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Hi I'm Braden Snell

I'm a Mormon, software developer, occasional slam poet, and soon-to-be-father

About Me

Where I've lived: 50% Utah 40% Massachusetts 10% Nevada My mother is English and my Dad is Texan - they met in Germany. And now I am in Arizona. That shouldn't last too long though because I am a missionary! I get to travel around the Las Vegas, Kingman, Bullhead, Needles, Lake Havasu, Blythe area for 2 years. So far I've been doing it for about 1.5 years. After I am done I should return to Brigham Young University to study.... well I am not exactly sure yet. I love soccer, big whiteboards, and web development has been a hobby of mine as well. Life is good. Being a missionary is awesome.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. And I've chosen to stick around! Why? The gospel makes sense to me. It works for me. It does what it claims to do. Jesus said, "By their fruits ye shall know them." I've seen the fruits of gospel living in my life and I know they are there because of how I live my life. Every part of my life is influenced by my identity as a son of God, my desire to follow Jesus Christ, and by my unashamed claim to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith right now by doing my best to fulfill my responsibilities as a husband and a soon-to-be father. There are many other components to living my faith but family is always at the center. Everything else I do to live my faith has that end in mind.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Braden Snell
When we pray we begin by addressing God. Our address to the Almighty can take several different forms, however, the most common salutation among Latter-day Saints are the personable words: “Dear Heavenly Father.” God is the Father of our spirits and each time we pray we remind ourselves of this most important relationship. The family constitutes a divine pattern. From our Heavenly Father and spiritual siblings to our own biological relatives, the family stands central to the Creator's plan. Thus the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands now and will ever stand in support of the traditional nuclear family. It is in our families that we grow and learn. Study after study has shown that children raised in a home with a married mother and father attain greater spiritual and secular success in their lives. Poverty is less likely and emotional distresses are far more rare when children are given this strong foundation. God has revealed through prophets past and present that only in the through the family can we attain the greatest gifts God has in store for us. Embedded in family life is the strongest potential for happiness and “happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our Father in Heaven wants us to be happy and He knows that we will be the most happy as we form sacred family relationships. Show more Show less