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Hi I'm Bredyn

I practice Shaolin Kempo. I love to program computers while listening to instrumental music. I am a missionary. I am a Mormon.

About Me

From a young age I have always been fascinated with the worlds held between the two cardboard covers of a book. I devoured every book I could lay my hands on. Sometimes I think that I spent more time inside the pages of books like Lord of the Rings than out. The way that words could flow together and bring life to characters and places in your imagination entranced me. I loved to continue the stories I read in my head, adding new characters and story arcs to the already existing plot-lines. And what is a story without music? Music in itself is a story told in sound and silence. I love to listen to instrumental pieces by classical and contemporary composers alike. There are masters in both worlds that can invoke powerful emotions in my heart. The power of music is incredible, and I love it. I have been a member of Future Business Leaders of America, a club that helps high school students learn about how to work in the changing world of business today. There were competitions in the different areas, and being the computer geek that I am, I competed in the different programming and digital design competitions available. I made educational games, designed logos, and did other such nerdy activities. I love to work on problems and find their solutions, and trust me, there are many problems that you encounter in programming, and even in life. I work through all the bumps in life relying on my faith, my family, and my God.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The stories of King Benjamin and the Two Thousand Stripling Warriors were as common to me as stories about Moses and Daniel. As I grew older, I found myself questioning where the line between what I truly believed and what I had just been taught to believe was. Wanting to know the truth, I went to the only person who I knew could help me, my Father in Heaven. He told me exactly what I needed, and wanted, to hear. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for loving us so much to give His gospel to us.

How I live my faith

I am a tool of the Lord. As a missionary, I am called to His service to bear His name to the world. Everyday I share what I believe with others and try to serve them as much as I can. I rely on the Lord and my companion all day, every day. Through prayer and diligent studying of the scriptures, I learn more and more about what Heavenly Father has in store for me. Each scripture relates to something in my life and helps me navigate through the many shut doors in my life. Heavenly Father has spoken to me numerous times in a certain passage I read, or even just glance at. Each time that has happened, I feel the assurance that my Heavenly Father loves me and is willing to help me. I know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are the inspired words of God. I have found so much comfort and guidance in these holy volumes. My faith in Christ could never be what it is today without the scriptures. I doubt I would even know who Jesus was. By reading and pondering the word of our Savior and Redeemer, I can feel myself becoming closer to him. I come to know more of what He means to me and everyone else who has lived on this Earth. The teachings spoken so long ago in the land of Jerusalem are just as relevant to my life as the words spoken today.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Bredyn
Everyone is a Child of God. He loves each and every one of us. Just because you do not believe the same things as we do does not change this fact. Our Father in Heaven has asked us to do certain things while we live here on Earth. Among those are serving those around us. Jesus taught the two greatest commandments of God, to love God with all your might and to love your neighbor as thyself. Love is an action verb. In order to show it, and to help it grow, it must be exercised. We believe that any service is an expression to God and to your neighbor, regardless of what he or she believes in. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gives relief and aid to millions of people. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Bredyn
While Joseph Smith is an important figure in the history of the LDS church, we do not worship him. Just as Moses and Abraham are famous prophets in the Old Testament, Joseph Smith is a famous prophet of the modern day. His job is exactly the same as Moses, Noah, or Abraham. Specifically, that means that he testifies of Christ, guides and directs those who wish to follow the doctrine Jesus laid down in His Earthly ministry. We worship our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, not the men who testify of them. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Bredyn
To us, authority is the honor of being able to act and speak for God. That authority is called the priesthood in the church, but there are instances of authority outside of the church as well. Take, for instance, a policeman. He has the ability to give out tickets and arrest those who break the law. He has been given that authority by the government, who is recognized as a fair and just power. If an ice cream man pulled you over for speeding and wrote you a ticket, you wouldn't recognize that ticket as a valid ticket because the ice cream man didn't have the authority to write it. He wasn't recognized by the government to have that authority that a policeman would have. It is the same with God. He gives His authority to His servants to further His work on Earth. That is why being baptized by God's authority is crucial. Baptism is the start of the train ride to be with our Father in Heaven, and if that baptism is not done in the right authority, your ticket is fake. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Bredyn
Our Heavenly Father wants us to seek Him out and know Him. He has given us many breadcrumbs to follow. The first is this miraculous world that we live in. Everything has been created specifically for us to live here, and it is easy to see that. As we ponder the beauty of the world, we find ourselves wondering how all this was made, and who made it. These questions help us understand and know our Father a little better. Another way is through prayer. Having that constant communication between us and our Father is vital. Through prayer we can ask for our Father's love, talk to someone who will always be there for you, and receive reassurance. Jesus communicated frequently with His Father during His ministry, and don't we need more help than Him? Heavenly Father has also left us with living and written witnesses of Him. Prophets and Apostles testify of Him and Jesus Christ and leave us with their experiences in sacred books called scriptures and to those that they meet. As we keep the commandments, we walk closer to God and can feel His presence easier. The Holy Spirit will be able to testify to you that your Father in Heaven is watching over you and loves you. As you act on the belief that is growing because of prophets' testimonies, experiences through prayer, and obeying God's commandments, Heavenly Father will cause your faith to increase and grow until you know it to be true. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Bredyn
My favorite dessert is kaya pancakes. I love to share it with others and see how happy they are when they eat it. The smiles on their faces are priceless. It is the same with my beliefs and faith. I share them with others because I want to see them become happy. I know exactly what it has done in my life, and I want to see the same effect on others. Show more Show less