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Hi I'm Brenton

I was raised in Oklahoma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 20 years old. I was raised in Oklahoma. I have an older sister and a younger sister. I graduated from highschool in 2008 and enrolled in a years worth of college. I'm currently serving a mission in Idaho sharing the truths I cherish in life. I have an interest in learning about people and the reasons they do things. I find psychology to be a wonderful way to understand ourselves and others. I enjoy delving into the realm of intellectuality. I feel that being a thinker is a very effective way of discovering more about the world around us and progressing in knowledge and wisdom. I also enjoy studying the pure doctrines of the gospel and learning for myself eternal truths that bring happiness and direction in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I have received a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Jesus is the Christ, and that there is a prophet on the earth today called and set apart to lead and guide the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I currently live my faith by serving as a full time missionary in Idaho where I share with others the truths I enjoy in life. Being a missionary is very demanding and difficult but also very rewarding and satisfying because of the happiness it brings into the lives of others. When I return home from the mission I plan on attending a local university to get my associates degree. After that I will seek to further my education in an appropriate field of my liking.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Brenton
The church's official name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But because we have an additional testament of Jesus Christ called the Book of Mormon many know us as Mormons. Show more Show less

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

Brenton
The biblical account of Adam and Even found in the book of Genesis teaches us that Adam and Eve transgressed one of God's commandments which brought physical and spiritual death separation from God into the world. Because of these conditions we are all subject to sin and find ourselves unable to dwell in God's presence. Jesus Christ performed an Atonement which reconciles us to God and enables us to overcome the affects of sin and of physical and spiritual death so that we can once again dwell in God's presence.   Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Brenton
We believe all people are required to take upon themselves the covenant of baptism for admittance into the Kingdom of God (heaven). Proxy baptisms are God's way of providing an equal chance for everyone to receive baptism. When we baptize individuals by proxy we are not forcing baptism upon them, they can choose to accept or reject the baptism that was performed for them in the hereafter. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Brenton
The phrase "eternal life" implies a life that is eternal or ever continuous and never ending. Eternal life means to live in the presence of God with our families coupled with joy and happiness beyond comprehension. Our Savior Jesus Christ has provided the means whereby all mankind may receive the gift of eternal life by obedience to the laws and ordinances of His gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the pathway that leads to eternal life. It begins with having faith in Jesus Christ. When we have faith in Christ we repent of our sins. After repentence we are baptised by immersion for the remission of sins. Then we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. If we do these things and endure to the end by keeping God's commandments we are promised eternal life!  Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Brenton
Many misunderstandings have risen since the restoration of the church in the days of Joseph Smith. Many people regard the church as a cult due to our belief that Christ visited America as well as our belief that God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are three separate and individual beings. Many people are confused with many of our beliefs and some even dislike the church. For this reason and others the church is sometimes labeled as being a cult. It is important to note that the best way to understand a religion is to talk directly with someone of that religion or read material directly from that religion.  Show more Show less

What is faith?

Brenton
 Faith is to believe in things which are not seen which are true. True faith is centered in our Savior Jesus Christ and comes from having a sincere trust in Him and His Atonement. Our faith increases as we gain a correct understanding of God's attributes, through diligent scripture study and church attendence, and by having a conscious awareness that we are pursuing a course pleasing to God. Faith gives us the strength to press on despite the trials of mortality, and comes when we truly believe that our Savior Jesus Christ has saved us from death and has promised us eternal life if we will follow Him and keep His commandments.   Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Brenton
Since God is our loving Heavenly Father He has provided many ways wherein we can truly come to know Him. One of the most fundamental and inspiring ways I feel we can come to know Him is through heartfelt prayer. As we pray to our Father in Heaven and truly yearn to draw closer to Him we will come to know in a very real way that He does hear and answer our prayers.   Show more Show less