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Hi I'm Brenden

I grew up in Utah, and now I anticipate serving a mission, going to college, and finding a career in the US Army. I'm a Mormon

About Me

Hi! I just graduated high school in 2016 where I did football, cheerleading, and track. I love activities outdoors, particularly mowing lawns. Trying active new things gets me excited. Rock climbing is the greatest. I can't wait to serve a mission. I belong to a family of five. I also enjoy writing, although I don't really make it public. My plans for the future include a mission, college, becoming an Army Officer, temple marriage, and above all, furthering my testimony in the restored gospel and in the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon church). I was baptized at age 8, and grew up living the principles taught therein, thanks to the testimonies of my parents. However, my personal conversion to the church has begun within the last year or two. It began with recognizing simple blessings that God had given me, blessings that couldn't have come from anywhere but God himself, who knows the desires of our hearts. In Seminary, I began to study the Old Testament of the Bible. I learned of the symbolisms of the Law of Moses and how everything which God instructed the children of Israel to practice, was in similitude of the coming of the Messiah. As my testimony of the Bible grew, so did the Book of Mormon. I began reading the Old Testament and The Book of Mormon in conjunction with each other. The powerful scripture parallels and undeniable cross references between the two strengthened my knowledge that God really did commune with the prophets of the Old Testament as well as The Book of Mormon. It only makes sense that the true church of today's world would have this same communion with God, through a prophet whom he has called. Such is true of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints. I began to fully realize the final sacrifice, the atonement, of the savior Jesus Christ. I began to desire a personal relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. In doing so, I have come to know that Joseph Smith restored the gospel of Jesus Christ by the power and influence of God. I know that he saw God the Father and His son in the sacred grove of trees, and that through Joseph's purity of heart and humility, he was guided by the spirit to bring forth the everlasting gospel, and be the first Prophet of the latter days. I believe that one can come to know these things through exercising Moroni's promise in the book of Mormon, to read it with real intent and purity of heart, and ask God if the things are true.

How I live my faith

I love going to church! Sunday meetings are like a break from the rest of the week. Listening to other people's testimonies and learning doctrine from the scriptures really helps me see and feel God's presence in my life. My favorite thing to do is attend the Temple regularly. It is a blessing. I have lived my faith by being active in my church youth groups as well as accepting callings to lead some of them. I am an Eagle Scout. I have my mission call to Peru. Daily scripture study and prayer are key habits that help me remember where I come from, why I'm here, and where I'm going. Recently I have been volunteering to help with an organization that helps disabled, diseased, or ill children and it has been a blessing to have that opportunity.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries teach of the gospel of Jesus christ and invite all to come unto him. Their sole purpose is to help those of the world realize that Jesus is the prophesied Messiah and that he lives, loves us, and wants us to return to Him and The Father for eternity. Missionaries teach of the plan of salvation, which goes hand in hand with the atonement. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The atonement of Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law of Moses, and it is through this last sacrifice for sin, that we all can be made clean and be forgiven. Jesus suffered for our sins, so we wouldn't have to. This is the single most important act of love in the history of the world. Realizing the significance of the atonement can bring you closer to both God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less