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Hi I'm Brodie

I'm a dragon fighting, dungeon searching, adventurer. I love sports, hunting, and life. My secret love is education. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am just a regular every day guy. I grew up in a small town surrounded by many other members of the church. My friends were members, my family was members, and I am a member. I find that the things that shape us are the experiences we have, that's what makes each of us different. each of us comes from a different background and has a different story. So let's briefly tell you my story: I came from a family of 6 children, being the youngest means I am the golden child. There is 13 years between me and the oldest and we are all very close. I was raised in a small mormon town where everyone seemed to be a member. I learned early on that I loved sports. Because I was born blind in one eye sports has always been a challenge for me, but I have learned with practice and work you can do anything. Sports always seemed to be my biggest love throughout my teenage years. As I got older I began to mature, naturally, and began to realize the innate love for learning that seemed such a part of me, a part I had never tapped. As I have continued to get older it became my greatest love, I could never get enough. Learning is my driving passion, it is what makes me happy. I did a semester of university at a local university back home in Canada. I loved every minute of it. I was then called by a Prophet of God to serve a mission, I am currently serving in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania mission, it is the joy of my life. I return home to continue my education at BYU in July 2015.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church and came to a secular knowledge of much of the churches teachings, but as any person who is a seeker of truth knows, knowledge is power, but it is not enough! I knew the teachings of the church and knew that they seemed to set me free through obedience, I felt that this quality gave them sufficient weight in my life to be worthy of taking the journey to know for myself if this was the true church! And my faith began with the Book of Mormon, as I studied and prayed about it, I had the still small voice of the Spirit of God whisper that the book of Mormon was true! And that was enough for a beginning! Then that testimony began to spread, as I not only began to live the teachings and believe in the testimony i received, but i began to teach others of its truths. I found that piece by piece the answers I was seeking came to me. I found the truths from God, the conviction i needed to stay on the path of my youth, but it was no longer the path of my parents, but my own path forged by a growing and living testimony. I received my faith from God, by the power of His spirit. There is no other way to come to know God or His teachings but by His Holy Spirit. The conviction i gained was powerful, it was life changing. I knew that this was the truth and I could neither deny it or go back, lest i deny the very power of God. I have gained a testimony that God answers prayers, i see it in the peace in which he gives me everyday and in the truths that he sends me. I am thankful for a loving Father in Heaven who teaches his children and all those who seek him. For i have found Him in my life and i see His Hand everyday as He lifts me to a higher level than i could have ever been without Him. I'm a Mormon, not because I have a perfect knowledge, but, because I believe in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ! I know that Jesus Christ lives, i know the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and i know that Joseph Smith restored the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith is as evolving as my faith itself. If you'd asked me a year ago, I'd have told you all about the callings I have held and the "wonderful" things I'd done to help others. I have realized over the past years that this is not a gospel of actions, not a list of do's and dont's.... Believe it or not i do not feel restricted at all by the "controlling commandments". I feel i am on a journey of becoming, that this is a gospel of transformation, making me into who God wants me to be. The Lord has commanded us to be perfect, i realize that's a pretty big stretch for a guy like me, but I am totally okay with trying to get there no matter how short or far the journey. I have developed a relationship with my Savior, i learn more and more about it from personal experiences everyday, He is a real part of my life and has changed who I am and what I desire. Today is a new day, everyday is. Sometimes, in the battle against who I was in the effort to become who i want to be, I win, but sometimes i lose. I live my faith by going forward, by never looking back and wishing for yesterdays but looking at todays and preparing for tomorrows. I win when i try and i try by relying upon a Loving Big Brother and an unyielding Father in Heaven. My hope in this journey comes from knowing i am not facing this battle alone. Since i have began this journey or battle i have evolved more and more of how i live my faith. Today i am a missionary, some people think that's crazy and absurd, but to me its the best way to live my faith. Today i serve full time, before i came out here i relied upon my example and simple words to teach the gospel, but today i teach people all day everyday. I know the things i have been taught and given are true, i want my brothers and sisters to have them as well. I lift myself by teaching others of the glorifying power of the grace of Jesus Christ in transforming them and their lives to bring them greater peace and happiness.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Brodie
I love the principle of Authority because it has strengthened my testimony about the character of God and how He works with His children. God wants all of His children to have the blessings of His gospel that come through covenants or promises. Authority isn't about exclusiveness, but rather about creating an environment where God's children can depend on what is both being taught and what is being done. We know that there is only one way for things to be done properly, if it was not so we could not tell the difference between good and bad, because there would be too much grey. God understood that we would live in a world of such chaos and confusion, so from the beginning of time He gave men Authority, we call it priesthood, the right to do His works in His name. He gave them this so that His children would know who to go to in order to be taught the truth and to make the covenants that would help them return to live with Him. One of those covenants is baptism, a convenant that the Savior Himself has taught is necessary to return to live with Him and the Father. Throughout the bible we read of God calling certain men to do tasks such as Baptism, in the Books of Moses God calls specific priests to perform the ordinances of sacrifice, It is the same way with baptism. Baptism by proper authority gives a person a remission of sins, and a spiritual rebirth that will prepare them to return to live with God. God restored that authority through Joseph Smith to bless each of us. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Brodie
