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Hi I'm Brenden

I'm a Mormon, since Christmas 2001.

About Me

I grew up as a Catholic in a Mormon town, I served as an alter boy and attended church and ccd on a regular basis. My Dad worked for the Union Pacific railroad, he taught me and my brothers how to hunt and fish. As a family we went camping every summer, sometimes spending as long as two weeks at a time camping. My mother was the master camper and taught me most of what I learned about camping. I belonged to the only non LDS Boy Scout troop in my city. I became an Eagle Scout just before my 18th birthday. I spent time in the Army National Guard as a Cavalry Scout and then trained with the 19th Special Forces Group in Salt Lake. I went to school for Automechanics, but couldn't get a job as a mechanic. Ironically I was once denied a job in Salt Lake for being too Mormon. I hired on with the Union Pacific railroad as a switchman/brakeman in Los Angeles. I met my wonderful wife in Salt Lake while she was going to broadcast school, and we married shortly after I started working for the UP. After about a year I took promtion to Conductor, then after 10 years took promotion to Train Dispatcher. We have six children 2 girls and 4 boys. I came from a big family 2 girls and 6 boys and always wanted a big family. I still like to hunt, fish, and camp. I have been a volunteer for the Boy Scouts on and off for the last 20 years. I have recently become a volunteer Hunter Safety Instructor.

Why I am a Mormon

I fell in love with and married my sweetheart. She had grown up in a active Mormon family and has alway been a faithful member of the church. After 14 years of marriage, I decided to come to grips with what I believed and started to read the Bible. That same year my wife and I decided to try out a program called 40 days closer to Christ, reading the Book of Mormon in 40 days, as part of advent, 40 days preceding Christmas. Having spent several months reading the Bible and Now the Book of Mormon, I was impressed by the truth of the Book of Mormon, and knew that if the Book of Morman was true, then the Mormon Chuch had to be true, I started taking the Missionary discussions, which by the way I had done several times before during my years of marriage. However this time I opened my heart to let the the Holy Ghost talk to me and I listened for the still small voice. I spent many hours on my knees in prayer, in order to make sure that what I was feeling was true and not just what I wanted to feel or what would be convenient for my family. I learned of the Truth of Joseph Smith, of the Book of Mormon and of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I was baptised on Christmas morning 2001. I know that Christ is in my life, and the lives of my children, I know that my children love Christ and follow him. I have my wife to thank for her patience, and her belief in Christ, and her belief in me.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to have spent most of my time in the Church working with the youth. I have been an 11 year old scout leader helping the youngest scouts to get a jump start in their scouting. As an 11 year old scout a boy has either just finished Webelos or is just starting his Scouting experience. As an 11 year old leader, the goal is to help the boy to earn his First Class rank during his first year. This can be challenging for the boys as well as the leaders and requires a great deal of preparation, persperation, and patience. The boys learn alot during that first year and it gives them a foundation to be able to continue with their Scouting and earn their Eagle. I also have had the opportunity to work with the older boys helping them progress in their scouting as well as their spiritual development. I have also been able to teach classes for adults, I have learned that in teaching a class, I learn more than I teach. I feel blessed to be able to serve within my church, whether it be teaching a class, helping someone move, or visiting a family and making sure their needs are met. I know that I am doing what my Savior Jesus Christ would want me to do.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I found out that Mormonism is true by reading the Book or Mormon and praying, asking my Father in Heaven as to the truth of the Book of Mormon and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. Sincere prayer, with an open heart, and a willingness to listen for an answer, no matter what the answer may be is the best way to know of the truth. Our Heavenly Father through the Holy Ghost will speak to us if we are willing to listen. Show more Show less