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Hi I'm Bronson Duckworth

I'm from Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm a volleyball player and missionary in the England London South Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 4 kids where I am the third child. While I have been a member my whole life, I have a deep Catholic background. My mother grew up in the Catholic church and didn't get baptized until 10 years into my parents marriage. I am serving a mission in London, England South from August of 2016 to 2018. After my mission I will be attending BYU-Provo where I plan to study Communications. I was a three year varsity letter men for volleyball at my high school in Las Vegas and was the captain my senior year. I was in student council at my high school for four years and served as the Student Body Officer my senior year. Overall, I love my family and enjoy hanging out with my friends and I'm a huge Star Wars fan.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I do not consider me converted until I was 16. I would attend church every Sunday, but not truly pay attention. I had never read the Book of Mormon for myself and to be honest never really read my scriptures or prayed. I didn't realize back then, but I lived a very sad life. I was never really happy, but then I met a girl who changed my life forever. One Sunday in the midst of depression, I cam across the scripture Alma 36:3, and the part that stuck out to me read "whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day." This scripture really hit me and made me realize that if I wanted my Heavenly Father's help, I needed to trust Him. You show your trust by reading your scriptures and praying to Him. After that I read the Book of Mormon and realized its truthfulness. I had now grasped onto the Gospel and I wanted nothing more than to share it with my Atheist friend. Now I would love to say that she came to the Gospel as I did, but that did not happen. However, I found that while she was not converted, I had become converted by the missionary work I was doing for her. I look at where I am now and where I was before I read my scriptures and prayed every day, and I am so much happier now. There are things in the world that offer "happiness", but as someone who has seen both sides, only the Gospel can bring true and everlasting happiness. That is why I still follow and always will follow my Savior, because He is what truly makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I have always done as the Savior has asked and served. I participated in the Boy Scouts of America my whole life and received the rank of Eagle Scout. Through the journey of scouting I learned to always help others and through this service a grew closer to my Savior. At church I held callings in the youth of my ward which helped me to serve those in my ward. Every Sunday I help prepare and bless the Sacrament which is a service to all the members in my ward. I have also given many talks during my churches Sacramental meetings which would give me amazing opportunities to bear my testimony.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Bronson Duckworth
Tithing is used in many different ways, but to encompass all of them into a general idea of what it is used for, tithing is used to build God's kingdom here on earth. It helps pay for the construction of beautiful temples and chapels. It funds the missionary program and is used to make church materials. No church leaders receive money from performing their callings. Paying tithing is a blessing that has been given to us from God, and think about it for a second. When you pay tithing, you are literally building God's kingdom on the earth! It is a tremendous blessing to be a full-tithe payer in the Lord's church and knowing that the money I pay helps build God's kingdom. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Bronson Duckworth
To use a metaphor, say you are driving 15 mph over the speed limit and you get pulled over by an ice cream truck. The man in the truck comes out and tries to write you a ticket for speeding. Are you going to take that ticket from him? Of course not, because he does not have the authority to pull you over. The same situation though, but this time a police officer pulls you over. Are you going to tell him off? No, of course not because he does have that authority to pull you over. This same principal applies the authority needed to baptize. This authority is called priesthood authority. Jesus Christ had this authority and he gave it to his apostles, but people crucified the Savior and killed his apostles and that authority was no longer on the earth. After the First Vision happened and God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet, the keys of priesthood authority were once again restored to the earth, including the authority to baptize. While the intents of others in baptizing may be good, much like the ice cream man wanted to keep the roads safe and pull the speeder over, they do not have that authority. That authority lies in Jesus Christ's restored church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Bronson Duckworth
Think of faith as a muscle. If you work it out and are constantly doing things to make it grow, it will grow. But, if you stop working out, it will not only stop growing, but actually begin to get weaker. The same goes for faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ. To strengthen our faith of Him, we need to be constantly doing the things He told us to do. Obey His commandments, study the scriptures, pray to the Father fervently in His name. One of the biggest things we need to do is act as He did, and love as He loved. Faith in the Savior is a constant practice and always needs nourishment, but all we need to do to strengthen that faith are the simple things He has asked us to do. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Bronson Duckworth
The priesthood keys necessary to perform saving ordinances such as baptism have not always been on the earth. For example, there is a long space of time from the death of Christ's apostles to the time that Joseph Smith restored the church to the earth. During that time, there were no priesthood keys, meaning that no one during that time would have the chance to be baptised under proper priesthood authority. Doesn't seem fair that those people would never have the chance, right? Well, God is a God of order and His plan is perfect, so he developed a way for EVERYONE to have the chance to partake of the blessings of baptism. This is where baptisms for the dead comes in. Baptisms for the dead allows worthy members of the church to be baptised for people who have already passed on. Baptisms for the dead is not something new, it was first written about by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:29. Baptisms for the dead is an extremely great blessing that members of the church are able to participate in for the salvation of others who were unable to partake of those blessings here on earth. Show more Show less