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Hi I'm Brandon

I am Brandon, a native of Houston, Texas. I'm a student, I am a father of three, an Eagle Scout, Star Wars nut, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My hobbies are spending time with my kids, growing my beard, watching movies, camping, and fishing. I am also a student studying to be a teacher. I value education a great deal, especially the subjects of history and government. George Santayana said, "Those who forget their past are condemned to repeat it." This is why I also love family history/genealogy work. As we study our ancestors we learn from their mistakes and we find out more who we are. It makes our generation and the next generation that much better.

Why I am a Mormon

In my teens I struggled with my relationship to the Gospel and saw flaws in members of various denominations as evidence of the untruthfulness of that particular denomination. However, as I read and studied the Bible I found individuals like Saul/Paul, King David, Jonah, and even Abraham and Isaac who were chosen of God to be prophets yet they were not without sin. I also remembered the words of the Savior, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." It is then that I realized that it wasn't the members that made a church true, but rather their doctrines. With this new found knowledge I began studying the teachings of various denominations and how they compared to the teachings of Christ anciently and to His apostles. As I did so, there was only one denomination to match up perfectly, but I still had doubt. I felt that the only way I could receive the answer to end my doubt was to appeal to the author of all truth in prayer. As I did so I received the confirming witness and peace to my soul and I felt as though a voice was speaking to my mind as well as to my heart saying "this is My church and My Gospel." I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's church upon the earth with out any shred of doubt. All of the doubts, fears, and confusions I once had are gone and I can at last move forward in faith on the glorius path that leads back to the loving arms of my heavenly father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by holding family home evening, family scripture study, going to the temple, and working on family history research. My faith is central to my life. I don't just live my faith, but rather my faith defines who I am. I am a child of Heavenly parents who I hope to return to live with some day.

Are Mormons Christians?

Brandon
We are Christions in every sense of the word. We read of Christ, we talk of Christ, we sing of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. Christ is our Savior, our Redeemer, the living Son of the living God, and the only way we can return to live with our eternal Father in Heaven. We pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. Everything we do in the church centers around Christ, His atonement, and the idea that ONLY through Jesus Christ, His Gospel, and His Grace, can we be with our families together forever, which is true happiness. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Brandon
In 1820 in upstate New York in a place called Palmyra the 14 year old boy Joseph Smith went into a grove of trees and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Joseph learned that the Church originally organized by Christ was no longer on the earth. Over the next 10 years Joseph was visited by other heavenly messengers, translated the Book of Mormon, and received authority to organize the Church. The Church was organized in Fayette, New York, on April 6th, 1830. From that time it has grown from just 6 members to over 15 million. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Brandon
God is my Father and your Father. Our eternal Father in Heaven. We are created in His image. By that I mean every aspect. God has a body that looks like ours, but His is immortal, perfected, and has a glory beyond description. Because we are His children He knows and loves each of us individually. He has a plan to help each of us, His children, find joy and happiness in this life and return to live with Him when this life is over. Much like our earthly parents send us off to college to seek higher learning and become mature responsible adults, hopefully to return to live close to them; Our Heavenly Father sent us to the "university" of mortal life on Earth to learn how to be like Him so that we might return to live with Him. He sent prophets as teachers and His Son Jesus Christ to teach us and provide the only path to return to live with Him. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Brandon
Look around you at nature, at little newborn babies, at the stars in the sky at night and it is difficult to say that there is no God. The way I came to know my Heavenly Father was through prayer, sincere prayer. I came to a point in my life when I was 21 that I needed to know that I had a Father in Heaven. I knelt in prayer and poured out my heart. The peace I felt helped me realize that Yes I do have a Father in Heaven and He loves me as any kind parent loves their children. I followed that by studying about Him in the scriptures and obeying His commandments. Do I know everything there is to know about Him? No, but I will keep studying and keep living His teachings and striving to obey His commandments so that I may become like Him. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Brandon
Yes, we believe, revere, and love the Holy Bible. We see it as a powerful, important, and sacred holy record of scripture which has served as the bedrock of all Christianity. The Bible is the word of God and came from the writings of men of God as they were directed by the Holy Ghost. It is through that same process that we have the Book of Mormon which supports and exalts the Bible. Without the Bible Joseph Smith Jr. never would have been led to enter into the woods to kneel and pray and usher in the dispensation of the fulness of times. So the answer to the question "Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?" Yes! Most deffinently YES!!! Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Brandon
Joseph Smith Jr. was the son of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith. At age 14, as an answer to humble prayer, he saw God the Father and His Sone, Jesus Christ while kneeling in the woods near his home in Palmyra, NY. He was the first prophet called in this dispensation. A prophet of God like Moses, Isaiah, Jacob, or Abraham. Many have asked, how could this boy be a prophet when he was only 14 and had no formal education. Yet was not Jeremiah just a boy? David was just a boy when he slew the giant Goliath. There have been many young boys and uneducated people who Heavenly Father has called out of obscurity to establish his purposes. I testify that Joseph Smith Jr. was a prophet of God and the one called to restore the Lord's church upon the earth in this the dispensation of the fulness of times. Show more Show less