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Hi I'm Brandon

I'm from Idaho, I love sports and music, and I'm a full-time missionary in the Washington D.C. South Mission.

About Me

I graduated from high school in the spring of 2016, and that summer I left on my mission. I serve in the Washington D.C. South Mission and speak English there. I was raised in the church by my two parents back at home and I was a very active kid. I played football, basketball, sang in the choir, was part of honor society, worked at a movie theater, and still found time to hang out with my friends. When I get back from the mission, I will head to Brigham Young University in Provo, UT to major in either physics or mechanical engineering. In my spare time I'm just a regular guy. I play guitar, work out, watch movies with my friends, and before my mission I was able to spend a few weeks serving in my local temple. I just love the Gospel and I want everyone to be able to feel its comforting power and the peace that accompanies it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was always a member of the church and always familiar with its teachings since birth. I went to all the meetings and new all the answers to the questions that Sunday School teachers or missionaries would ask, but I don't believe that I was truly converted or committed to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until the summer before my senior year in high school. I was just going through the motions in my life. The church wasn't the highest priority for me, I was dealing with a lot of self-confidence issues and, as my effort in the church started to decline, I had to make a decision. I went into the woods with only my scriptures just like Joseph Smith did, and after a little light reading, got down on my knees and prayed. In my prayer I asked God what He wanted me to do and told Him I wouldn't stop praying until He gave me answer. I prayed for over fifteen minutes without stopping until I felt prompted to head to the Book of Mormon and read Mosiah 4:2-3. It spoke of the joy of the Nephites after they had repented, and spoke of how they now had a desire to share the Gospel of Christ. My life has been a near parallel. Since using the atonement and taking care of my mistakes thanks to the great sacrifice of the Savior, I have received more joy and blessings than I possibly could any other way. Now more than anything I want to share the source of my happiness with others, so I came to serve a mission! This is the same church on the Earth that Jesus Christ set up during His mortal ministry, and through revelation Joseph Smith has brought it back, giving us the chance to follow Christ and His Father perfectly.

How I live my faith

In my hometown, I was one of the assistants to my ward's (a small region of members) leader or bishop. I taught lessons, visited sick and old people in the ward, and helped with whatever he or the other youth of my ward needed. I helped plan a few stake (a stake is a specific group of wards) camping trips where young men could prepare to serve missions and grow closer to Jesus Christ. Right before I left on my mission I worked in the temple in my hometown on Thursday and Saturday nights, taking care of the temple and assisting in the administration of the ordinances there. Now I spend every day from 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM studying, teaching, and spreading the Gospel, as well as doing service for members and nonmembers alike, and helping and comforting those who need a little more support. I love it here and I can feel the love of Jesus Christ so much more through teaching His word.