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Hi I'm Braden

I love board games. I grew up in Arizona. I am a Pediatric Dentist. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I've been married since 2010 and I've never been happier. The story of how I met my wife is quite interesting. I was in my senior year in dental school and I was interviewing for a pediatric dental program in another state when I met a beautiful young lady at church. She caught my eye from the beginning and after courting her for 2 months, she decided to marry me. Then we had our first child, a girl, nine months later. I consider myself a home body. I love coming home at the end of my day and being with my family. I have many hobbies, probably so many that I'm not spectacular at any one thing, but I'm good or average at many. Some of them include ballroom dancing, target shooting, playing board games, volleyball, going fishing, camping at the beach, going to Disneyland or just watching an entertaining movie. In addition to English, I speak Portuguese and am working on my Spanish. I love Brazilian barbecues (churrasco) and really enjoy cooking and I make the world's best Snickerdoodle cookies.

Why I am a Mormon

I am very blessed to have been born into a Mormon Family. I guess my affinity towards the church started young. My favorite memory as a kid is being called into my parent's room to read from the Book of Mormon. I remember as a 5 year old running upstairs and jumping into my parents' bed and snuggling next to my mother who then would help me read when it was my turn. My father would lead the scripture time and we would all finish by kneeling before the Lord in family prayer. As I look over my life, I have seen the hand of the Lord as he guides, helps, and strengthens me. I know the Lord hears our prayers and answers them in his own way. He truly is our Father and we are his children and we can speak to him. Just like how I love coming home to my family and seeing how they are doing, my Father in Heaven wants to check up on me and see how I am. He knows me. I am also a Mormon because I truly believe this church to be the Church of Christ. It was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith who saw God and Jesus Christ, our Savior. That means there is today a living prophet who speaks with God like Moses of old. In the world today we are taught many messages through the media, sports, teachers, politicians; all have their own beliefs and views, but none will help you attain more happiness and peace in this life and after death than The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know it's true!

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday by being a happy person. A scripture in the Book of Mormon tells us that "[we] are, that [we] might have joy." As a member of the LDS church I am happy. I am happy as a husband, a father, a dentist, a friend, and that happiness comes from living the gospel of Jesus Christ and knowing that come what may, I can get through it with Him. I have had different responsibilities in the Church. I think a great thing about the LDS church is that everyone has an opportunity to help out. We are all servants in the Lord's vineyard. Currently I am the secretary in my ward (congregation) and my Sundays are quite busy. I help organize the agendas for all of the Sunday meetings. I feel like it's a full day of work for the Lord, but I love it! I also try to live my faith by being a good husband and father. My greatest treasure in this world is my wife and daughter. The other night I had returned from studying at the library as I was preparing for a difficult test. My wife had made dinner for a neighbor that had just had a baby and the kitchen had not been cleaned up. Pots and pans were everywhere. The place was a mess. It was Thursday night, the night I usually go and play volleyball with some friends and I was already late, but I couldn't leave my wife with all those chores to do. While she was gone, I put up the clean dishes, washed the dirty dishes, and cleaned up and then I went to play volleyball. My reward was my wife's happiness. My ultimate desire is to live forever in God's Kingdom with my family.