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Hi I'm Brenden

I'm an aerospace student, I love dancing and playing racquetball, I practice martial arts, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time student studying Aerospace Engineering. I love physics and learning how the world works and I'm anxiously looking forward when I can enter the workforce and bring new ideas to life. Outside of school I practice a martial art known as Jujitsu. I attend a traditional dojo because I love the growth that comes from discipline, hard work, and self control when they are applied. I also find a lot of fulfillment in singing. I've sang bass and tenor in various choirs and I see music as one of the best ways to get more out of life. I like keeping active playing sports (raquetball/ultimate frisbee) as well as going dancing (Country Swing/Ballroom). I enjoy hanging out with my friends on weekends and hosting parties to hang out and have fun. I also enjoy camping when I get the opportunity and I love the great outdoors. I find that being outside is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with people while admiring the creation that is all around us. I recently returned from serving a two year volunteer mission in the England Manchester Mission. For those two years I had the opportunity to live in North Wales and the North-West of England and invite others to come unto Christ. I have worked in Stafford and Telford (in the Midlands), Wrexham and Colwyn Bay (in North Wales), Crosby (in Liverpool), and Oldham (Greater Manchester). I loved the time I was able to spend helping people and giving them the joy that I have in my own life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised in this church but that doesn't mean that I don't have my own conversion story it just means that it might be a bit longer than some others. My testimony has come bit by bit as I have lived the standards given by God and as I've seen promised blessings be fulfilled. I have had the chance to pray and ask God if he exists, and if he loves me. I have always received comfort and love that I can feel in my heart. On other occasions I have asked to know of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the reality of Christ's sacrifice for all of us. I have never received a vision or had an heavenly being appear to me, but I have felt the spirit of God testify to me. These experiences which I have are enough for me to know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, because of his love he sent his son, Jesus the Christ, to die for my sins so that I could return to live with them. I also know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the full gospel of Christ. I have felt the healing touch of the love of Christ help me off of my feet when I am sad or feeling alone. He has helped me to change my habits to help make me more happy. And he has protected me in times that I was in need. I have felt his direction in my life as I reach out to help others so I can see him help them as well.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I go to church. In the past I have been asked to help in several ways including teaching the 11 year old boys with one of my best friends. Together we enjoyed talked about the gospel and how it can help them today. I have also served as a clerk where I help manage the temporal affairs under the direction of our bishop. Currently I work to try to help support the men of the congregation in fulfilling their duties to Heavenly Father and the rest of the ward. I do this by teaching them, praying for them, serving them as opportunities arise, and always being a friend. At university I spend a lot of time in the Institute building where I can relax with friends in between classes, and go to classes that help me understand the scriptures better and get more out of them. I love the insights into life that I gain from studying at institute, I feel that there are so many deeper applications that I get because of studying with peers. Besides that I try to live my life in such a way so that people can know what is most important to me, family, my father in heaven, and the knowledge that there is hope and that the God is the source of all good things in this world. I spent 2 years serving a full time volunteer mission in North Wales and the Northwest of England. I spent my time speaking with people and doing anything I can to help improve their lives by inviting them to come unto Christ and enjoy the fullest blessings that they can receive. My favorite part of being a missionary is seeing the change that it makes in people's lives and the joy that comes into their eyes as they make promises with God. Now that I am home I try to live my life in a way to that others will be drawn to Christ to experience the blessings of his love. I do my best to be a positive and uplifting friend and I try to serve as a shoulder to lean on in hard times or the friendly hand to pull someone up after they've fallen.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We teach that it is important to do all that we can to live a good life, keep the commandments, and follow Christ. After doing our best the grace of God will make up for where we fall short. No man can be saved without the grace of God because everyone will make a mistake at least once in their life but in order to qualify to receive the saving grace we must put forth our effort to show that we really want to be helped. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The only way to really know about any spiritual truth is to pray and ask God. As I have put my own effort into finding truth and then ask my Heavenly Father for a confirmation of that truth I am able to continue to strengthen my testimony in the gospel. For some principals taught within the gospel of Jesus Christ we can also gain a knowledge of their truthfullness by living them and paying special attention to the impact that a particular principal has in our lives. When I find a new principal or doctrine that I want to know about I try to apply it into my life and see what effects it has. If I see positive results then I pray to ask God if it is in fact a true principal. In this way I can be doubly sure that the things I learn come from God and are true. