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Hi I'm Brendan

I am from beautiful southern California. I love the arts, the beach and the Lord. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in San Diego and the Church. I was born of "goodly parents" who raised me right and taught me to be honest and help others. I played water polo and tennis in High School and attended the university for a while before my mission. I am currently serving in the Mexico, Oaxaca mission which is completely amazing. I like to dabble in a little bit of everything from music, literature and art films to trail riding on my mountain bike. The beach has always drawn me and I am a certified scuba diver with dives logged in California, Hawaii and Mexico. I have swam with sharks, eels and octopi and the sense of discovery from exploring such a radically different environment keeps me coming back. When push comes to shove though, my family is the most important thing in the world to me and any time spent with them is better than the coolest dive or ride by myself. I am the youngest of 6 children and am forever grateful for the amazing examples and help they have given me. Nací en San Diego y en la Iglesia. Nací de "buenos padres" que me crió y me enseñó de ser honesto y ayudar a otros. Me gusta experimentar un poco de todo, desde la música a caminar en mi bicicleta de montaña. La playa siempre me ha llamado la atención y yo soy un buzo certificado, con inmersiones en California, Hawai y México. He nadado con tiburones, anguilas y pulpos. Sin embargo, mi familia es lo más importante en el mundo para mí y tiempo pasado con ellos es mejor que el mejor buceo o un paseo por mi cuenta.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because that's what my parents taught me. But far more importantly because I have seen the miracle of forgiveness and the atonement of Jesus Christ in my own life. The Gospel is not about punishment and although we may go through challenges and difficulties in our lives we can always remember that God is our loving Heavenly Father and as such always has our best interests at heart. When we maintain the perspective that everything that God gives us, both good and bad is for our benefit in the long run, it is easy to stay hopeful and truly obtain the joy for which we were made. The Beatles really did hit the nail on the head when they said that all you need is love. The love of God in my life and my desire to share it with others are what keeps me going through the tough times. I am a Mormon because God cares enough about me to answer my prayers and tell me that this is His church and that is really all I need. Soy un mormón, porque eso es lo que me enseñaron mis padres. Pero mucho más importante es que he visto el milagro del perdón y la expiación de Jesucristo en mi propia vida. El Evangelio no tiene nada que ver con castigos y aunque podemos pasar por desafíos y dificultades en nuestras vidas siempre podemos recordar que Dios es nuestro amoroso Padre Celestial y como tal, siempre tiene nuestros mejores intereses en el corazón. Cuando mantenemos la perspectiva de que todo lo que Dios nos da, tanto bueno como malo es para nuestro beneficio en el fin, es fácil mantener la esperanza y lograr la alegría que nos merecemos. The Beatles realmente tenían razón cuando dijeron que todo lo que necesitamos es amor. El amor de Dios en mi vida y mi deseo de compartirlo con los demás es lo que me hace seguir adelante en los momentos difíciles. Yo soy un mormón, porque Dios se preocupa lo tanto de mí que él responde de mis oraciones y me dice que esta es su iglesia.

How I live my faith

Right now I live my faith by hitting the pavement all day everyday, rain or shine, and sharing it with anybody at all who will listen. Such is the rather transcendental life of a missionary. I live it by loving the Lord with all my might and constantly thanking Him for all that he has given me while striving to keep his commandments. I also live it by trying to share that love with my fellow brothers and sisters and do all that I can to help and serve them. The happiest moments of my life are when I have the chance to make someone else's burdens a little lighter. Ahora vivo mi fe por andar en las calles de Oaxaca, México donde estoy sirviendo una misión de tiempo completo, y compartir el evangelio con cualquiera persona que quiere escuchar. Así es la vida un misionero. Lo vivo por amar al Señor con todas mis fuerzas y constantemente darle las gracias por todo lo que me ha dado y esforzarme por guardar sus mandamientos. Yo también lo vivo tratando de compartir ese amor con mis hermanos y hermanas, y hacer todo lo que puedo para ayudar y servir a ellos. Los momentos más felices de mi vida son cuando tengo la oportunidad de hacer la carga de otra persona un poco más ligera.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I proselyte because I have been so blessed by the gospel. "I cannot see another's lack and I not share" Just as it is important to share our physical substance with those who are in need it is even more important to share what we have received spiritually and help others gain that marvelous knowledge for themselves. I try to live my life with the purpose of helping others as much as possible and I cannot see a better way to do it than to spread the Gospel, the greatest help and blessing I have in my life. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

I sincerely believe that all societal changes begin within each us as individuals and then spread outward from there. To phrase that in terms of the question, in order to put a stop to the spread and influence of pornography we must first eliminate all traces of it from our own lives. Anything that is at all conducive to encountering or actively seeking that kind of addictive and destructive material must be highly regulated. In our homes we should be very careful as to the type of movies we watch, things we read and websites we visit and ensure that our children understand the importance of shunning those things at all times. As parents we cannot allow for any indulgence in the slightest. Watching 10 minutes of some less than appropriate TV show shows your children that it is ok to look and experiment and from there it is a very slippery slope. To summarize, we must eliminate any thing from our lives that is in any way pornographic or leads to such thoughts, regulate the media that enters into our homes and teach our children in terms they can uinderstand (and before they get into trouble in the first place) the grave importance of avoiding pornagraphy in any and all of its forms. It is truly an abominable practice and if society is to realize that, each and every one of us must individually internalize that truth. Show more Show less