The greatest thing that tells me that there is a God, is not the miracle after miracle I have seen in my life, although these are great and they add to my testimony, they are not the central things that make me know there is a God! The earth, its beauties and the magnificence of it testify most clearly and most undeniably to me of the existence of a God! I look at the Mountains, the valleys, the fields of wild flowers, the sun setting on a peaceful summer night, the howl of a coyote, the whinny of a horse, the beauty of the fall leaves, the beauty of mankind, and well of course the beauty of woman and can not deny the existence of a God! He has given all for a purpose, just as he created us for a purpose! Our journey of life is discovering that purpose and capturing it! And as we align our purpose with the will of God, we will see the importance rather than just the beauty of all things he has created for us! No random occurance could give us the organization we see, nor the circumstances in which we live! God made us, He made this earth, and He made the heaves and all that lie therein! Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Brodie
Well the simple answer is Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world! But the long answer isn't very much longer! As a missionary myself I know exactly what we talk about, and its not scary at all! We talk about who WE as mankind are, who God is, Who his son Jesus Christ is! We talk about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or the way that we can return to our Heavely father! We talk about what is called the Plan of Salvation, which is God's plan for all of us that shows where we came from and where we are going! We talk about these things in a way that is comfortable and caring! We ask Questions about how these things have or could influence your life! We talk about things that we have learned in our lives, we share stories or personal experiences that we have had with these things! And we talk about the blessings that come from obeying the commandments of God! And the way God has blessed us by Restoring those sacred truths he taught to all the Prophets in the Bible. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Brodie
Our Church's name or title is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! The first part shows who's church it is, Jesus Christ, and the last part of the name, Latter Day Saints, implies that this is the restored gospel that John talks about in the Book of Revelations that shall never be taken from their earth. We have been called "Mormons" for a very long time due to the fact that we believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God! We claim that it is a Another Testament of the truth and divinity of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world! People began calling the church the "Mormon church" because the other name took too long to say and because the thing that made us different from every other church was that rather than just using the bible, we also use the Book of Mormon! Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Brodie
There is many blessings we receive as we study God's word! The first thing that we gain from it is a greater understanding of who God is! As we read of the things he has done to other groups of people, or told his prophets, we see more of His character, the way He works, and often more of how much He loves us! We understand more fully what He asks of us and therefore we get a more clear picture of what His purposes are and who He is! As we grow in our knowledge of who God & Jesus Christ are we gain a closer relationship with Them! The Second thing is that we gain the strength and hope to carry on! God has told us to "feast" upon His words! As we read more and more and study his words we gain the hope and strength to carry on! As we read the trials and triumphs of those who have gone before us we learn of the blessings of God and we grow in our Hope that He can help us too! The Third is that as we read his words that we will grow in our faith in him! God has given us so much and as we see everything He's prepared for us we will know more and more surely that He lives and that He loves us! But my favorite is the Peace and Serenity that comes into your life as you focus on His love for each of us. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Brodie
As we are all Children of God we are all part of His Family! That's a pretty huge thing! And as we understand that we will understand why families are important on earth as well. The role of mother and father are eternal roles, and roles that resemble the role of our Father in Heaven, or God. These fathers and mothers have children, just as we are children of God. And the parents teach their children right from wrong and they teach them what to do to be successful, just as God teaches us right from wrong and expects us to do what is right. So as we build our families on the Teachings of Jesus Christ, on his gospel and centered on his love, we enable our children to partake of the joy that comes from His words and from living a good life! As families unite under Him in one faith, all having a hope in Jesus, we will gain greater relationships with each other. We will have greater trust and unity in our homes, and a family that loves and honours God! And when we have this we have greater happiness and more love around us! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brodie
We believe that it is through Grace and grace alone that we are saved. We believe that the difference between faith and belief is that faith implies action! That if we truly believe in someone as our savior, then we will take that next step and obey those things that they have asked us to do. We perform the works that he has asked, because we love him, and because we know he would not ask them of us unless they would help us! God wants us to obey his words in order to keep us free from sin and guilt! Not to imprison us with task after task that works seemed to imply in the Law of Moses! Abraham once said "choose ye this day whom ye will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord". Christ's grace is sufficient! If you believe in him, and you love him, then doing what he has commanded is just going to make sense! It will become a part of you like that belief is a part of you! It will make you happy and it will increase your faith and belief in him and his power to save you from your sins! Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brodie
The head of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints, is Jesus, the Savior of all mankind. To put it simply we are Christians. And just like any other Christian group we also try to follow all the commandments of our Savior! Begining with the first and greatest commandment of all, that we love the Lord our God! But if we trully have a love for Him then we will serve Him and our fellow man! The words of the hymn "a poor wayfaring man of grief" come to my mind, its a song of a man serving those around him, and in the end the Savior calls his name and tells him that all he did was for his Savior. Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of all mankind! He is our King and the only way that man can return to live with the God that gave them life! He is the center He is the way! He is my friend! Show more Show less