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Hi I'm Brayden

Growing up playing football, baseball and wrestling, I love to be outside. I enjoy serving and teaching others, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like many youth, I moved around quite a bit. I learned that life is what you make it no matter where you go. Through my years of moving, I have loved meeting new people and exploring different parts of the United States. My testimony strengthens each time I move as find myself learning and growing each day due to other people. As a current missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I owe most of my success to my family, wards, bishops, and other youth leaders.

Why I am a Mormon

My father grew up Mormon, and converted my mother after I was born. They were married in the Los Angeles temple. I was baptized when I was 8 years old and I couldn't be happier. I am Mormon because I know that this is the true church. I am Mormon because I find great happiness in feeling the spirit and helping others. As I read the scriptures I get an overwhelming feeling that you can't get anywhere else. I know that without this church I would have a much different life than I do now. I am Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through helping others and participating in activities such as mutual, campouts, stake dances, youth conference, and high adventure. Early morning seminary before school for the past 4 years has shaped me to be a better priesthood holder, and to truly appreciate what has been brought in to my life.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Brayden
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is open to all who seek it. We believe, as stated in Mosiah, that when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of our god. We believe in serving others with a warm heart. Often times people think that we serve or participate in shelter events for money, or to seek out converts, or to promote our church. We do have a true love for all people, and we will invite others to come unto Christ if they seek the truth in our messages, but we do not serve with intentions to receive. It's done out of the goodness of hearts. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." For this purpose, and many others, our church is constantly seeking out opportunities to serve others, and do so with a smile. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Brayden
Often times plural marriage is brought up when speaking of our religion. It seems to be one of the most talked about parts of the church. There were times that the Lord commanded his people to practice plural marriage. Plural marriage, or polygamy, has never been our center of attention. The few times that the church did practice this, it was commanded by the Lord. He commanded some early saints in the Latter-Days to practice this such as Joseph Smith (and all those close to him), Brigham Young, and Heber C Kimball. As we may imagine today, these saints were challenged to obey as they knew marriage should be between one man and one woman. In 1890, President Wilford Woodruff received a revelation that the leaders of the Church should cease teaching the practice of plural marriage. As of right now the Lord’s law of marriage is monogamy unless he commands otherwise to help establish the House of Israel. Show more Show less