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Hi I'm Brady Davis.

I run cross country and track. I'm an Eagle Scout, I'm a Portuguese-speaking missionary, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona. My parents are both LDS, and I was baptized when I was eight. I started running in sixth grade for my Personal Fitness merit badge for Boy Scouts, and I've been hooked ever since. When I was twelve, I moved to Montana. I attended middle school and my first two years of high school there. I also went to my first two years of early-morning Mormon Seminary. I made it to state in cross country and wrestling, and I also ran track. After my sophomore year, I moved to Florida. I met so many amazing new people there. Running in Florida taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance. During cross country season, I made it to the Region Meet and ran a 17:01 in the 5K (3.1 miles). During track season, I made it to the District Meet and ran a 10:31 in the two-mile. This year, I also ran a 4:59.7 one-mile. In the summer of 2013, my family moved to Prescott Valley, Arizona. My family didn't have to search for a new church when we moved to Prescott because there are congregations of the LDS Church everywhere on Earth, and each one is guided by Christ through today's prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Throughout my ever-changing life, the one thing that has remained constant is the Church. On July 31, 2013, I entered the Provo Missionary Training Center in preparation for my mission in Recife, Brazil. I am learning Portuguese and striving to love my two companions. Soon I will be bringing the glad message of Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Brazil!

Why I am a Mormon

I have the greatest LDS parents in the world! My dad was baptized when he was 19. When he was 20, he went on a mission to Quito, Ecuador. Now he's an orthopedic surgeon. My mom's been LDS her entire life. Through her, my Mormon genealogy goes back 7 generations to Parley P. Pratt, who knew the prophet Joseph Smith. My mom now serves as the president of the Relief Society--the women's organization--in my congregation. I also have a testimony of my own, which I gained when I was 13. While I was reading the Book of Mormon for the second time, when I was in the middle of 2nd Nephi, I felt a strong impression from the Holy Ghost to kneel down and ask God whether the Book of Mormon is true. I remembered the words of the ancient prophet-historian Moroni, who said, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:3-4). With this promise in mind, I knelt down and asked God with unconditional, unwavering faith if the Book of Mormon is true. At that moment, I heard the still, small voice of the Holy Ghost bear record to me of the truthfulness of the Book. "Brady, you know that it is true. You have known it all your life."

How I live my faith

I continually become converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through daily scripture study and prayer. I never use profanity or foul language or take the Lord's name in vain. I strive to honor my parents. I love my family. I never watch rated R movies, at home or with my friends. I choose not to smoke, do drugs, or drink alcohol, coffee, or tea. I keep the Sabbath Day holy by choosing not to work out on Sundays. I choose not to disfigure my body with tattoos or piercings. I love learning and enjoy school. I also attend early-morning Seminary at 6:25 A.M. every day before school. I teach lessons and preach sermons in Church, and I am only eighteen years old! Every Wednesday, I go to Mutual and participate in activities with my youth group. We serve others, do family history work, go mountain biking, and work on teamwork skills. I also have chosen not to have a steady girlfriend before my mission. This allows me to meet more wonderful young women in my high school years and stay focused on my goal of serving a mission.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brady Davis.
Members of the Church worship the Savior. We beleive that Joseph Smith restored Christ's Gospel in 1830, and we honor him for this, but we do not worship him. Joseph Smith and all of the 19th-century Saints also worshiped the Savior. We believe, like they did, that through Christ's great Atoning Sacrifice, we can be saved from our sins and return to the presence of our Father in Heaven. After Jesus ascended into heaven and Peter and the twelve apostles were killed, the Power of God--the Priesthood--was taken from the Earth. In 1819, when Joseph Smith was 14, he went to a small grove of trees near his farm home in Palmyra, New York, to pray. In this Sacred Grove, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and told him that all of the churches on the Earth at the time were wrong, and that in time the would restore the Truth. In the year 1829, John the Baptist and Peter, James, and John restored the the priesthood to the Earth by bestowing it upon Joseph Smith. The following year, Joseph Smith organized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Without Joseph Smith's sincere desire to know the Truth, this Church would not be here today. Because of his faith, we are led by a prophet in this day and age, even Thomas S. Monson, who receives revelation from Christ and guides us through the trials of modern times. Mormons are happy because we know that we are following Christ's desires for us today. Show more Show less