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Hi I'm Braden Webb

I grew up in Ohio. I'm currently a 19-year-old college student preparing to serve a mission in Slovakia. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently attending Brigham Young University, where I'm studying mathematics and computer science. My family moved around a lot when I was young—we lived in California, Washington, and Utah—but right now my parents and four younger siblings live in Ohio (and that's where I consider myself 'from'). I love reading; playing tennis, basketball, and frisbee; and listening to alternative rock. I play the piano, and I actually really studying philosophy.

Why I am a Mormon

Knowledge is a tricky thing. At times I've questioned the difference between thinking, believing, having faith in, and actually knowing something. Ultimately, what I've discovered is that the only thing that can transcend the physical senses is the Holy Spirit. I've felt that Spirit bear testimony to me that God is real. That we are His children. That He loves us. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Lord and Savior. He sacrificed Himself to atone for our sins. Through Him, we can find peace and joy, we can eventually return to live with Him after this life, and families can be sealed to be together for eternity. I also bear witness to the miracle that is Christ's church today. On this earth, we have living prophets and apostles of the Lord. They receive revelation from God to lead and guide His church. I know that we can receive such revelation for ourselves as well—I have, each time that I've read the Bible or the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

The school at which I currently live and study is rather unique in that the vast majority of the students are Mormons. For that reason, many of the church congregations here are composed entirely of young adults ages 18-24. In my congregation, I was called to serve as the president of the men's organization (what we call the Elders' Quorum). I lead our meetings each Sunday, help to organize many of our congregation's social events and service projects, and head our efforts to ensure that each member of our church has people they can trust and call upon when they need assistance. In addition, I'm preparing to serve a full-time, two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I've been waiting (and saving money) to do this for most of my life, and back in February, I was finally called to serve in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. I'll be heading out to learn Slovak and to live in those countries at the end of May, and I'm extremely excited.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Braden Webb
Members of the LGBT+ community are children of God, and deserve to be treated as such. Christ taught that we are to love our neighbors, and bigoted or prejudicial behaviors and attitudes—towards anyone—are not in line with the principles of His gospel. That being said, God has commanded that certain types of behavior are, nonetheless, contrary to his plan. Many Christian churches teach that sexual intimacy before or outside of marriage is immoral. The LDS church is one of those churches. Across most of the world, heterosexual immorality is much more accepted than homosexual immorality. I think that's why (at least for me) most of my friends easily understand that while I can't condone their decisions to not practice abstinence before marriage, I still respect them as people. In a corresponding manner, Mormons do not condone sin in any form (including homosexual behavior), but we do love and respect members of the LGBT+ community regardless of their choices. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Braden Webb
No. Missions are completely voluntary. That being said, I've had a desire to share the message of my gospel for most of my life. I will be leaving to go serve the people of Slovakia and the Czech Republic for a full two years very soon, and I can't wait. In Matthew 28:19, the Lord commands his disciples to share His words with everyone, and we seek to do so by sharing the the principles taught in Moroni 10:32-33 and 2 Nephi 25:26. Show more Show less