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Hi I'm Brandon

I am a computer enthusiast, a lover of good humor, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I like to use computers and electronics as well as building things, all kinds of construction small toys, desks, entertainment centers, you name it. My career goal is to be an architect. I like just about any kind of clean humor and strive to find what's funny in just about everything/make wise cracks at everything. In my school experience I've worked on cars and trucks and have helped my school district build a real house. I also enjoy learning, from other people especially. I enjoy learning new stories from books, movies, and video games.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church and never really felt like it was for me. When I began to learn more about the Church as I prepared to serve a mission for two years for the Church I began to feel the Holy Spirit testify to me that this was the true Church of Jesus Christ. Now I can better recognize things that are actually true and inspired by God and things that are simply of man. Being a Mormon has led my life into a sweet, redeeming light-the Light and Love of Jesus Christ. Because I believe Jesus Christ, I also know that He lives and loves all people. I also know that He stands at the head of this Church. On earth, He has called President Thomas S. Monson to be His mouthpiece and agent. He has also given each of us the gift of prayer, of communication with the Father, in order to learn His will for our individual lives and to receive answers to our prayers.  

How I live my faith

I always strive to make sure that prayer is a part of all of the aspects of my life. I pray before I do both my secular and spiritual studies and I always carry my scriptures with me so that my Heavenly Father sees that I'm willing to listen to His counsel in all of my activities not just at church. I'm currently serving a mission to the Lord in New Jersey!  I also work to stop at times and listen to hear and feel what my Heavenly Father would have me learn or what He would have me do.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Brandon
Commonly people fear what they don’t understand. In many places the Church is not understood, nor are it’s people. We tend to use the word ‘cult in a negative way and apply it to groups that we feel are of no benefit to ourselves or our communities thus making it a sort of shield to protect our selves from getting even close to what we may perceive as a kind of monster or ‘Boogeyman’. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Brandon
Nope! We know that we are all the family of God and therefore are to help all people who belong to that family. Jesus commanded that we love one another and that certainly extends to giving service to others, even though they may not wish to unite with our church. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Brandon
It would be radically unfair if the Atonement of Jesus Christ was limited only to those who have heard about it while they were alive. Proxy baptisms for the dead are one way that we, as members of Christ's true Church, extend the great saving blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to those who have gone before us. This work only serves to accomplish a necessary ordinance to those who have died but it does not make them automatically saved; they can still choose to reject these works, just as we can do at any time during our lives. This ordinance is further performed in the temples of the Lord because it is the only place wherein our acts are able to reach beyond the world of the living. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Brandon
A testimony is a witness, or knowledge based on experience, of truth from the Holy Ghost. It is something that comes from seeking to know truth from your Heavenly Father and then doing all that you can to obtain it. A testimony is knowing that something is true and that knowledge cannot be given by man nor can it be taken away by man. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brandon
It would be pretty hypocritical to call ourselves the Church of Jesus Christ and worship someone else. Many people don’t know the real name of the Church and wonder ‘what is a Mormon?’ The truth is, we worship Christ just as much, if not more, than the rest of Christendom. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Brandon
 God has given us everything we have on this planet, including our money. He asks us to give Him 10 to help us remember this crucial lesson and He rewards us for that sacrifice in both spiritual and temporal ways. The money itself goes to fund all of the many activities and operations of the Church, like the utilities and maintainence of the buildings that we meet in each Sunday. In this way it is also the general scope of the counsel that God has given each of us that we should be personally self-sustaining. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Brandon
Christ told His apostles that if they were to be the greatest in the kingdom of God then they were to be the servants of everybody else. The Church teaches that we are to all serve one another and that includes even the general leaders of the Church. Christ was never paid for anything He did. We're taught to sustain ourselves and that is what the clergy in the Church do they have their own jobs. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Brandon
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. All that we do in the Church is centered on this. When we go to church on Sunday we wear the best of what we have. We celebrate holidays in the regions of the world we live in. We love to be together and always have activities that bring people from the areas around us together. We're also always ready to help those in need so don't be surprised if you find mormons randomly coming up to help you with a project or with a meal for you; it's just what we do. We just love to follow Jesus Christ and have fun doing it!! Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Brandon
The prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Brandon
 We always strive to be among the first to arrive on the scene of natural disasters with food, hygiene, shelter, etc. We deliver wheelchairs to less-fortunate countries around the world. We also strive to serve our neighbors in our communities cleaning up parks, home or yard chores, etc. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Brandon
 Faith is a belief in something which cannot be seen. Faith is Jesus Christ is believing in and trusting in His teachings and promises and in the words of His servants. Faith leads to action, acting on that belief in Christ. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Brandon
 Nowhere in the Bible does it say that there are only supposed to be apostles in the time of the Christ. When Christ ascended into heaven the first thing that the apostles did was call a new apostle to fill in the vacancy left by Judas Iscariot. From the writings of Paul we also see that apostles and prophets are always to be a part of Christ's true church. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Brandon
The expression is "out of sight, out of mind". Being modest in dress is a constant object lesson that the body is a sacred creation of God and should be treated as such, not as some kind of wonton pleasure device. Language is a powerful indication of the kind of person that one is. The best way I have every known is to be the example, even if parents aren't perfect, the children will see the attempt. Also, talk with them about modesty, language, and behavior. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brandon
Grace is the part of Christ's Atonement that allows us to receive eternal life through our faithful adherence to God's commandments. Grace is won first through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and is applied to our efforts after we have tried our best to keep His commandments. A prophet in the Book of Mormon named Moroni taught us that we must "deny ourselves of all ungodliness and then Christ's grace is sufficient for us." Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brandon
Only God can answer this sort of question. In order to find an answer to such a question you must first "study it out in your mind" by reading the Book of Mormon, attending a mormon church, etc. and then praying to God, in the name of Jesus Christ, and asking to know if this Church is Christ's true church. While God answers each of us in different ways, He tells us to listen closely to the feelings in our hearts and the thoughts in our minds. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Brandon
 A temple is the House of the Lord and therefore a very sacred place. In the temple we make greater promises to the Lord and receive greater blessings for doing so. We also make promises in behalf of those who have passed on. Because what goes on in temples is so great and wonderful, we have to prepare ourselves and become worthy to make and do such great and wonderful things. The things and promises are so special to members of the Church that they don't talk about them casually. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Brandon
 A temple is a House of the Lord. In the temple we do certain holy acts, first for ourselves and then for our dead ancestors. It is a place where we are instructed from on High for personal matters and are strengthened for the rigors of life. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Brandon
 The Book of Mormon is another testament, or witness, of Jesus Christ. It contains the same teachings of the Bible but they are told through the experiences of the people who lived on the american continents. In 1823 Joseph Smith was praying to God when an angel, or messenger from God, appeared to him and told him that "God had a work for him to do." Joseph was shown in vision a placed where a sacred record, written on gold plates, was buried. After four years of training and instruction by that same messenger, Joseph was granted permission to take the plates and translate them into english at which point the messenger would come for them. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Brandon
The prophet is chosen by the Living Head of the Church, Jesus Christ. When a prophet dies, the apostles gather together to pray and to know whom the Lord would have to be His prophet. It is usually the senior apostle. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brandon
No. We love Joseph Smith as the prophet who restored Jesus Christ's Church. Like Moses he was a great tool in God's hands and a leader for the Lord's people but was still just a man-a man that did great things in the name of the Lord but he was not a god nor any kind of superior being than any other human on the earth. We only worship God the Father in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Brandon
Stand up. If the rulers of industry were to hear what we really think, then they would follow it. If they only hear what those who choose evil think, then they think that that is what we all think. We must let our voices be heard. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Brandon
 The Church's welfare services have been established for the purpose of helping those people who, through their own efforts, fall short of the basic needs for survival. While these services provide physical help, they are also used to help these and other people become self-reliant and, where possible, gives them the great blessing of working in some capacity to earn this help. These services are also scriptural, following the commandment that we should, "succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees." Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Brandon
