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Hi I'm Brandon

I study International Relations and Chinese. I sing in one of the largest men's choirs in the United States. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a third year college student studying International Relations and Chinese - but I'm not really sure what I want to do with my life. I have big dreams, and I want to make a difference in the world, but I often feel overwhelmed by stress and unsure of what path to take. I am a dedicated student, and I pack my schedule full of as many classes as I can, because I feel a responsibility to my parents - who provide for my education - and to God - who has blessed me all my life - to obtain as much training, knowledge, and character out of my university experience as possible. That means I'm really busy, and I often have only a few minutes of free time in my day. When I'm not studying I am singing in the Men's Choir on campus, playing volleyball, playing the piano, or taking a break with Angry Birds. I married my wife last December and we are hoping to start our family soon. I'm nervous to be a dad, but I know God will make me strong enough to do anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, but being raised in the church does not guarantee faith in Jesus Christ - though it certainly helps. I obeyed the rules of the church and attended regularly because of my family's example, but as I entered middle school and high school I wanted to know for myself if God was real and if the church my family attended was true. Why would I care about finding a true church? In May of my Junior Year in high school I was finished with AP tests and most of my finals, so I spent most of my day playing Golf on my PlayStation2. From the time school let out until I fell asleep I would play that game, until one afternoon I beat every contest, obtained every upgrade, and all in all finished the game. My first thought was to run and tell someone that I had completely mastered the game, but as I wondered who I would tell, I realized that it was nothing to be proud of. I began to reflect on my life, and on where it was heading. I wanted to be a good person - that I knew - and I wanted to do good things and make the world a better place. It occurred to me that I could never be and do those things while playing Nintendo games. I went to my room and fell to my knees and prayed for direction. As I prayed, I knew that I needed to read the scriptures more diligently, so I grabbed my Book of Mormon and started reading. For the next month I read for an hour every day, reading from the Book of Mormon and the New Testament, praying for God to help me love like He loves. I turned off the Nintendo - permanently - along with the TV and computer. I avoided all forms of media entertainment for 6 weeks, choosing to sacrifice the games I loved in return for faith in Jesus Christ and a knowledge of God's love for me. My sacrifice was accepted, and one morning as I knelt in my room, I felt the love of God surround me, and His Spirit poured into my soul. I knew then, as I know now, that God is real, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one decision at a time. Every choice I make, I make with God in mind. This helps me always choose the path that leads to lasting happiness, not just fleeting pleasure. I serve as a leader in my church, helping organize and prepare the lessons that are taught each week to the Priesthood. Along with other leaders in my church, we take time each week to visit members and non-members that are struggling in any way, offering our friendship and assistance. I sing in a missionary choir that brings uplifting messages through music to anyone willing to listen. I record names from the census in order to help other people find their family history, as I have found mine. But most of all, I try to live like Jesus Christ lived. I think about His life and His words every day, and I try to pattern myself after Him. I know that God is proud of me when I choose to follow His Son Jesus Christ.