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith as defined by the scriptures is a hope for something that you can't see yet but which is still true. The difference between a belief in a principle and faith in a principle is faith will motivate you to act. Belief can be passive but faith requires our works, the actions of everyday life, to stay alive and healthy. The quantity of faith that someone has is not nearly as important as the quality of faith. For example if someone has unshakeable faith in just one principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that faith can be enough to motivate that person to act and grow into someone who can work miracles through the power of God. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples have several purposes on the earth, and each one is very important in my life. 1. Temples are a place that I can learn more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are always filled with the spirit and it is a perfect place to go and think so that I can be filled with the Holy Ghost. 2. Temples are the only places where sacred ordinances can be performed that helps my mother and father be together with all of my siblings forever. I love my family more than anything else so this knowledge means a lot to me. This knowledge took a new meaning when I lost my Grandmother to cancer. I know that she is still there, not only in my heart but that she exists as a spirit and eventually I will see her face to face, physically give her a hug, and enjoy speaking to her just like I did before she passed on. 3. Temples allow these wonderful ordinances and the blessings that come with them to be available to everyone. Not just those living but those who have deceased as well. My family can be sealed together like links in a chain that stretches from one edge of humanity to the other. Everyone has the opportunity to experience the blessings of Christ and his atonement. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by Prophets, men who were inspired and directed by God, who lived in the American Continent. Just like the Bible which was written by Prophets who lived in the Middle East area the Book of Mormon contains Scripture that applies to and benefits all people regardless of where they live or the circumstances that they are under. By following the teachings in the Bible and the Book of Mormon we become more like Christ and are able to change our lives for the better. I love the Book of Mormon because it has a strong focus on the atonement and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Because of this focus I know more about how and why he suffered and died for me and how it applies to my every day life. I have received a personal witness that the Book of Mormon was written by Inspired Prophets because I have read it, applied its teachings, and prayed about it. Each of these actions has built up my testimony of its truth and divinity. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A branch is the name we give to the basic congregations that we meet in each Sunday. When the number of the congregations increases to a certain size we change the name to a ward. Church members attend in specific wards or branches based on their geographical locations. Branches are directed by a Branch President and Wards are directed by a Bishop. In both cases they are members of that unit who were asked to volunteer his service for the congregation. A set of materials are distributed to each unit so regardless of which congregation you attend you will receive teachings from the same set of instructions. This does not mean in any way that the teachings are all the same. Every teacher is encouraged to study the material and personalise it for those who they will be teaching. A Stake is the name for a group of wards and branches within a specific geographical location. The stake is presided over by the Stake President, again a member from within the stake who volunteers his time. Stakes regularly have meetings where we can be taught by the stake leadership and others. It also provides opportunity for people to become associated with a larger pool of members than just those within the ward or branch. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we certainly believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. The core doctrine that is taught in our church is that Jesus Christ suffered for our pains sicknesses, sorrows and sins in the garden of Gethsemane, he died on the cross to fulfil the will of the father, and he rose from the dead on the third day. Every other doctrine that we teach is in some way an appendage to his sacrifice for us. I know that these things are true by the power of the Holy Ghost because I have studied and prayed about it and received a testimony from God. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

The short answer would be no but serving a mission is seen as something that is very important and a wonderful opportunity to learn, grow, and bless the lives of others. I believe a fundamental part of the doctrine of Jesus Christ is that of giving service in whatever situation you many be in. For those who are able to sacrifice the time and money needed to serve a full time mission, I think that it is one of the greatest ways that I can help give back to my Heavenly Father, by helping the rest of his children be able to receive as many blessings as I have. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

When I think about God the first thing that I think of is Perfectly Loving. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we believe that God is the father of our spirits, he is a being who has a physical body, separate from his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. He looks like us we do, feels the same emotions that we do but he is perfect. He is a gloriously perfect being who wants us to be just as happy as he is. He has created a plan for every single one of us to help us to gain that glory, perfection, and happiness that he has. From his loving grace he has provided a place for us to live and bodies for our spirits to grow in, he has given his beloved son Jesus Christ to help us when we make mistakes, and to assist us in the process of becoming better people. I am so very grateful for the wonderful blessings I have access to all because of God and his nature. Show more Show less