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Hi I'm Brandyn Young

I'm a Bass II, pianist, and aspire to be an orthodontist. I'm the 2nd oldest of six boys, and love my family! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I was little I've loved the piano. The idea that 88 black and white keys could make beautiful music has always fascinated me. Initially the music I made on the piano wasn't so beautiful, but gradually I've improved. I've been blessed with a big family. All of us play a musical instrument and enjoy making music together. My interest and background in music led me to join our school choir, which was a unique experience. I love to arrange hymns and Christian songs on the piano with my friends from choir. Throughout junior high and high school, I've also played baseball, basketball, and football, and helped organize school events through student council. I also love participating in our school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. Without my testimony of Jesus Christ and membership in His church, my busy life would easily fall apart. The Gospel is the glue that holds it all together. Everything I do, is really Christ working (singing, playing) through me, helping me to be the best I can be.

Why I am a Mormon

The word "Mormon," in my mind, means "more good." I'm a Mormon because I want to make the world a better place. Every day is filled with joy because I know why I'm here. I know where I came from, and I know where I can go after this life. It makes me happy to know that we're children of God and because we are; He loves us. I know my dad here on Earth loves me. And to think that God, my Heavenly Father, who is perfect, loves me, that's beyond my comprehension! I am grateful for Jesus Christ. Without Him, and the ability to be "At-one" with Him through the Atonement, I would have no reason to live. He helps me to repent be clean again when I make a mistake. He is my Light, my Joy, and the reason I sing every day. There is so much joy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know He is The Way. God helps us through trials (especially two years ago when he helped me recover from a broken femur) and rejoices with us when life is good. At a certain point in my life, I realized that either it is true (Christ's church is again restored to the Earth) or it's not. Because of the peace I get from studying the Bible and Book of Mormon, and the joy and love I feel when I pray, I KNOW without a doubt that it is true. Jesus Christ lives. God speaks to us today through a prophet just as He did in ancient times. "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy." (2 Nephi 2:25) Put simply, I am happy. My life is filled completely with peace because I know the truth.

How I live my faith

I am the only Latter Day Saint (Mormon) my age in my high school (7A). However, I have been blessed with an incredible group of friends that also have good Christian values. I often learn from their examples and they help me to keep my testimony strong and follow the guidelines given to LDS youth in For the Strength of Youth: https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth?lang=eng. I will soon leave on a two-year mission to Teresina, Brazil. My older brother is currently in Brazil, and I'm excited to join him. There, I'll share my testimony of Christ and what I know to be true with those living there. Every day will be filled with service. I'm excited to give back a tenth of my life to God to serve Him by serving His children.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brandyn Young
I think it's so important to understand the doctrine of grace. "No unclean thing can enter the [kingdom of God]," (Moses 6:57) yet we are imperfect and make mistakes all the time. Therefore, we need some way to be made "perfect" (Moroni 10:32) and clean (Isaiah 1:18) to be with God. Jesus Christ is The Way. He lived a perfect life. He pays the debt for us as we keep the covenants we make to Him. We covenant to have 1) faith 2) repent and 3) be baptized. In turn, He blesses us with the ability to receive the Holy Ghost, which brings us joy and assurance. It's similar to taking piano lessons. The parent pays for the lesson (Christ), which gives us the opportunity to practice. Our performance or practice doesn't pay for the lesson; rather, when we practice, we show appreciation for the opportunity to learn piano. It is expected that the student plays hundreds of wrong notes until she can play the piece perfectly. Similarly, we are practicing in mortality, to become perfect (Matthew 5:48) like Christ and the Father. Jesus pays the debt for us AS we learn to become like Him (by having faith, repenting, and renewing our covenants through the sacrament). Eventually, most likely not even in this life, we can become perfect. And until we do, Christ is our Mediator with our Father (the piano teacher), and allows us to rely on His perfection to enter into the kingdom of God and be worthy now, even today, and always. Also see talks, "His Grace is Sufficient" and "Believing Christ" Show more Show less

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

Brandyn Young
The missionaries are like a best friend you never knew you had. They'll help answer questions you have about life with an answer centered in Jesus Christ. They are literally representatives of Jesus Christ and will help you grow closer in your relationship with Him. They know the power that comes from dedicating a life to Christ and will help you feel more at peace and find true joy. They teach about the purpose of life: that we lived with God, as His children before coming here to earth, and that we can return to live with Him after death. You will feel more love from God than you have ever before felt hearing the message the missionaries have to share with you. Show more Show less