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Hi I'm Brandon

I'm a college student, a triathlete, and a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised outside of Atlanta, GA. I am the oldest of three brothers. I love to be active! For ten years of my childhood I swam competitively, contributing to two consecutive victories in the State 5-A High School championships. I also coached swimming to kids ages 5 to 18 for six years, two of which I was the head coach. I am a finance student at Brigham Young University, the church-sponsored university. I went to school and left after one year to serve a full-time two-year mission, teaching others about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, in San Diego, CA. Returning to school was difficult, but I found that keeping a tight schedule helped me keep my sanity. I joined the triathlon club and found a sport that kept me in shape, outside, and competitive. It's such a cool sport because every race is different and requires you to adapt accordingly, just like in life. Each challenge will be different and you may want to quit but you've got to adapt and be ready for anything!

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky enough to be raised by a mother and a father who knew and loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and were members of His Church. They taught me at an early age how a follower of Christ should act in society and in family. Though I often had my own struggles and mistakes, I always had that early foundation of Christ I could turn to. The things I had learned when I was young became much more real to me as I asked God to give me more direction and clarity in my life. I had spiritual experiences occur confirming what I already knew was true and from God. They came from reading the Book of Mormon, praying, being involved in my church youth responsibilities, and applying the Atonement of Christ in my life to help me overcome my faults and sins. I have also been able to see many peoples' lives change for the better on my mission as they read from the Book of Mormon, pray, come to church, and begin to keep God's commandments. That is the pattern of inviting the Spirit of God into our lives and seeing if these things are true. And if one does find out that it is true, it's the best thing that a person could ever embrace and follow because it will lead them back to God.

How I live my faith

I try to think about what Christ would do in every circumstance I find myself in. I try to live the commandments and help others to do so as well. That's why I went on a mission. I wanted to help others to find the same truth and live the life that will help them have the most happiness and direction as possible. But living in normal life and in mission life is much different. There's so many distractions and directions your attention can turn. That is why I try to keep my focus on Christ and what is most important by having a daily time to read scriptures, pray and reflect. I also attend church and am often called to teach classes. It's those basics that keep faith alive and strong - spiritual CPR! (church, pray, read)

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brandon
It is by grace that we are saved. Hands down. The gospel of Jesus Christ consists of having faith in Christ, repenting of our sins, being baptized and making other covenants with God so that He can bless us and give us the Holy Ghost to guide us in our path back to Him. We need to show God that the blessings he gives us are important to us and that we are ready to receive more, eventually eternal life with God and our families. That is why we put so much emphasis on doing all that we can to be like Christ. But in the end, it is still God's mercy that will ultimately lift us from our sinful state and bring us to a perfect place. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Brandon
Baptism is an expression of love and devotion to God. It tells him, "Hey, I'm going to put my past behind me and start to follow Jesus from here on out." We do it by immersion - going completely underwater. It's also important that the right people are doing baptism. Those with the priesthood, the authority that God gives to man to act in His place on earth, are able to baptize us. It's very much an individual commitment so we wait until kids are at an age where they are able to make that decision themselves, usually age 8. With baptism by water under our belt, God can then offer us the Gift of the Holy Ghost, what the scriptures call 'baptism by fire'. This ordinance, performed usually less than a week following baptism, completes the baptism process. We can then start our lives on the path back to God with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is sort of our guide who can always be with us when we are listening for his help. These two ordinances make up our doctrine of baptism. Show more Show less