The Word of Wisdom is God's law of physical and spiritual health. It was given to the prophet Joseph Smith in the 1800's and tells us what things were made for us to eat and what things we should not eat, such as tobacco, coffee, alchohol, tea, and harmful drugs. In the Word of Wisdom we are also given promises that if we are diligent in keeping this law we will live out our lives with joy and fulfillment and we will be more receptive to the Spirit of God! Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Brandon
 The First Vision is when the prophet Joseph Smith first saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in the Sacred Grove near Joseph Smith's home in Palmyra, New York, USA. This was when he asked God which church he should join and was answered that he should join none of the existing churches because none of them were Jesus Christ's church. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Brandon
 It can be easy to miss in all of the hustle and bustle of daily living but authority actually forms the basis of our lives. a student recognizes that their teacher has authority in the classroom and school but not in his or her home. Baptism is a sacred and important ordinance required to enter God's kingdom, kind of like a visa. if you wanted to travel to japan from the USA than you would have to have a passport given by someone with authority to let you into Japan. A man's own authority, and everything he does by it, dies with him but if he acts with God's authority even death must consent to his acts, thus anyone can perform a baptism for this life but only someone with authority from God can perform a baptism that will continue to be valid after this life.  Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Brandon
 In reading the scriptures we invite the presence of the Spirit of God, who then, through the written words of the prophets, will teach us of things God would have us do in our lives. In addition, the Spirit will also bring to our hearts a great measure of peace and security from our Heavenly Father, a 'sweet assurance that He cares.' Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Brandon
Faith in Jesus Christ is a principle of action. As we strive to follow and love Him we come to love each other. As we come to love each other, we will consider what the Savior would do when we have important decisions to make or when we feel wronged by other people. Our marriages will become more heavenly because we are striving to be heavenly like the Savior. All of this comes from our faith in Jesus Christ or our belief in Him and our trust that He will fulfill His promises Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Brandon
 No. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are taught to participate in local governments according to their own feelings and thoughts but the Church as an organization always remains neutral in terms of political parties. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Brandon
 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organized in geographical units. A single congregation is called a ward and several wards togather make up a stake. A very small congregation may be known as a branch, signifying it's great potential to grow. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Brandon
 The Lord revealed a code of health to the prophet Joseph Smith in which He warned that tea, tobacco, coffee, drugs, and alcohol were not good for our bodies. In giving this Word of Wisdom the Lord promised great blessings of health for following it. One of the greatest promises to me is that we will receive 'hidden treasures' of knowledge we will be more receptive to the Holy Spirit and the knowledge of God that He brings. While it may seem to be a small thing, the Word of Wisdom, like all other commandments, allows us to exercise our faith by following it although we may not know all of the reasons for it. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Brandon
 There are many experiences that I have had that tell me that there is no way that there isn't a God. Learning about the environment and the different sorts of materials that are to be found on earth I start thinking, "Wow, that's awfully convenient." Then I come to realize that everything works the way it does because God designed it that way. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Brandon
 There are many options to learning more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can continue to use this website to find answers to your questions. Through this website you can also arrange to have representatives from the Church come to your home, on your schedule, to talk with you about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and answer any questions that you haven't gotten a satisfactory answer for. Also, you can find the meeting house for the area that you live in and visit for worship services. The missionaries would also love to take you on a tour of the meeting house. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Brandon
 Our Heavenly Father has given us many ways to cultivate a strong relationship with Him. One is to talk with Him through sincere prayer. Another is to read His words which He has given to prophets both ancient and modern. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Brandon
A higher law states "thou shalt not kill." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds the position that abortion is an assault on the defenseless. Though some circumstances may allow for an abortion rape, incest, substantial danger to the mother's health, etc. it is not an end-all solution and even in those extreme situations should only be considered after one has prayed to God about it. No matter how you look at it, it is still murder. Show more Show less