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Hi I'm Brian

I grew up in the northwest of the United States, I enjoy working with my hands to accomplish things. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Brian. I am preparing to serve a full time LDS mission in an undisclosed location. I have a knack for being snarky and funny in how I speak and write. Reading the heaviest of fiction books fill my pass time along with playing open-world and sandblock video games. Music fills my life, with the exception of hip hop and rap (sorry for those who enjoy them), I was in band all through secondary school and performed in the highest tier concert band all four years of high school. I work as a painter for a construction company and am constantly and unintentionally beating up my hands through it; I also get paint everywhere on me to ensure it only goes onto the surfaces I am painting. My family of eight places me in the middle right after my autistic brother. I am a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I am proud to say so and am usually willing to speak with anyone who asks (unless your intent is to argue about beliefs and ethics because then I will ignore any and all pointless accusations that are made).

Why I am a Mormon

Given that I was born into the LDS Church, it is difficult for me to give a reason on my I am a Mormon. But the question, "Why am I still a Mormon?" is one I can answer in full confidence. I was born to a family of five with me making six, and then two more siblings after me making a total of eight in my family. Having so many members of my family could prompt me to follow the though train of "Oh no one will truly care if I drop out of the Mormon life because there are still five other kids to make up for me" (note this is nowhere near actual teachings of the church). Then I realize that if I were to "drop out" wouldn't it cause my siblings, especially the younger ones who look up to me, to follow my example? It probably would. I am still a Mormon because I love my God. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I love my family. That is why I am still a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was the music conductor of the little branch (a very small congregation) I attended. This branch is specifically for young adults aged 18 to 30 who are unmarried. I seem to fit this demographic. I attended every week (I did this even before I became the conductor) and try to attend the activities we have whenever they happen. I now serve as a Missionary of the Church to help bring others closer to Christ I have had coworkers tease me about being LDS (or "Mormon" as they call it) by saying things such as "Brian, when you turn 21 we are going to take you to a stripclub." To which I respond with "Sorry, I don't want to." Simple as that. One in particular will comment "Stop, you're making him blush," whenever a topic of immoral scenarios are brought up; even though I am not blushing. My reaction to all of this (mostly) good natured teasing is to most of the time get back to work and when they see they can't get a reaction out of me they return to work as well. Though, I have engaged several of them with little chats on clarifying what "Mormons" believe: prominently has been why we don't drink coffee, beer, tea, don't smoke, chew tobacco, and refuse addicting, mind-altering drugs. And also discussions on polygamy and the fact that we don't practice it have also been in conversations. All in all, I live my faith with honor and goodwill. I am not perfect; I have made many and numerous mistakes in the past week alone. Yet, I know that God loves me regardless and as long as I am doing my best to become better than I was this morning He is pleased with me.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brian
Contrary to popular belief we do not worship Joseph Smith. We do however, revere him as the Prophet of God who was called to Restore His Gospel upon the Earth in the most recent era of human history. Smith was a mighty man, though still only a man. His love and reverence towards the Savior and the Father are impressive beyond belief in the face of all the adversity he was against. Some use his story as an inspiration and standard to live up to but such mentality is up to the individual member. Regardless, all faithful members of the Church recognize Joseph Smith as a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator who translated the Book of Mormon for records shown him by the Power of God and who served unfailing as the mouthpiece of the Lord, Jesus Christ. We thank him for his work immensely. We worship Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of this world and his, Father, the Eternal God. Show more Show less