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Hi I'm Braden

I am from Riverside California, I am serving a mission in Knoxville Tennessee, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old and serving a mission in Knoxville Tennessee. I come from a family of 5 brothers and 2 sisters who I love to death and are wonderful examples to me. I'm going to go to BYU-Idaho after my mission. I played football and I wrestled in high school which was a lot of fun. I also sang in choir in high school. I had the opportunity to be part of a 4 man group called a Barbershop Quartet for a couple years and we sang every chance we got! I loved being apart of that it was a ton of fun and hope to keep doing it for years to come. California is my home but Tennessee has my heart. I have loved serving here in the South. Its very different than California. My ocean turned into wide rolling hills of green trees, my wide traffic jammed highways turned into skinny back dirt roads, and my "you all" turned into a nice thick southern draw of "all y'all!" haha Its been a wonderful experience

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to wonderful parents who raised me on the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Though my whole life I have been what some might say "indoctrinated" by the teachings of the Church, there came a time in my early teenage years that I realized, either this was true or it was not. As I read and studied the Book of Mormon in high school, as I prayed really with a true desire to know, and as I attended church week after week, month after month, I still felt that I had never received my answer from God. I realized though that I had felt the Spirit before. I knew I had felt the Spirit while reading certain scriptures from the Book of Mormon, while at Church and while praying. I knew as I looked back on my life that I had received in small ways my answer from God many times, through the sweet small feelings of the Spirit. Following that I tried my best to notice that Spirit, and it became clearer and clearer to me what the Spirit was, and how I felt when he was with me. Still today I have never received an answer from God in the miraculously way I thought it would come. But I can say with all the integrity and honesty I have that I know the Spirit of God is real. I have felt Him. And therefore I know that Christ lives still today, and that he actively directs His church through His wonderful Prophet.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving a mission. A mission lasts for 2 years and I was assigned by the wonderful prophet to serve in Tennessee. I wake up in the morning and study and then I leave our apartment and we teach people in their homes about what we call the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Along with that we look for service opportunities in the community and for those we come in contact with. I love serving a mission. I have found that a mission brings many challenges as you can imagine, but as I resort back to daily personal prayer, personal scripture study, and weekly attendance at church, I have found very real help from God because I strive to obey the small yet important commandments.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Braden
This is Christs church and therefore He chooses who the Prophet of His church is. He would never allow mortal men to decide or vote amongst themselves who the Prophet of His church will be. Christ is a God of Organization. Never is there a story in the Bible or Book of Mormon in which Christ is unorganized, or uncontrolled. With this being the truth, the organization in which a prophet is called goes as follows, the President of the Quorum of the 12 apostles becomes the Prophet when the former Prophet has passed away. The President of the 12 apostles is the man whom has held the calling of apostle the longest. The same organization occurred during the life of Christ. When Christ died, Peter, whom was the President of the 12 apostles, also became Prophet of His Church. Christ set up His church this way so that there is no temptation of selfishness or greed. Like himself, it is the Perfect way and means by which he calls His Prophets. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Braden
In our churches we do what most people do in a church. We sing hymns, we read the scriptures, we pray, take the bread and water and even have baptismal services. We attend church to learn and to share our own personal testimonies. The temples are usually bigger and white. In the temples we also read scriptures and pray and learn. The Temple is a very sacred place where we make very special promises with God through ordinances (kind of like baptism) to be as righteous and clean as we can. We attend the Temple to make these promises and also to learn and grow spiritually. Show more Show less