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Hi I'm Brennen Dover

I'm an artist, a photographer, called to serve in the Spain Madrid Mission, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Oregon, my home is currently in Texas, and now I am serving in the Spain Madrid Mission. I'm graduated from high school and deferred my enrollment in Brigham Young University. I have been an Eagle Scout since 2012. I wrestled in school, and was a member of National Honor Society. In the years of high school, I learned to place my priorities: Church and family, school, work and sports, and hobbies. I had to work rigorously to get my grades to a level to get into BYU. I gave up getting more work, and a higher paying job, because school was a priority. Most of all, my beliefs were, and are a priority. Something I was blessed to be able to do between my high school years, and the summer before my mission was the Hill Cumorah Pageant. This pageant tells the story of the scripture I hold dear, called the Book of Mormon. Not only does the performance have battle scenes, fireballs, water cannons, mast and sail, and waterfalls, it has perhaps the most spiritual feel I have ever felt. Especially during the scene when Christ came down to the Americas following His resurrection. I was blessed with the opportunity to be in the cast 2010 and 2012, and part of the Work Crew of 2014 and 2015. It has shaped me, and strengthened me during the trying and difficult years of high school. As a cast and crew, we come together, not for money, not for fame, but to volunteer, and to share the message of the Book of Mormon: Another testament of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. Something that many don't know or understand, is that being born into the Church doesn't mean you are converted. I've come to know that conversion comes when you seek the knowledge for yourself, with your whole heart, and you do so with a broken heart, and a contrite spirit. It's not a one time thing. It isn't a single event event and you are done. It's a constant effort. A lot of people have a big realization, or an immediate confirmation of the truth of it all, but that hasn't been my story. My conversion story is a big jar of truths, filled one pebble at a time. Sometimes it's even just a little grain of sand. This figurative jar of my personal assurances and truths, is why I am Mormon. Well what is in this jar? My knowledge of the Book of Mormon and it's teachings, the teachings of the prophets and apostles today, the teachings of the bible, which all contain the doctrine of Christ. These things are in there because I've applied them to my life. I've taken the principles, doctrines, and not only believe in them, but do them. In doing them, I strive to better myself, to align my will to God's, to become more like our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

All my life I have observed the commandment of keeping the sabbath day holy. It has been existent since the beginning of time, and from when Moses received the first Ten Commandments from the Lord. I don't work on Sunday's, neither did I do schoolwork on Sunday's. No matter how stressed I am from assignments, I keep the day focused on God, and my Savior, Jesus Christ. In an ever increasing world of opposition to religion and morality, the sabbath day is a gift, an opportunity to rest from the worries of the world, and to turn to our Father in Heaven, to go to church and partake of the sacrament, and to remember how much He has given us. I gave up my sleep all four years of high school to get up at 5:00 every day to get ready to go to seminary at 5:45 in the morning. It was difficult, but it is what we, as youth need to stay strong and valiant, and to "stand in holy places, and be not moved." I always maintain a clean language, one that uplifts, rather than corrupts or hurts. I love my Savior and seek how to improve and to become more like Him. Every trial is an opportunity to become more like Him. That's why we are here, to grow and to learn, to become more like our Father in Heaven, and our Savior.