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Hi I'm Braden Ned Wilcock

I live in Rexburg, ID, born and raised. I dig good company, good music, good hikes, and good theatre. Also: I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello, friend. I am Braden James Wilcock, though many of my good friends call me "Ned." I am a student of Web Design at Brigham Young University–Idaho, and I love it. While I love the technical/coding aspect of web design, I find great importance in pursuing the arts as well. In an area of study so focused on machines, the fields of the humanities keep me in touch with my own humanity. I love listening to and creating music. I can't decide whether I prefer playing guitar, bass, or ukulele, which is why I'll probably never be in a serious band. I love listening to a wide variety of artists, from Gustav Holst to David Bowie (but my heart will always belong to They Might Be Giants). I love acting, having been in numerous high school and university productions, from Peter and the Starcatcher to A Doll's House. I have developed a very deep appreciation for the importance of the theatrical arts through my studies at BYU–Idaho, with an especial appreciation for improvisational performance. I have more recently developed a love for visual design and media creation, and learning the ways in which a good design can communicate a message with so much more than just words. From poster design to photography, I'm ever growing in my thirst to learn more about this field. In my youth, I worked for several summers at a local boy scout camp, and the outdoors has been in my bones ever since. I love hiking and backpacking, being in the solitude and silent peace of God's creation.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into a family of strong Latter-Day Saints, and I have followed their example throughout my life. But this aside, I have, through my own experiences, my studies, and my trials, gained a very strong personal testimony of this faith. I know that God is my Heavenly Father, and that He loves me. I know that His only-begotten son, Jesus Christ, lived, served, and taught on this earth—that He gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, that He rose again from the tomb, and that He lives to this day. I know this, because I have felt for myself the great healing power of His atonement, the comfort that only He can provide for us, through feelings and thoughts so deep and meaningful that I know they could not be from myself. I know that this church is His kingdom on the Earth, acting with His authority through leaders who hold His priesthood. I know that by His leadership, Joseph Smith returned that priesthood authority to the Earth, so that all may once again know of its blessings. I know that the family is ordained of God. I know that the greatest measure of any man is how close He can get to being like Jesus Christ, and I know that by pursuing this goal and following the example He has laid out for us, I can fulfill my purpose of becoming more like my Heavenly Father. I know that I may someday achieve this goal, if I live and serve worthily and faithfully according to the truth and light which I have received. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In all things I do, I enjoy gaining knowledge and a greater understanding of both mankind's and God's creation, and I enjoy helping those around me discover and reach their objectives. I hope that I may be able to live my life to the best of my understanding of how God wishes me to, that I may continually discover more fully his desires for me in that respect, and that through the exercising of my talents and abilities, I may help others reach the same. I pray as well that the manner in which I lead my life may act as a symbol of my testimony of and my love for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and of my desire to follow Him. Ultimately, if I have done this correctly, I will have led myself and those around me closer to Him, and to the enabling power of His atonement. This is my goal, and this is why I serve in whatever capacity the Lord may desire of me.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Braden Ned Wilcock
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets of God by way of their revelations for the people,as was the Bible. As such, it contains the word of God. These records were compiled into one book by a prophet named Mormon, hence the book's name. This record was later translated to the English language by Joseph Smith, acting under the direction of God. Show more Show less