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Hi I'm Brenden

I'm a college kid who's just living life (in a good way). Yep-I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm just your typical, average, run-of-the-mill-but-happy type of guy who goes to college and relaxes when there's time. Yeah, college can be busy but I secretly enjoy it a lot, especially when all the hard work pays off! Personally, I enjoy a lot of things: hiking, reading, playing the piano, racquetball, badminton (just took it up recently), etc. All the simple things in life that sometimes get forgotten in the hustle of getting from one place to the next. Yet the most interesting hobby I have right now is searching for that magical set of vocations, a career if you will, that I can pursue for the next decade or so; it's a very intriguing task, that's for sure! Well, life is what it is and I enjoy living it, whatever it may be in the end!

Why I am a Mormon

When my friends would ask me what religion I believed, I would never shy away from saying I was mormon (or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: long name but it makes sense)! I'm a mormon because, well, not only do I believe and practice the Church's teachings, but by it I can believe and understand everything else around me; the Church puts things into such a perspective that my relationship with God, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost makes more relevance to me than through anything else. I can say that I understand why I am here, why God sent me here, what is the purpose of life, the great and fundamental "why" that everyone asks but so few ever seem to answer, and no where else have I found an answer so fulfilling. C.S. Lewis once made a remark about this feeling I have: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” Unlike Lewis, however, I feel something much more. Being mormon has led me to come closer to Jesus Christ than I ever thought was possible. I'm not perfect, nor do I expect to be any time soon (that's for sure!) but because I have listened to Christ's representatives on the earth today, the prophets, and read the Book of Mormon, having actually applied those principles in my life- I have actually learned more about, sympathized for, admired and appreciated my Savior. I can honestly and happily say that I'm a christian, that I'm a latter-day Saint, because I'm a "mormon." I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I can happily say that the fullness (or entirety) of Christ's Gospel has been brought back to the earth again by our loving Heavenly Father, through means of modern revelation and prophets.

How I live my faith

I recently have served for two years as a volunteer missionary; I served in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky and learned to really love everyone in that area! I was hard sometimes to try to talk to people about religion, but those who were searching for answers always came out and blessed my life in return. By far going out and sharing what I believe with others has been my favorite way of living my faith. I also help my congregation by being one of the secretaries that helps the Bishop organize and run things (a bishop is sort of like a pastor). I've never been paid for this or my missionary service, but in this Church that's the whole secret of it: we do it because we love each other; None of us get a paycheck for proselyting or preaching. Have you ever had that warm feeling when you do something good for someone, especially when it didn't "help" you at all? It's that warm fuzzy feeling that makes it all worth it.