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Hi I'm Braeden

I'm happily married with two children, I'm a finance professional, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married with two children who are the joy and the stress of my life. I work as a financial professional in the medical device industry and love every minute of it. Some of my hobbies include basketball, Netflix, pistol and shotgun shooting, rc airplanes, rock climbing, snow boarding, and being my kid's horse. My wife and I are currently learning how to ride horses, and I am teaching myself Chinese in what little free time my kids leave me. We love life and are trying to experience the best that the world has to offer - everything from rock concerts to Six Flags to Broadway musicals. Life is hard, and things happen that are outside of our control. When my stepfather left our family, it fell to me to financially and emotionally support my broken but beautiful family of seven. It was hard, but what I learned has been invaluable as I left home and began my own family. I wouldn't trade the craziness of those two years for anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church, but I remember as a kid my Sunday-school teachers telling me that I needed to know if the church was true for myself - I couldn't rely on my parents' word forever. When I was a teenager, I realized that I didn't know for myself if the church was true. I knew that God loved me and would answer my prayers, so I decided to ask him if the church was true. Eventually, my answer came in the form of a feeling. The feeling I received was so uplifting, clear, and powerful that I knew God had given me my answer. I could not "fake" that feeling. I have felt that feeling many times since, and when I live what I know to be right, I have peace despite personal challenges.

How I live my faith

My most important demonstration of my commitment to live my faith is my relationship with my wife and my children. I believe that families are eternal and that there is nothing more important than making sure that our families are happy. I want my children to know that God loves them, so with my wife's help, I lead the family in daily scripture study, prayer, and weekly church attendance. My family and I attend church service every Sunday where we learn from other members of the congregation. My relationship with God is personal, but I learn so much from the experiences of others that my time at church has enriched my personal relationship with God in a way that I could never have done alone. During the week, I work with the youth. The church has a wonderful program for the youth called Duty to God. The purpose of the program is to help the youth develop habits of daily prayer and scripture study, foster a personal relationship with Christ, and plan for their futures. I get to help keep the youth progressing through this program. I love that I get to help these young people come to know their Savior because without His help and Grace, they cannot have the happiness that comes through righteous living.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

I think that the first step toward stopping the spread and influence of pornography is recognizing it for what it is. It is as tempting as it is addictive and destructive. It undermines relationships, it appeals to the carnal that is within us, and it absolutely decimates the families that it touches. Once we have an appreciation for what pornography is, we need to surround ourselves with godliness and those things that will lift our minds and our thoughts to God. We must pray constantly for strength to resist temptations that, at times, seam insurmountable. In addition, we must recognize that any one of us is susceptible to its influence, and we must place boundaries around ourselves to keep us safe in times of weakness. No one is on their game 100% of the time. We will have moments of weakness, and we need boundaries. At the end of the day, pornography is stopped in its tracks one individual and one family at a time. In homes where God's commandments are followed, where the spirit of the Lord is felt, and where family members strengthen each other, pornography has no place. Show more Show less