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Hi I'm Brandon!

I'm a creative web developer, student, musician, photographer, and writer. I love to build and fix things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up near Los Angeles and was raised in the Church as the oldest of four children. I attended Brigham Young University for two years pursuing a degree in Computer Science with an emphasis in Animation. I recently ended my service as a full time missionary for the Church in Córdoba, Argentina and I returned to BYU to continue studying. I have a ridiculous amount of things I want to do in this life. I want to get married and have a family. I want to reform the way we think about education. I want to start my own business. I want to make awesome music and share it with the world. I want to explore completely new places and ideas. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do all of that in this life, but I trust that if I follow God's plan for me He'll help me be happy no matter what happens.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church and will continue to be a member. The Gospel of Jesus Christ provides a way for us to return to live with God, our Heavenly Father, and to eventually become like Him. I can do this through no other mediator besides Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only Church on the earth with the authority to administer the ordinances necessary for salvation and eternal life with God. I have felt the Holy Spirit testify to me through my thoughts and feelings when I pray, hear the testimonies of others, listen to prophets and apostles speak, sing hymns of praise to God, and bear my own testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Christ. Apart from the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ is necessary to help us achieve eternal life with our Heavenly Father, it provides an environment of friendship that can be found nowhere else. Although I grew up in a largely non-Mormon school district, most of my friends were still from the Church. Other members have the same high standards I do and give me positive pressure to keep those standards. I gain strength, confidence, and inspiration from prayer. I can find answers to various questions I have through study of scripture and revelation. Service opportunities allow me have fun getting to know and helping others. I love to sing in Sunday meetings and other Church activities.

How I live my faith

Even though I was raised in the Church, I'm still learning and growing in it to this day. I continue to develop an even greater understanding of doctrine, whether they are basic or more in depth. I like to share what I learn with others, especially close friends and family. I attend weekly church meetings and activities. Going to Church helps me to feel reinvigorated and motivated to continue my goals in life. They remind me I can be happy by keeping high standards while making decisions. I spend most of my time with other members of the Church as they help me to live a clean and happy life. In addition to outward actions, I try to study the scriptures and pray daily. Both of these activities help me to think about and appreciate my life more and encourage me to maintain my commitment to live with high moral standards.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Brandon!
Women don't hold the priesthood because that is they way the Lord has instructed us to organize His Church. Nevertheless, all people - even non members - may be recipients to the blessings of the Priesthood. Everyone on earth may receive priesthood blessings of healing and comfort, and all can be served by those who hold the Priesthood. Those who choose to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ may participate in ordinances such as baptism which are only made possible through the Priesthood. Women are still important and necessary - they hold callings and positions of leadership in the Church and serve faithfully as supportive spouses and mothers. Women are still very much essential to the success of the Church and God's plan for us. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brandon!
Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - we are followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that it is through and by Jesus Christ that we are saved from death unconditionally and have the opportunity to live with God forever after we die. We try to remember the Atonement He performed for us which makes this possible and His perfect example which we can follow in order to be happy in this life and the next. Jesus Christ is the center of our lifestyle and what we teach - in every sense we are true Christians. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Brandon!
Being a Mormon is awesome. I feel happy during most of my life because I have confidence that I know and do what is best for me. My family is very stable and cooperative. I have friends who are helpful and fun to be around. Perhaps what I appreciate the most is the eternal perspective the message of the Gospel brings. If I follow God's commandments on earth, I can live with Him again after I die. I want to share this message of hope with the rest of God's children. I want to raise a family of my own and bring up children in happiness. I know that if I do what God asks He will bless me and I will have even more freedom to learn and grow in the life to come. Show more Show less