Brandon: Punk, video games, tennessee, shatterhand, halvorsen, Mormon.

Hi I'm Brandon

About Me

Whats up? I'm Brandon. I am serving a mission here in the great California Long Beach Mission. I love music almost more than life itself. I am from Tennessee, but dislike country... weird I know. I really love all kinds of rock, especially punk. I myself am a musician; I play the guitar, the bass, trombone, some drums, and I might sing a little... I love playing in bands with friends, and love recording my songs and sharing them with the world. I was in a punk band (real punk, not that newfangled "pop punk" stuff) before the mission, Plaidipus Rex, and that was tons of fun. I also am a programmer, and I plan on going into that and starting a game development studio when I get back. Here in my mission I have also been able to learn Spanish, and I hope to use that to my advantage when I get back as well. I also plan on getting married to a beautiful wife (I already have some potentials) and raising a family in the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

In reality I am a Mormon because I know it is true. I have been a member of this church my whole life, but for a long time I never really could say that I "knew" it was true. As I got into my later years, I started to have a lot of people who made fun of me or joked about my religion. I realized that i needed to build "upon the rock of [my] redeemer" (Helaman 5:12) and gain that knowledge so that I could stand my ground when people made those remarks. I quickly found out that an answer doesn't come by just asking, but God wants us to put in our effort. He wants us to read the Book of Mormon, think deeply about the message and how it can bless our lives, and then ask sincerely if it is true. I did and that is why I am still here today.

Personal Stories

Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?

I think that if you really think about it, any time you pray, you recieve an answer. Just sometimes that answer is a no. A lot of people wonder why they pray and pray for something, and it doesnt happen. There are 2 things that you need in order for that prayer to be realized. 1) You need to have faith and 2) What you are asking for has to be in line with the will of God. Sometimes what seems right or fair to us may not be what our Heavenly Father wants for us. We have to realize that He wants what is best for us and we need to humbly submit to His will.

How I live my faith

Every day I live my faith by doing the little things. Prayer, reading the word of God through scripture, attending church meetings, and through that, God promises me and everyone that we will have his help throughout the day. I also share this knowledge and happiness with everyone I meet as a missionary.