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Hi I'm Brace

I grew up in Georgia and now go to Brigham Young University in Utah. I live here with my wonderful wife, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Georgia but I don't have a southern accent. My family is awesome. I have 5 older sisters. My 4 oldest sisters come from my dad's previous marriage and we have always been really close even though they didn't always live with us. My other sister is three years older than me. We were both very involved in sports growing up. She was a soccer star all growing up and I played baseball and tennis. In high school she came out and told us that she is homosexual. Although that was hard for me at first, I have learned that family is family no matter the decisions we make or way we live our lives. Even though I do not support her lifestyle, we are still close and I love her very much. I am studying at Brigham Young University in Communication Disorders. I plan to attend graduate school in Audiology to become a pediatric audiologist. I want to work with infants and children born with hearing impairments. My wife's name is Jordan and we were married in April 2012 in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. I love anything to do with the outdoors: riding bikes, hiking, camping, shooting, and fishing. I also love working on cars. I love classic cars and trucks as well as new exotic cars. I love life and enjoy taking a step back every now and then and taking in the moments that make this life so special.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however, saying I was a member of the church did always have the same significance to me. When I was younger, I went to church because that is what my family did on Sundays and I never knew anything different. It wasn't until on my mission that I truly understood the significance of all those things I had been doing my whole life and how grateful I was that I was a member of this church. On my mission, I met a lot of people and families who were not members of this church and did not know about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I saw families who struggled and then saw the miraculous change in their lives as they accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ and started to get involved in the church and all that it offers. I was able to teach people how to pray who had never prayed before in their lives and see and feel this experience with them and how emotional it was for them to pray to their Father in Heaven and talk to Him for the first time. All of this made me think how I had been doing this my whole life and never once did I realize how significant it all was. I realized how blessed I was to be raised with the knowledge that God was my Heavenly Father and that I could communicate with Him through prayer and the each Sunday I could go to church and learn more about Him and Jesus Christ and His gospel. Because of my mission, I was able to receive my own, personal testimony of truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that it is the same church that Christ established while on the earth and that it was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Joseph Smith was a called of God to be a prophet and that he translated the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, and that the Book of Mormon, together with the Bible, offer us the fullness of Christ's gospel. I also know that we have a living prophet today who is called of God to lead His church on the earth.

How I live my faith

In 2009, I went on a two-year mission for the LDS church to Mexico City. I had an incredible experience there teaching people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, what was most incredible from my time there was what I was able to learn about myself. Before I left at the age of 19, I had not realized how little I knew about myself and how little I knew about God. From the people I met in Mexico and the experiences I had, I came to truly know God, His love for us as His children, and His mercy. I never knew how spiritually lost I was until my mission, where I was able to have many spiritual experiences that testified to me that God lives and that what I was teaching people about Jesus Christ was true, that He lived and died for us so that we could return to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ was resurrected and lives once more. When I returned from my mission in Mexico, I started attending a "singles ward" which consisted of single people like myself, at that time, who were going to school. This singles ward is actually where I met my wife. She was attending the same singles ward that I was. In this ward I was called to be the leader of all the young men in the ward with me. So basically, I was the one that got to know all the young men in the ward with me and work with the Bishop about any of the needs that the young men needed. After I got married, my wife and I attended a new ward which consisted of recently married couples and I was then called to be in charge of making sure all of the Sunday school classes were organized and being taught each Sunday to all the members of the ward. Soon after this calling I was actually called back to a singles ward to be a counselor to the Bishop of that ward to help him meet the needs of the single students and serve them. My wife and I enjoyed that calling and being able to make friends with them and share with them the experiences we had when we were in a singles ward.