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Hi I'm BreAnn

I'm majoring in American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting. I'm learning four languages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I started learning foreign languages when I was 12. My goal is to speak four languages fluently. I currently know some of the following; English (given), ASL, and Portuguese (Brazilian). I'll be serving a full-time mission in Brazil Juiz de Fora, speaking the Portuguese language. I attend the university to attain a degree to interpret English into ASL, and ASL into English. It's been a very rewarding experience.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because: I was raised in the church. Did that mean I knew it was true from the start? Of course not! I don't know a ton of people who did. I'm sure it can happen. But that wasn't the case for me. I went to church because I was told to, I never really questioned it. As I got older I knew I had to learn for myself. I attended a church camp because there was going to be dancing. I loved dancing. So I went. One of the counselors challenged us to find out for ourselves if the church was true. She said, tonight before you go to sleep, say your prayers. Talk to God as you would a friend. He is your friend. I asked, and I knew it was true before I had even uttered the question. I knew it was right. So I grabbed my scriptures and read. This is one way we know God can speak to us. I knew also because of the way I felt while praying and reading. Now, when there is something I don't understand about the church I pray, read my scriptures, study it, and offer a fast (a sacrifice or some sort, such as skipping a meal, no TV for a day, or whatever it may be) in hopes of receiving a confirmation about its truth. God will always answer but in His timing. I'm a Mormon because I love and believe the teachings. I will be with my family forever- they're pretty cool. I know God has called Thomas S. Monson as the current prophet to be His mouthpiece at this time. Past prophets have great teachings to follow but it is also important to have current ones because God has specific directions for all periods of life. Joseph Smith had to ask which church to join, none of them was the answer. He was called to restore the church that Christ had been instructed to create in the direction of God. The people had stopped listening to God and so He had to remove the blessings until the people had become humble again. I invite you to seek out the missionaries and learn of the teachings. Pray if it is true. Find out about the happiness and knowledge I have. Will you? :)

How I live my faith

"How I live my faith" seems like a very intense phrase. But it isn't. I live my faith one day at a time. We aren't asked to be perfect. We are made perfect through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We are asked to be spotless- or actively using the Atonement by repenting, striving to do our best, and enduring to the end of our life here on earth. I believe that our Savior, Jesus Christ, died for us to also help make up for any of our shortcomings. In church, I am able to share my experiences in life with others. I know that what I've experienced in my life can be beneficial to others around me. This could be about anything; family, school, or whatever it may be. I'm able to help others and give them hope and advice. Likewise, I'm given the same things. One of God's greatest commandments is to love one another, and to love ourselves. I love that. I believe we should serve others and help them when life gets tough and be there when life isn't. Loving ourselves is also very important. God wants you to care for others, but also yourself. You are also one of his children- that's a big deal. You're a big deal. Never allow Satan to convince you that you aren't worth much- you're worth everything to Him. God allowed Christ, whom is His Only Begotten Son, to die for me, the world, and YOU! Amazing feeling, right? You're so special to God. You can always return to Him- and He wants that. Remember that.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

The church just changed the age requirement. Men may serve now at age 18 and women at age 19. While missionary service is voluntary, men are highly encouraged to serve, and women have more of the option of serving if we have the desire to do so. I just received my mission call to Brazil Juiz de Fora and I know that someone there needs my understanding and experiences of the gospel. Show more Show less