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Hi I'm Brandon Craig Mills

I was born in Burley, Idaho in 1973. I was born into an LDS family and have been LDS all my life. I plan to be a pharmacist soon.

About Me

I have lived in the Salt Lake Valley since 1982. I served in the Utah Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve for 16 years, from January 1991 to January 2007, before being medically discharged. I was a pharmacy technician and I am in the Veteran Administrations Vocational Rehabilitation program working to become a pharmacist. I am a divorced father of 2 boys, ages 20 and 16. I enjoy professional wrestling, Dungeons and Dragons and World of Warcraft. I also treasure every minute I get to spend with my children. Some wrong and bad choices led to my ex-communication in October 2000, but I was re-baptized in March 2003. I am still working on a restoration of blessings. I am grateful every day for my membership and plan on never losing it again. It cost me everything that was precious to me and was the darkest time of my life, but the experience helped grow, to truly feel the atonement working for me and to absolutely solidify to me my faith in and the truthfulness of this gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of this church my entire life, having been taught and believing the truthfulness of it. I have seen how living the commandments and following the principles of the gospel provide myself and others of the faith the blessings of our Heavenly Father which found in the scriptures. I also have a very personal testimony of the existence of our Heavenly Father, his son who is our savior and redeemer Jesus the Christ, and of the Holy Ghost, sometimes called the Holy Spirit. I have felt them take me in their arms and hug me when I was feeling lost or confused. I have also felt them near me, often carrying me, through the darkest and most troubling times in my life when I felt I could not go on. Why am I a Mormon, otherwise called a Latter-Day Saint? It is because of these experiences in my life, because of loving parents who taught me to walk in gospels paths, and because of my prayers to our Father in Heaven, both personal and for confirmation of what the scriptures and the church leadership revelation tells us. I am a Mormon because I KNOW that this gospel is true. I KNOW that only through the gospel teachings, the atonement of the Savior, and by gladly receiving the covenants and ordinances that are required of us can we return to live in the Celestial Kingdom with our Heavenly Father. I KNOW that through these ordinances we can gain eternal life with our earthly families in Heavenly Fathers kingdom. I KNOW that our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus the Christ, are both resurrected personages with mortal bodies like our own and that with the Holy Ghost they make up the godhead of this earth and are one in mind and purpose. I KNOW that Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared to Joseph Smith Jr. in the Sacred Grove and was told the work he would do. Then with the assistance of the Holy Ghost, I KNOW he translated the Book of Mormon. But mostly I am a Mormon because I KNOW this gospel is true and no one will ever convince me otherwise.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I live my faith by reading and studying the scriptures and through prayer. I know from experience and with assurity that heavenly father answers our prayers as long as we pray in faith and with a firm belief they will be answered. The answers do not always come right away, and they are not always what we were hoping to hear, but they will come. I attend my weekly church meetings to be taught and edified through the teachings of the gospel. I pay my tithing, which is a charitable contribution of 10% of our increase. I refrain from smoking, alcohol and illegal drug use just as our word of wisdom command. I avoid profanity, and encourage others to remove such words from their vocabulary when they use them around me. I am living with my mother and my disabled step-father, helping them do things they cannot do themselves. I share my example and testimony with my four siblings who have fallen away from the iron rod and straight and narrow path, hoping someday it will help lead them back to the light. But most importantly, I share my faith, my testimony and my example with my children, always striving to teach them and lead them in the right direction.