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Hi I'm Braden

I'm a missionary, an avid swimmer, and a Frisbee enthusiast! I love the Lord, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up moving from apartment to house, back to an apartment, etc. When I was 3 years old, I fell down my grandparent's stairs and got 16 stitches in my forehead. I was on the swim team at my high school. I attended a top 10 nationally ranked high school. I've been playing the piano since I was 6, the clarinet since I was 9, and I've been playing the guitar since I was 13. I read any book anyone gives me. I have a big family- three little brothers, and one older sister. My parents are Elementary school teachers, and as a family we love to connect with the Lord through nature, whether it be hiking, camping, horseback riding, or just going for a walk around the block. I'm and avid computer fanatic, I love fixing, programming, and building computers. I am on a team of youth that is currently working to build a working 3-dimensional projector! I am serving a mission for my church in Billings, Montana, and I am loving being able to serve the people here. After my mission, I plan on coming back and continuing my education in Information Technology and Computer Science.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born in Utah, I have been a Mormon my whole life. I used to always think that it was so much easier for converts to stay faithful to the church, for they knew what it was like to live without the gospel. However, as I have grown older and received the priesthood, I have thought about why I am still deciding to follow what my parents have told me to do and go to church. I'm a Mormon because I believe that as we go through life, all of what you learn in your science classes has been made by the lord. And because he has made everything, he has given us the chance to repent when we do something wrong. Nobody does everything perfect, and everyone makes bad decisions every now and then. But because of Jesus Christ and how he atoned for our sins, i know that no matter what i do wrong, i can go back and live my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I enjoy finding ways to lift others and bring them closer to God. The Savior lived his earthly life in service of mankind, and I love to follow Jesus's example and serve others in anyway that I possibly can. I am serving a full-time mission for my church in Montana, US. I am attempting to bring the word of repentance into the lives of all men, and to help others feel the love of the Lord. I have devoted two years of my life to bring all into the happiness that I have felt living a life centered around the Lord. Everything I do and say I try to keep in harmony with the teachings of the gospel. I'm definitely no sort of Bible scholar, finding ways to include my faith in every conversation, but I enjoy seeing the joy in people's life as they begin to accept the gospel!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Braden
Our modern day prophets have asked that all young men that are worthy and 18 years of age serve a mission. The have also said that if a young woman would like to, she may serve a mission at age 19. No one is REQUIRED to serve, but we are asked to. Yes, a majority of young men serve a mission as soon as they can, but it is because we know that it can be a wonderful opportunity to grow closer to the Lord and share Christ's love with all of God's children. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Braden
The Missionaries, when invited into your home, will share a simple message with you about our Heavenly Father's love for you, and for the rest of His children. The message is focused on Jesus Christ and His Atonement, and how it is central on God's plan for us. They will explain how by following and living the principles of the teaching of Christ, we can all live with our Father in Heaven again. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Braden
The point of us coming to this earth is to be happy!! A scripture in the Book of Mormon says that "men are, that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2). Our Father in Heaven sent us down to earth to be able to get a body and learn how to use our agency, or free will, righteously. Even though we are down here to learn, teach, and be tested, the main thing that we need to do is be happy by following the commandments of God!! Show more Show less