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Hi I'm Braeden

I am from Utah. I am a teenage soccer player. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have played soccer for 14 years. I love it. If I could, I would play it for hours every day. I have played for my high school and have been offered many opportunities to play semi-professionally. I also love music. I always have to have it playing no matter what I am doing. I grew up playing the piano then I moved on to learn how to play the string bass. After a while, I decided to start playing percussion. Ever since, it has just become a hobby of mine. I have recently received my mission call to Missouri. I am very excited for this adventure that I am about to go on. I am a young 18 year old that is just graduating high school. It may seem really young to be going on a mission, but I believe that I am just as ready as any missionary can be.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church. My parents were members before I was born. This church is all that I have ever known. I chose to be a part of this church because of all of the miracles and blessings that I have seen from it. When I was younger, I didn't really understand the importance to going to church. I just thought of it as a burden. I never wanted to go to church. I just felt like it was boring and dumb. When I was about 14 years old, I went to a youth conference (youth activity for our stake). I had a lot of fun but I just never got along with any of the other boys there. They were all just super immature. I felt like I was wasting my time with them. There was one young man that was kind of an outsider. He never really fit in and he wasn't social enough to get involved. On our last day, someone locked one of the rooms and shut the door by accident. No one had a key to these rooms so a lot of the young men's stuff was locked in. We all thought it was this trouble maker kid. He promised that he didn't do it. No one believed him, including myself. Then, an hour before we were supposed to leave, someone came up and asked if we lost a key. We told them no but they gave the key to us anyways. We decided to try it on the door and it worked! everyone cheered and loaded everything into their cars. Before we left, we had a meeting where we shared our favorite parts from the trip. The shy young man stood up in front of everyone and shared how he accidentally locked the door and closed it. He didn't want to admit that he did it. Instead, he went in a room by himself and prayed to our Heavenly Father that there would be some way to get the door open so no one would be mad at him. Hearing this, I recalled how we got a key from a stranger. At that moment, I felt a peaceful feeling. We witnessed an answered prayer right in front of us. I wanted to keep that feeling with me forever and always. I knew that I needed to follow the Savior. From then on, I have never doubted Him.

How I live my faith

I am very active in the church and all of the callings that I have. I go home teaching every month without fail. I love to talk with my families that I home teach. I also have participated and graduated from seminary. Seminary is a class held at high school that helps teach young men and young women about our church. I participate in all of the youth activities held in my ward or area for our church. I live my faith by following all of the standards that are asked of us. My friends and I are still teenagers. We still live, but we live in a way that is fun and we don't have to lower our standards. We help each other stay safe and true to this amazing gospel.