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Hi I'm Brian

I am a swimmer. I am a leader. I love to have fun. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am almost 20 years old. I am currently serving the Lord in a full-time mission in Tonga. I played sports in high school and I love being active. If I can find a way to have fun doing something that nobody else really wants to do I strive to find it. I love reading and if I have free time when I am not outside I always have a book in my hands. I have no brothers or sisters but I have a bunch of cousins who are like siblings to me. My mom has six brothers and sisters and mot of them have kids so family functions are the best. I love spending time with my family and try to do it as often as possible. I swam in high school and I love being in the water. I think I am part fish with as much as I enjoy being in the water. My mom is an active member but my dad is not a member. My parents are divorced but I make the best of it that I can. I love to be with people and I love to talk. If there is a social aspect to something I do my best to be involved in it. I love to have fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church. I was baptized at the age of eight. Even though i was in the church basically since I can remember, I can also remember the time when I became converted to this gospel. I was not truly converted when i was baptized as I was just following what I thought would make everyone happy. It took me almost eight more years until I was truly converted. I was a sophomore in high school and we were studying the Book of Mormon in our seminary class. Our seminary teacher asked us to follow the promise stated in Moroni 10: 3-5 to pray about the Book of Mormon to find out if it is really true. I went home that day and went to my room and shut the door and began to pray. As i asked Heavenly Father if this book was true i felt this immediate feeling of peace inside of me. It is the most peaceful I have ever felt. I knew immediately that the book was true and that the rest of the gospel was true because the Book of Mormon is the foundation of proof for this gospel. If it is true then the rest of it is true as well. I know that this gospel is true and I will never be able to deny it. I felt the truth of it and even though I am not perfect I try to follow the standards of this gospel because I know that it is true.

How I live my faith

In my home ward I am a ward missionary. This means I go out several times a week, when opportunities arise, with the full-time missionaries serving in my area. I go out with the Elders (the formal title of missionaries) and assist them when they teach and help them bear testimony of this gospel. It is a rewarding experience because i get to help teach people about this gospel that has brought me so much joy and i know that it will help bring them the same joy. I have helped with the youth program including being involved in our local Boy Scout troop that the church sponsors. I get to help the youth learn necessary skills that will help them in this life. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve and I am grateful to the church for providing me with these opportunities.

Are Mormons Christians?

Brian
Mormons are without a doubt Christian. Mormon is just a nickname as the real name of our church is The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints. We follow His teachings and know that He died on the cross and suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for all of us. We believe he accomplished many miracles in his lifetime including causing the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and for the maimed to be made whole. We believe he cast out devils and was the only Perfect Man to walk upon the face of the Earth. We accept His teachings and believe Him to be our Savior and our Redeemer. He saves us from the fall of man because we can repent through his atonement and because we will be resurrected through him. He is more than a prophet, He is the Example we all need to follow and "Mormons" try to follow Him and His teachings. We are Christian. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Brian
Authority is important in every aspect of life. This is true for baptisms as well. If a man in an ice-cream truck tried to pull you over and give you a ticket you would wonder how he has the right to do this. You would want to see his badge and his credentials, or authority, to give you the ticket. The same principle applies to baptism. If baptism is done without authority it is merely a show and is not a saving ordinance. Baptism, by one having the authority of Christ, is the only way to enter into the kingdom of God and obtain eternal life with Him in His kingdom. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Brian
Tithing has many uses in the church. Essentially, tithing pays for all of the physical aspects for the church to run. Buildings cost money to be built, utilities must be paid (i.e. water, electricity, etc.), materials must be printed and distributed, and various programs need to be funded (i.e. temple work, family history work, etc.). All of these things are funded through the tithing that members are asked to pay to the church. God doesn't really need money to run the church as he is all powerful. He asks us to make this sacrifice to help our faith because he promises if we follow the law of the tithe we will be blessed so much that we will not have room to receive all of his blessings that he wishes to give us. Show more Show less