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Hi I'm Briton

I grew up in Utah, moved to Texas my junior year of high school, and now I attend the University of Texas at Austin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to play the violin. I started learning when I was in 4th grade and haven't stopped. Theater is one of my treasured hobbies, from seeing shows to acting in them myself, something I've done with community theater and in high school. I am currently a student at one of the most renowned universities in the state of Texas and am studying English and working toward my teaching certificate. I am an animal lover who has done everything from bringing home strays and finding them a home to having my own animal companions. I've volunteered at local animal shelters and have worked at an amazing animal kennel, something I did because I wanted my first job to help me learn to love to work. I figured that a job revolving around something I was passionate about would be the best bet for accomplishing this.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon. From as early as I can recall, my mother took me with her to church on Sundays. My father was not a member and I hadn't questioned why he wasn't until we moved to southern Utah and I noticed that all of my friends' dads came with them to church. When asked, he said that he wasn't a member because his parents and grandparents were not and he hadn't been given much exposure to the church outside of my mom. It was then that I realized that not everyone knew what I knew about the church, and perhaps even I didn't really know what I thought I did. I began to pay more attention to my lessons in church and to the talks during Sacrament meeting to decide if I really knew and believed what was being taught. It was quite some time before I built my own understanding of the Church and its doctrines. In that time, my father converted to the Church and I was able to (re)learn with him. I am a Mormon because I know without a doubt in my heart that this church is true.

How I live my faith

I do my best to serve others through my church calling, volunteering through organizations nearby, and by extending a helping hand to those around me. I was Beehive President, Laurel president, and I worked with the youth leaders to plan activities to include more of the young ladies in our ward and help them to bond with each other. I am now a teacher in my ward's Relief Society, the largest women's organization; I'm learning and growing as I teach the other ladies on the second Sunday of every month. A problem I've personally experienced and subsequently observed in the members of the church is feeling lonely or just out of the loop. It feels awful and I encourage any activity that might help people to get to know one another and make new friends.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Briton
We believe that families will be together for time and all eternity. This has helped me through the passing of family and friends because, while it is incredibly painful to lose someone, I know that we will be together again. I cannot begin to explain the great comfort this is for me. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Briton
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not practice polygamy. In our history there have been incidences where plural marriage was practiced, but it was only done so under the direction of the Lord and the supervision of the church leaders at that time. Those who do practice plural marriage are not members of this church. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Briton
We don't partake of these things because they are detrimental to our bodies and our minds. There is also a misconception about our inability to drink caffeinated sodas; we can and many members do. We are, however, encouraged not to. Show more Show less