was I adopted so for all intents and purposes they are the only family I've grown up knowing, they are MY family. My testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints begins and ends with my knowledge of the sanctity and divine nature of the family unit. My father and mother loved me and my siblings and we were taught principles and values that I know kept us physically and spiritually safe. But more, importantly we were taught to pray our Heavenly Father and to look our savior, Jesus Christ. Growing up one of the biggest things I always wanted was a big brother. As the eldest child I loved my younger siblings but I wish I had an older brother I could rely on. It was only when I realized that Jesus Christ was all of our's older brother that I finally began to feel closure to what felt like a gap in my soul. And then I was blessed to come into contact with one of my half brothers from the islands. He had watched me get adopted off the island and was sad to watch leave. While I was in the US, he joined the church, baptized our birth mother, and was called on a mission to California. After contacting me and exchanging letters, I was actually able meet him. I finally found my older brother. I am so thankful for a merciful God who watches over us all and blesses us in when seen and unseen. I also am forever grateful to a loving Redeemer, Jesus Christ who as the older brother to us all, preformed many miracles, established His church, and then suffered and died for our sins. I know He Lives. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. I also know he restored that same church that Jesus Christ established, and that there are prophets, and apostles in these modern days. I know God loves us and speaks to us the same way he did in days of old and all can know this through sincere prayer and study.

How I live my faith

I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mesa, AZ. It was such a humbling experience. I appreciated the chance that I had to introduce a gospel and church that I have come to so dearly love and cherish to others. I try to live my faith by not only teaching the gospel but by living by the standards set forth within it. I know of no other way in which an individual can have a happier, more fulfilling life than through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We may not all be perfect but we have been given commandments, scriptures, and prophets to help guide us on our journey to perfection and eternal joy within the presence of our Heavenly Father. This is what I was so happy teach about and share as a missionary and I will continue to, even after.