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Hi I'm Brandon

I grew up on a lacrosse field in Georgia. I'm in Salt Lake City (yes...Utah) helping people accept Christ. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Lacrosse made up most of my life up until now. I fell in love with lacrosse when Grandad gave me my first lacrosse stick when I was four. In fourth grade I joined a league, scored only a single goal, but fell in love with the sport. I continued playing into high school and loved my four years playing with some great guys. I ended up as an All-American my senior year and nearly broke my heart when we lost in the semi-finals of the state tournament. I didn't play in college for a few reasons, but mostly because it just didn't seem like the best thing to do anymore (plus the lack of college running after me made my decision all the easier). I'm now a missionary for my church in Salt Lake City, UT (yes...there are missionaries in Utah). It surprised me went I found out where I was going, but I love it and there's no place on earth I would rather be. I spend all day, every day talking with the hispanic people who live here about Christ and His Church (that probably doesn't sound like the thrill it really is).

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the South didn’t leave me with a lot of people my own age with the same faith as me. Only a few people from my church went to my high school of over 2,000 kids, and only one graduated in the same class as me (he's in Japan on a mission). Back at home nearly everyone who knew me also knew I was Mormon. The guys on the lacrosse team realized it early on when my younger brother and I missed every Sunday game, which unfortunately included the championship to nearly every tournament our team made. The kids in yearbook realized it when we passed out the annual individualized t-shirts and mine said “I’m a Mormon.” And I have no idea how the rest of the school knew. Somehow or another it seemed like everyone knew. But I’m glad they know because I know it's the way to happiness. I hope all my friends and family one day make the same choice I have. I'm a Mormon because I know God loves me and wants me to do this.

How I live my faith

Throughout my short nineteen years I’ve met a lot of people. Most have some sort of faith to call their own. Some of them talk openly about their faith. And some of them try to live their faith daily, and my hope is that I can be included in that group. Living my faith means not hesitating to make a choice I know is right even though its normally no fun in that moment. In high school that meant not playing sports on Sunday (made easier by great teammates who always gave me a hard time but respected the choice) and staying away from the party scene. At times it was miserable. But living my faith also meant loving all people, including my friends who made choices polar opposite than mine. Now that I'm on a mission for my church, living my faith changed. Now I have a name tag with "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" on it (well, it really says "La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias") which changes the whole playing field, especially here in Utah. Everyone here knows all about missionaries. Suddenly every single move we make is noticed and judged. We try our best to be representatives of Christ and His Church, and when we make mistakes we simply move forward with faith.