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Hi I'm Brendan

I'm a musician, a teacher, and a friend. I'm a return missionary, and I'm a mormon

About Me

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I volunteer two years of my life, paying my own way, to go out and teach the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I've spent many years playing the Violin and Piano, and have developed skills in singing and several other instruments. I've written and arranged songs for performance among my family and friends, and have enjoyed sharing the gift with the world. I've been a teacher and tutor in schools and church, and enjoy helping others gain knowledge. Just shortly before coming out on my mission, I had a chance to go to school for a semester, in Music Education, preparing to teach at the high school level, not knowing quite why, and it has been one of the best things I've done. I learned how to teach and relate to people, and I'll be continuing my schooling when I return home in Behavioral Sciences. I have had many experiences in life to follow and to not follow the teachings of the church, and I have had my own share of struggles and trials, as we all do. However, as I've lived what I've learned, and kept myself close to my Savior, I have found great joy and comfort in the teachings of the church and the living prophets, and peace in the feeling of love that comes from our savior, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in Utah for all my life, being raised in a Mormon family. But I didn't really know it was true until a few years ago. I felt very little happiness, and never felt fulfilled as I tried to follow some of the things the world says would bring happiness. I went to see one of my leaders, and discussed many different things about my doubts and such, and my life began to change for good. I started to live the standards that I had been taught, and, as I did this, I came to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and that he is there for me. Through this church, I'm able to be at peace when a loved one passes away, repent of the wrong doings I have committed, and become free of guilt. I have peace of mind that things will work out for the best, because I know that God is watching out for me as an individual, and that he will never abandon me. I know for a surety that Christ lives, and that he has restored this church by His own hand. He loves each and every one of us, and wants the very best for us, and will do everything he can to make that happen.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving the people in the Rancho Cucamonga area of Southern California. It is a wonderful opportunity to bear witness of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and that we are led by a Prophet of God today. I study every day from the Bible and the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and do everything I can to apply the things I learn there to myself and my teaching. I do everything possible so that if someone were to look at me, they would be able to see that I am a Christian person, without having to ask. I have also served as a Sunday School Teacher, a leader in the Youth Organizations of the church, and a Pianist/Organist in our worship meetings.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Brendan
After we die, our bodies are placed in the grave, but our spirit lives on. We continue to learn and progress in a place called the Spirit World, and we wait there until the Second Coming of Christ, when all people shall be resurrected. This means that those members of my family, along with friends and others, who have passed away are not gone forever, but I will indeed see them again, alive and well. I have prayed about this, and even shed more tears than I care to admit, but I know that this is true. I know that I will see my loved ones again, as will all others on the earth. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Brendan
The Book of Mormon is the word of God, similar to the Bible. It is a record of the ancestors of the American Indians, and contains their works from 600 BC to 421 AD. It records the coming of Christ to the Americas after his death and resurrection, and his teaching them the basic principles of the Gospel. The Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and is the corner-stone of our religion. If the Book of Mormon is false, then all we claim is false, and we have nothing. However, if it is true, and I know it is, along with several million Latter-Day Saints as well, then everything we claim is true, that Joseph Smith restored the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth, received the priesthood keys from the resurrected beings John the baptist and Apostles Peter, James, and John as well as other Prophets, and that everything else we claim is real and true. You can know that it is true for yourself. As it reads in Moroni 10: 3-5, we can know if the book is true if we read it, ponder it, and then pray with real intent to know if it is true. I've done it, and I now know for myself that it is from God, and it is his word to us in the final days before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Brendan
The priesthood is the ability given to men to act in God's name, and to use his power for the benefit of man. This power was given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, and has been given to all worthy male members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and gives said men the right and priveledge to lead congregations, perform the saving ordinances required to enter into the Kingdom of God, and to heal the sick and afflicted. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Brendan
Faith is not a perfect knowledge, like being able to see someone and know they exist. Faith, instead, is to believe and have hope for things which aren't seen, but are still there and true. Faith means that we don't just think that our Heavenly Father is there; it means to trust him and his wisdom, have confidence that He is, indeed, real, and act on your belief that he's there and do the things that he's commanded us to do, the things that he has revealed to his prophets throughout time. Faith can sometimes be hard to gain, but even if you just want to believe it is true, that is enough to start. If you want to develop faith, as you go forth trying to prove something true and to get an answer, your faith will grow, and you will know if it is from God or not. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Brendan
Blessings that come from the scriptures vary anywhere from feeling closer to God, to finding answers to questions, to finding advice on how to run (or even not run) your family. I've found that as I learn more of the teachings found in the scriptures, I want to be a better person; my day goes better because I have the spirit with me. I have found answers to some of the biggest questions in life as I've read and studied God's word, as well as answers to the little things. The greatest blessing is an increased testimony of Jesus Christ and a greater knowledge of his sacrifice and love for me. I have come to know God because of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, as well as other scripture. Show more Show less