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Hi I'm Banner

I'm an aspiring young singer who wants to sing opera, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey, I grew up in a family of eight. All of my five sisters are adopted and three of them are African-American. It was rather peculiar thing sometimes to see our family at church or even in a store at the same time when I was a kid. Besides that like I wrote before I'm a young singer, currently going to schools, and looking to sing professionally some day. I love fishing, reading, sometimes going for a run, and hope for a time when I can own my own home. When I was young my mother actually used to homeschool us. I think the first time I went to a public school was when I was about eight and that was just for a few hours at a time. I did attend High School full time and went to a local community college after I graduated. When I was 19 I served a mission for the church in Brasil, I like their spelling better, in a city in the south called Curitiba. Came back two years later and have been wandering around here ever since.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, we went to church as a family every Sunday. There of course were times when we didn't go because of a vacation or being sick, but for the most part we didn't miss when we didn't have to. As you age sometimes you question what your parents teach you or tell you to do. For me this was a difficult thing, because as a child I had such powerful experiences that I did not question if this was the "real" church of Christ. I simply knew it was. I knew Christ was our Savior and he sacrificed himself for us. I knew that the Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith was an actual prophet. As I matured I began to forget some of this, or perhaps, not forget but lose touch with what had once been a sure knowledge. When I decided to serve a mission when I was 19, there were many things which I had to revisit in order to gain a sure knowledge that what I was going to teach was true. My firmest 'confirmation' of the truthfulness of this church came to me one day as I was thinking about some of the scriptures I had just read in the Book of Mormon. I silently said a prayer merely to ask for understanding of what I was reading. After this prayer I sat for a moment in the quiet of the room and began to feel a powerful sensation of comfort in my heart. You may hear many people describe this as a burning in your bossom and it truely feels like this. For me it was so powerful I can never deny it, I know what I felt and know it's meaning and know for myself it was my Heavenly Father confirming the truthfulness of his words in my heart. Perhaps you read this and scoff at the experiences of a simple man who chooses to trust what his heart has felt rather then what his mind might say. I however stand and testify of the truth which is contained in the Book of Mormon and that Christ has once more established his church on the Earth in our day.

How I live my faith

For me living my faith is a basic day to day thing. If you look at your life as your own personal garden you know you can choose to plant anything you wish to in it. When you plant good things in it, good things grow. When you plant bad... I merely do my best to do good things and help those good things to flourish in my life. To maintain my knowledge of the gospel and stay firm in the teachings of our Savior I try my best to read the scriptures daily, say prayers, go to church, serve others, and do what most people might consider to be good things. Am I perfect in any of this? No, that would be crazy. I'm just your typical guy trying to be better then he was yesterday by doing the small and simple things that requires.