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Hi I'm Brantley

I'm an attorney. I'm a sports enthusiast. I'm a father and husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an attorney and entrepreneur, living in Naples, Florida. I own and operate an alarm monitoring company as well as my solo law practice. I am the grateful husband of a beautiful and talented wife, and I'm the proud father of two beautiful girls. I spend my time either with my family, attending to my clients, working out, or enjoying the outdoors. I grew up in picturesque Southeastern Idaho in the umbra of the Teton mountain range. Growing up, my father instilled in me a love for nature and the outdoors. I have many pleasant childhood memories of hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, climbing mountains, fishing, etc. My parents also got me engaged in sports at a very early age. It's not much of an exaggeration to say sports are in my DNA. I ran my first mile when I was 4 years old (10:45) and my first 5k at 9 years of age (22:10). In high school, I played football, basketball, baseball, ran track, and wrestled. I then played college football for 3 years before I gave it up to start a family. A few achievements I'm proud of are that I once ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, had a 39-inch standing vertical, could slam a basketball (I'm 5'9"), set 9 records while playing football at Ricks College, and was named All-American. Besides being a family man and sports enthusiast, I am also a scholar of the law and political philosophy. There are few things I enjoy more than discussing our American heritage, the works of the framers, and Supreme Court cases.

Why I am a Mormon

To me, the Mormon faith just makes sense. If there were no LDS church, I would be a Christian, but I would be unattached to any other sect. Here's why the Mormon Church makes so much sense to me. From the Bible, I make the following observations. 1) God has always worked through a prophet from OT time through the NT. 2) This did not end with Christ. Peter was clearly the prophet of the church after Christ was gone. 3) Christ established an organizational structure in his church that consisted of Him at the head, 12 apostles, the quorum of the 70, etc. 4) The early Christians viewed all the twelve apostles as prophets and seers. 5) Only those who had received authority from Christ could pass it on to others via the laying on of hands. 6) Christ and his apostles often referenced the spirit as the instrument by which God provides revelation and inspiration to man. 7) The early Christians performed baptisms for the dead as a means to provide salvation to those who had passed without baptism. Only the LDS church claims to have a prophet, 12 apostles, a quorum of the 70, etc. The LDS church has the exact structure as Christ's church and is the only church that can say this. The LDS church claims to have direct authority form Christ (priesthood), and they ordain others by the laying on of hands just as in Christ's time. Only the LDS church puts as much emphasis on the spirit as an instrument to communicate truth from the divine to mankind. Only the LDS church performs baptism for the dead, like the early Christians. So, either the LDS church is just another church that happens to be the only church that bothered to replicate Christ's church, or it really is Christ's church restored in our time. Either way, the fact that it's the only church that fits the mold so to speak, I think, compels all Christians to investigate the LDS church. From my experience and the spiritual manifestations I have received, I believe it to be Christ's church.

How I live my faith

I think one of the most obvious ways that the Mormon faith has influenced my life is my health code. Mormons are known for abstaining from harmful substances. I believe the Mormon health code is a minimum standard. We believe the spirit of the Mormon health code is not just to avoid the most harmful substances, but to be healthy in every way--to make all prudent steps to care for our bodies. In our home, we have combined the Mormon health code with our fitness goals which results in avoiding soda, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar, for the most part. We work hard to avoid processed food as much as possible and try to cook nutrient-rich, natural meals. We also exercise regularly. We are a fit family, and we attribute this to the Mormon culture. Another way that my family and I live our religion is that we avoid harmful media. Our minds should be kept as clean and pure as our bodies. As a family, we avoid movies with violence, pervasive foul language, and nudity. I feel that mankind should be seeking inspiring and uplifting entertainment and art. I think the closeness of my family can be attributed to our Mormon faith. We do many things together as a family from praying daily together to eating together, playing together, and relaxing together. We try, whenever possible, to engage in activities that we can all enjoy. Finally, I live my religion by providing service. I dedicate about 10 hours a week to serving other members of the church, working with the youth or the scouts, or serving at the local chapel.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Brantley
For the same reason that the Christ's first apostles and disciples performed them, namely because it's a way to allow others who died without the ordinance of baptism to be able to take advantage of the benefits of baptism and membership in Christ's church where it would otherwise not be available to them. It's one of the most important doctrines of Christ's gospel, and without it, benefits of Christ's ministry would be withheld from countless millions for no reason other than the time and location of their birth, which prejudice and injustice is contrary to the nature of God. Stated differently, the ordinance is a key ordinance that makes the gospel applicable to all. Show more Show less