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Hi I'm Brett Hashimoto

I'm a tennis lover. I'm a university student studying linguistics. I'm a Japanese-American. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach tennis to pay for school and life. Tennis is my first love; I've played for as long as I can remember. I ate, drank, and breathed tennis through my high school years, and a lot of hard work won a state championship. But, I also enjoy a variety of other things. My hobbies are diverse: reading, painting, fishing, dancing, writing, hiking, and pretty much every sport that I've ever played. I'm a poor starving college student studying linguistics, which I love. I am a native speaker of English, but I speak some of my heritage language, Japanese. I am also fluent in Korean and just recently started learning Spanish. Tennis was my first love, but language is my sweetheart. I love studying language. There is something profoundly amazing and beautiful about the way we humans communicate with one another through sound and sign. It is a joke that makes you laugh yourself into a frenzy or a tender compliment that warms you from the inside out. Well, you get the picture. I work sometimes as an interpreter, sometimes as a dishwasher at a wedding hall, sometimes teaching tennis, sometimes in a lab at my university as a research assistant; I try to stay busy. I love spending time with my family and friends and the other amazing people close to me. But, I also love being alone or meeting new people. I guess I'm just a normal guy trying to find how he fits in this complex, crazy world and loving every single minute of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in Mormonism, if that's simple enough. Or perhaps, in other words, I am and continue to be a Mormon because, more than that, I believe in God, and in His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. I guess it all started when I was in high school. I grew up in the LDS church, and one day, I decided I wanted to know if this church was true or whether it all was just a nice story. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed to God to know whether or not its contents were truth but to no avail. I received no answer. Over the subsequent months, I would read the entirety of the Book of Mormon and pray about it frequently as I did so. I saw no angels or visions or dreams. I was fed up. I got down on my knees one night and decided that I wasn't going to stop praying until either I knew that this church was true, or I couldn't pray any more. So, that's exactly what I did until I couldn't pray any longer. Then, I stopped. In that moment, a powerfully warm and bright feeling began to swell from within my heart. I felt and knew in my heart of hearts that God lives, and that that the Book of Mormon was His words. From that experience and from an innumerable series of instances since, I have come to understand every day with more and more depth the veracity of what I learned that teenage summer night. I am a Mormon because since that night, I have prayed many times a continue to feel affirmation that what I believe is still true. I am a Mormon because since that night, I seen miracles and been there as the hand of God works wonders in mine and other's lives. And, since that night, I have to come to know even more intimately that Jesus is my personal Savior and the Redeemer of the World. I could not know it any more clearly or perfectly than if I had seen him face-to-face. I know He lives, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the ward mission leader. A ward is just a local community. The ward mission leader is 1. in charge of helping people are not members of our church learn about Jesus Christ. 2. helping members who have been away from our church, but want to come back feel comfortable at home at church meetings and understand the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, 3. coordinate efforts between the full-time missionaries of our church and the local members. I frequently visits less-active members or people who are trying to learn about our church and become their friend and help teach them. Its my responsibility to see that the new or less-active members of my ward understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ can bless their lives and how to use His atonement so they can live happily. I also have a calling as a home teacher to several people. As a home teacher, I visit assigned people in their homes and make sure that they are taken care of. Home teachers are there for people if they face physical difficulties like illness or injury as well as spiritual difficulties. I love to serve people so I love the opportunities that I have as part of my callings to "mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and stand as [a] witness of God" (Mosiah 18:9). I also live my faith by worshiping every week on Sunday as well as frequently at my local LDS temple. Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is pray to my Heavenly Father, then I study the scriptures. The last thing I do before I go to sleep every night is say a prayer of thanks for the blessings of another day. And, in between, I try to keep a prayer in my heart and live a good Christian life. Living my faith is 24/7 thing. Its not a burden or a restriction trying to live up to all of God's commandments--quite the contrary. I am so blessed that it is liberating. I love living my life as a Mormon, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Are Mormons Christians?

Brett Hashimoto
You'd better believe it! Look at the name of our church--The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints (emphasis added). Other churches claim that our church isn't Christian because of doctrinal differences that our church has with their beliefs. But, the fundamental principal of Christianity is simply that Jesus Christ came to Earth and died for the sins of all mankind, and if we believe in Him, we can be saved through his sacrifice on our behalf. We declare with every ounce of conviction we possess, "that is true!" The Book of Mormon states emphatically that members of our church "talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 25:26) If that doesn't make our church Christian, I don't know what does. I believe with my whole heart in my Savior Jesus Christ. I believe in His words and teachings, His miracles and power, and His death and resurrection for all mankind. So, are Mormons Christians? Well, I can at least say this much. I believe in Christ! Show more Show less