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Hi I'm Braxton Skidmore

I'm an Idaho boy serving a mission in the hollers and hills of West Virginia. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born and raised in good ol' Idaho. I love Idaho and all it has to offer from our huge taters to the beautiful mountains and livin the country lifestyle. I am currently serving a mission in the West Virginia, Charleston mission and I love it. I've always been a very active guy. I have a great love for the outdoors and being able to enjoy God's creations. I was raised learning how to "work hard and play hard" as my grandpa would say. I was brought up having a balance in work and play. It’s important to me to work hard as well as letting lose and having a fun time. I'm an adrenaline junky. I love doing things that are crazy and exhilarating. I love to snowmobile, dirt bike, boat, hunt, camp, and of course jammin out to some country music whenever possible. I love just enjoying time with my friends and family. I enjoy doing stuff out of the ordinary. It brings added joy and excitement to life. My family and friends are very important to me. I would sacrifice myself for them. Guy-time with my buddies is important to me. It’s the time we get to let loose and not feel any worries. I am always willing to help my family and friends out especially in their time of need.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to an LDS family, but I didn't always have a testimony or live by the teachings of the church. As I got close to the age of being able to serve a mission, the question kept coming up if I was going or not. After my older cousin, who is a return missionary, told me several times to listen to the talk "We Are All Enlisted" by Elder Holland, I finally did one day on my way to work. No talk had ever hit me so hard. I decided I was going to clean my act up and go on a mission. Besides my cousin, no one really knew I was going on a mission. I started meeting with my bishop regularly to get myself prepared and worthy to serve. I filled out the paper work, met with the doctors and submitted my papers. At this point, I told my sister & brother-in-law what was going on and that my call would be sent to their apartment. On July 12, 2012 my sister called me and told me my call had come in the mail! I told her to get the good ol' family and friends together and tell them that her and her husband had an announcement. After work that day, some of my close buddies and I walked into the house where everyone was at. My sister stood up and told everyone that they didn't have the announcement, and that it was actually me. I told everyone what I had did and I was holding my mission call in my hand. I looked at my mom and saw tears rolling down her face. I opened my call and found out I would serve in the West Virginia, Charleston Mission and I would report to the MTC Oct. 24, 2012!

How I live my faith

The biggest way i live my faith at this point in my life is serving the Lord for two years. As time goes on during my mission, i have a stronger and stronger love for this Gospel and all it has to offer. Of course i am imperfect and make mistakes, but the important part for me is that i'm always trying my best to make myself a better person than I was the day before. Serving a mission has changed my life a ton and I hope I have helped changed other people's lives for the better along the way. Missionary work has now become a way of life. I try to capitalize on every opportunity I find to share the Gospel. This true and everlasting Gospel has brought so much happiness and blessings to my life.