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Hi I'm Braiden

I'm a beach bum from Southern California, I'll play any instrument I can get my hands on, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was originally born in Salt Lake City, UT, but grew up in Southern California. I found it nice growing up with perspectives gained from living both places, as I was better able to understand people from a variety of walks of life. One thing that I've always been interested in is music. When I was five, my Mom started me on piano lessons. Though practicing was a pain, she wouldn't let me quit, and I eventually gained a deep love for the piano. Because of that love, I also went on to teach myself guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, and also joined choir in High School. It didn't matter if I was singing a latin mass in choir, or playing something more popular on the guitar--I was always grateful for the enjoyment I was able to get from music. Currently, I'm taking two years off of school to serve as a missionary for the church in the England London South Mission. I'm enjoying being able to dedicate everything to the Lord, and being able to help others find the same happiness that I've found in the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Salt Lake City to a very active Mormon family, and so I was raised with the Church's standards. However, my belief in its truth was mostly dependent upon my parents' beliefs. When I hit my teenage years, I had to make a decision for myself whether I was going to live according to the same standards my parents lived, or if I was going to go my own way. After some trial and error, I began to understand how lucky I was to have had those standards in my life before, and quickly put myself back in a position to fix the mistakes I had made and continue to grow. As I've made that decision, I've noticed so much peace in my life, knowing that I do have a Father in Heaven, and that He loves me dearly, wants the best for me, and will guide me personally to where I can be happiest.

How I live my faith

I make sure to always see the good around me. I know that all things good came from our Father in Heaven, and that as I seek to find the good in others and in my surroundings, I can learn more fully how to become as Christ, and to come closer to Him. When I do that, I find myself happier, and more able to help others.

What is the priesthood?

Braiden
The Priesthood is a power that God has given to men to help others here on earth. It gives both the authority to lead others and perform saving ordinances (such as baptism), and the power to give blessings to others, whether for healing or comfort. It is only employed to help others, and can not be used for any personal gain. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Braiden
Simply ask God! One of the things I love most about being a member of the church is that we are invited constantly to ask God if the things that we are told are true. When we do ask, He always answers us through his Spirit. Being as we are all different, He speaks to us in different ways, just as a parent doesn't necessarily talk to all of their children in the exact same way. Regardless, He knows how to speak to us so that we will understand it, and be able to benefit most from that answer. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Braiden
Christ has said himself that all of us must be baptized by proper priesthood authority to fulfill all righteousness, even as he himself was. However, there are an incredible number of people who have died over the millennia who have never even heard of baptism, and more that never even had the opportunity to be baptized. So that they have an opportunity to accept the baptism as well, members of the church can be baptized in behalf of those who have passed on. When we do this, it allows them to decide for themselves in the afterlife whether they decide to accept this covenant or not. Thus, everyone is given that chance to live with our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less