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Hi I'm Brandon

I am a 22 year old husband, father and college student. I work for and go to school at the University of Phoenix. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Brandon; I am twenty-two years old. I was born in Arizona, but spent most of my early childhood in Des Moines, Iowa. My family moved back to Arizona to escape the Iowa cold when I was about seven years-old. I have many fond memories of Iowa and have considered moving there to raise my own family. I was fortunate to be raised in a two-parent home and I have one older brother. I graduated from High School in 2007 and continued my education at the local Community College for two years before taking a break to evaluate my personal life goals. I am happy to say that I have made gaining an education one of my main goals, surpassed only by providing for my family. Today I am back in school, working towards my Bachelors degree. I am also currently working full-time to certify classes for our country’s wonderful veterans. I was married to my wonderful wife, last October and we now have a beautiful son. I love being a father. After getting married I have acquired a lot of new family. I now have a new father-in-law, mother-in-law, three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law. I also have some awesome new nieces and a nephew. Luckily, all of my family lives nearby and I am able to see them often. I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and son. A few other interests that I have include playing the guitar, playing basketball with my brothers-in-law, and playing at the dog park with my dog.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Catholic family, and because I grew up with Christian roots, I have always had faith and believed that Jesus Christ is my Savior. When I was about 12, my family stopped attending our Catholic church, which left me more open to learning about other religions. Growing up in East Mesa, I was surrounded by a lot of members of the church and I had a number of LDS friends. They were always very nice and accepting and I truly enjoyed going on "father-and-son campouts", attending Boy Scout meetings, and playing basketball on Wednesday nights. When I was 21 years old I met my beautiful wife, whose amazing family inspired and encouraged me to learn more about the gospel. I began taking the missionary discussions and was encouraged to read the Book of Mormon for myself. I was lucky enough to have the same set of missionaries for about 6 months. I have many fond memories of spending time with these missionaries as we not only discussed the gospel, but as I realized that members of the church were normal people, just like me. I spent the next several months making some major changes in my life, and attending church meetings regularly. I was baptized in the fall of 2010. Since then I have received many blessings and I look forward to being sealed in His holy temple to my wife and son.

How I live my faith

In order to live my faith to the fullest I choose to attend church meetings on Sunday, where I partake of the Sacrament to renew my basptismal covenants. I am also able to learn from the talks given each Sunday on how to apply the gospel standards to my life. I am fortunate to be able to teach the youth. I teach the 7-8 year old kids in my ward and it has been rewarding to see the gospel through the eyes of a child. I also enjoy sharing the gospel and answering questions about the church with my friends and family who are not members. I love the organization of the LDS church and the feeling of closeness I have with members of my ward. Some are like an extended family. I am able to call upon them when I need help, if I have a question, need a favor, or even just if I want a friend to watch the football game with. My wife and I have had bbq's, family home evenings, and date nights with members of our ward. It is a great support to be able to have friends close by. I enjoy being able to attend the temple. It is a beautiful place and it brings me feelings of love and peace. I am lucky enough to have a temple close to my home. There are many things to learn and see within the visitors center at the temple, and I never tire of going there. My family and I love to go to the visitors center, or even just walk the temple grounds, whenever we have time!