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Hi I'm Brandon

I have lived in Idaho my whole life. I have been LDS for my whole life and it is really important to me.

About Me

I am 19 years old and just finished my first year of college at Utah State University. I am majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Human Anatomy. After graduating, I want to continue my education by attending medical school and becoming a doctor. I'm not sure what kind of doctor I want to be, but the medical field has always just been what I've wanted to do. The medical field is awesome because careers within it are devoted to serving the public. I think that this job would be the most rewarding and satisfying of them all. I am a very active and athletic person. I love to work out, be outdoors, play tennis, run, play volleyball, swim, hike, and be with people that I love. I have grown up with the church in my life, but I haven't always been actively engaged with it. I always knew that I was supposed to serve a mission and get married in the temple. But I haven't always been sure that I wanted that for myself. It wasn't until I went to a year at college that I realized how much the church actually meant to me. I realized that the gospel has always been a source of happiness, hope and peace for me. It has blessed my life in so many ways and I am so grateful for it. Because of that realization, I have decided to serve a mission. I want to bring the happiness and hope of the gospel that I have experienced to other people. The gospel has changed my life, and I am ready to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to help people allow the gospel to change their lives as well.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life, I have gone to many sources to search for happiness. All I have ever wanted for myself is to be happy. I have learned during my life that the only true source of happiness and joy is through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides me with so much hope. I have hope that I will be able to see my dear Grandmother again. I have hope that I will live after this life. I have hope that I will be able to see my family again when I die. I have hope that all of my sins will be forgiven through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Hoping for all of these things brings me happiness. And by hoping for all of these things, faith inevitably follows. Because I have hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ, I also have faith. Having something to have hope for and have faith in brings me happiness. I am a Mormon because it allows me to find happiness and peace. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ brings happiness. The gospel is a message of good news. The true church has been restored upon this Earth! The priesthood has been restored to the Earth and we have latter day prophets here to lead and guide us. I know that the prophets act as the mouthpiece of God. This is Christ's church. He stands at the head of it and leads and guides it through the Prophets. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. And I absolutely know that the Book of Mormon is the truest book on the Earth. The Book of Mormon doesn't just contain stories. It contains actual events that have truly occurred. I know that the Book of Mormon is true because I have read it. As I have read it, I have felt the truthfulness of the words contained within it. I have prayed to my Father in Heaven and He has helped me come to a knowledge of its truthfulness by the power of the Holy Ghost. I absolutely know that the gospel brings happiness. It has made me happy, given me purpose, and I am incredibly grateful for that

How I live my faith

I participate in the church by accepting callings and fulfilling them to the best of my ability. While attending college, I was called to be the church choir accompanist in my ward. This was absolutely terrifying for me because prior to coming to college, I hadn't touched the piano in over a year. I had taken piano lessons for many years, but I discontinued my lessons around 2 years before going to college. I did not consider myself to be a very talented piano player. I was obviously very nervous to accept this calling. I felt doubtful and inadequate because I knew that there were other people in my ward who could play the piano better than I could. But, with faith, I accepted the calling. I had faith that the Lord would do His part to help me with the calling if I did my part as well. I practiced the piano for hours every week. I sacrificed a lot of my time to practice the piano. But every time I went to the church to practice the piano, the songs I played filled me with the Spirit. I was able to feel the love of God as I played through those songs. I could feel Heavenly Father helping me and strengthening me. Through this calling, I learned to trust in the Lord. I learned to rely on Him. As I sat behind the piano bench in front of my whole ward and accompanied the choir, I know that the Lord helped me. I put in many hours of practicing, and I know that the Lord did His part to help me. This experience taught me so much. It taught me that the Lord does not abandon us when we call upon His name. It taught me that if we rely on Him, we will not be let down. It taught me that through the Lord's help, anything is possible. It taught me to have faith.