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Hi I'm Brendan

I'm an artist living in West Jordan, Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in West Jordan, Utah. I have been involved with art ever since I can remember. I grew up "reading" comic books mostly to look at all the cool art. I would find myself drawing superman, spiderman, xmen and ninja turtles any time I could. I started selling my art in elementary school when classmates would pay me a couple quarters for some of my drawings. I even had a teacher who would pay me to do artwork for her classroom. On one occasion I remember her telling the class not to doodle on their homework because it was messy, but that I was the only one allowed to do it because she liked looking at my drawings. After serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I received Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Brigham Young University-Idaho. I am currently teaching art classes and painting back home in Utah.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a question that could take volumes to answer. I was born and raised in a Mormon family. I have always respected and cherished what I have been taught by my parents. That could possibly be the main reason why I baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was eight years old. But the reason why I am a mormon today goes far deeper. Growing up in the church we are taught many times that we shouldn't rely on the faith of others, but that we should seek to build our own foundation of faith in Jesus Christ by "experimenting on the word." We were encouraged to study the words of the prophets given in the Bible as well as the words spoken by prophets in the Book of Mormon. So that's what I did. As I read the scriptures and tried my best to live what I was taught, I began to feel great confidence and comfort in knowing that I had a Heavenly Father that loved me. I began to feel grateful to know that God had a Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly came to earth to suffer and die for me. As I grew a little older I started to see more of the realities of life's challenges. The more I became acquainted with heartache and struggles that we all inevitably face in life, the more I appreciated the need for God, and for my Savior. My appreciation for what Christ did grew into an abiding faith and trust as I struggled with my own personal challenges. In my darkest times, I know it is Christ who lifts me up. I know that God spoke with the prophet Joseph Smith. I know this because the same Spirit that has helped me to have faith in Jesus Christ, has also confirmed in my heart that the words in the Book of Mormon are true, and that they lead us to more fully know Jesus Christ. The "Mormon" church is not the church of Mormon. It is the church of Jesus Christ in our day. Christ leads it through living prophets to help us prepare for His return. Why am I a Mormon? Because I know it's true.

How I live my faith

I try to be as active in living my faith as possible. It is so rewarding to serve and teach and bless others, because that's what Jesus Christ did. I don't live my faith out of obligation. I do it because I love what Christ has done for me, and find so much satisfaction out of helping others have Christ in their lives as well. I have had opportunities to teach in church and serve others in the community ever since I can remember. I've been given chances to speak in church since I was a teenager. I had the blessing to serve as a full-time missionary for the church at age 19 for 2 years, where I spent all my time and efforts in sharing the good news of Christ's gospel with anyone who would listen. Since I've been home I have had opportunities to serve, and teach and lead in my congregation at home. I have been able to spend summers teaching and organizing activities for youth in the church during week long summer camps focused on strengthening our faith in Christ. I feel that I live my faith also by sharing the gifts He has given me. As an artist I feel that I live my faith by using my artistic gifts to inspire others to consider the beauty of God's creations, and of life itself. But with all I have been able to do, I have found that living my faith is less about projects or events, it is more about how I see others, myself, and God. I live my faith by small and simple things I do each day, like being more friendly to neighbors or strangers, or by spending more time with family. I live my faith by following Christ's invitation to "love one another, as I have loved you." (John 13:34-35)