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Hi I'm Briel

I'm a bookworm who loves to learn. I love hiking and spending time with friends and family. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up mostly in Arizona. I am the third of four kids in my family. I love being outside and playing most sports, but my favorite is soccer. I love to read and can spend hours in the world of a book.I just finished a year of schooling at BYU, but am now leaving to serve a mission for eighteen months in Salem, Oregon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I know this church to be true. I grew up in this church, and didn't always have that knowledge and belief. It came gradually, as I spent time reading the scriptures and learning from teachers and lessons at church about the doctrines of the gospel found in this church. I have tried to follow these doctrines and commandments, and I have found that when I do I feel more at peace and happy in my life. I have read the Book of Mormon, and I know that it is true for the same reasons mentioned above, I feel peace when I read it, and when I apply what it teaches into my life.

How I live my faith

I strive to follow the example of Christ in my life, I make mistakes but always try to become better by praying and reading the scriptures. I am leaving soon to serve for eighteen months as a missionary in Salem, Oregon and to teach others about the truth contained in this church.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Throughout the history of the world, there have been periods where truth has been on the earth, and where it has fallen away. Adam, Abraham, Moses, etc. Prophets have brought the truth, and then it has been lost again. When Christ came to the earth he established his Church, with a specific organization and with priesthood authority. After He died, His apostles continued his work with the same priesthood authority and organization. However, many of the apostles were killed. Those left continued to try and follow Christ's gospel, but much of the authority and truth was lost with the apostles. This eventually led to many different divisions of Christianity, because people could feel that things were missing, but the disagreed on what was missing, and how to interpret what they had. The bible contained most of these remaining truths, but there was still some things missing, and some things in the bible people did not understand because they did not have the authority. This all occurred in what is known as the Dark Ages, and this continued for hundreds of years. Then, in 1820, Joseph Smith, as a young boy, decided to ask God what of all the churches was right. It was then he had the first vision, which marked the beginning of the Restoration. Through Joseph Smith, Christ then restored his priesthood authority on the earth and established the original organization that was in the church when Christ started it. Show more Show less