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Hi I'm Brady

I was born in Utah, raised a Florida boy, and I crave to take in the world around me. I love to live, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a humor loving high school student and i am glad to finally be graduating. I will be attending a college in the Midwest starting this June and I am very excited to be opening up a new chapter in my life. I love to work and I enjoy putting forth physical effort in both sports and labor. I enjoy playing basketball, football, and soccer as well as other games like ultimate Frisbee and dodge ball or "sting" as I’ve always called it. I am a self-taught classical guitarist and I love to sing, listen to, and preform music. I have learned to love the beach but truly look forward to the day when i can live in New England. I love to travel although I don't get to do so very much and one day I hope to be able to see many nations and countries all over the world. 

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I've missed what probably amounts to a grand total of ten days of Sunday Church in my entire life. I live, breathe, and love the "cultural experience" of being a Latter Day Saint and from the time I turned eight to around my seventeenth birthday I would have to be honest and say that my involvement with the Church had a lot to do with the people in it and the lifestyle I lived because of it, and not as much to do with my self-recognized testimony of the Gospel of Christ. However, due to events that occurred shortly after my seventeenth birthday and around Easter of 2010, I finally realized why it really is that I choose to be a Mormon. At the time I was feeling very much that I had no real testimony of my own and that I had been living off of the "borrowed light" of my parents, leaders, and close friends. I felt as though I was a member in activity but not fully one in my heart. I didn't know if I had a testimony of The Truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, but I decided that I was going to find out. With the assistance of my church leaders and through the example of my parents, I began to realize through prayer and scripture study that the testimony I felt that I was lacking had really been there all along. The Savior had been, and still is, guiding me every step of the way since birth. His love and kindness buoyed up my parents as they strived to raise me as a young child. His bestowal of the Gift of the Holy ghost upon after I was baptized at age eight protected and guided me into and still through my teenage years. His commandments and the Aaronic Priesthood gave me a strong sense of moral duty as well as deep bonds with both my home and ward families. I had learned the basics of how to serve, love, teach, learn, listen, share, and be a disciple of the Savior without even recognizing it. I truly did have angels surround me at all times in the form of caring leaders who gently pushed me and pulled me in the directions I should go. Christ had literally carried me through my short life up to that point and i knew it. I could feel a burning appreciation for all that he had done to get me to where I was and I finally knew why I was a Mormon. I knew that Christ was my personal savior and that I needed him every single day for more reasons than I was even aware of. Once I recognized my testimony for what it was I felt as though my actions in the Church were finally not just actions. They were a part of who i was. I am active in the Church because I have a Testimony of the Doctrine of Christ as restored through Joseph Smith Jr. I am active in the Church because I love the joy and peace that comes from righteous living and through quiet service in the Kingdom of God on the Earth today. I am a Mormon because I know deep down inside my soul that Christ lives, that he loves me, and that he is my savior who is presently and actively guiding my life back towards the Father in the eternities. I know this to be true, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.   

How I live my faith

 I attempt to live my faith in every aspect of my life. Every single morning I wake up early to attend a scripture study class at my church building. Every Sunday I attend at least three hours of Services depending on the demands of the various responsibilities I have. I currently hold two different "callings" or volunteer positions within my congregation or "ward" and I have grown to love the people in my congregation through my service to them. As fulling as church service is I feel that it is much more rewarding to live my faith in places that are away from other members of the LDS Church. While I am at school or out in the community I rarely am in a situation where there are at most two or three Mormons in the room. I love using this as an opportunity to share what I believe with those who aren’t of my faith. I find ways to mention fun things I did at my church or comment on how cool a certain aspect of my faith is with someone who may not know much about it. I also love to listen to other people talk about their religion and a like having non-confrontational conversations about the similarities and differences between my faith and the other persons beliefs. I just like finding ways to talk about my Church because I love it so much and I think that it’s sad that many people don't know a whole lot about the Mormons as a people, as well as a Religion.  

Are Mormons Christians?

Brady
The full name of our church is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints". We are, and always have been Christian. "Mormon" was originally a misplaced nickname used for our church by those not of our faith. They took the name of one of our books of scripture, "The Book of Mormon", and used the word Mormon as a way to describe a member of our church. Over time we have adopted the title and most people now know us as "The Mormon Church" or "The Mormons" even though our church really isn’t named that. All doctrine, authority, and organization within our Church are under the direction of Jesus Christ. We are most definitely Christian and without the Savior we would cease to be a church. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Brady
"Every worthy young man should serve a mission." All young men in their late teens to early twenties are asked to serve a mission and it is considered for them a commandment from The Lord. Young women of the same age are welcome to choose to do so as well but are not obligated to. While a mission is a religious obligation for male members, there is no "punishment" or negative action from the Church towards members who choose not to go. It is a personal choice because the commandment to serve is an individual one and not a sweeping mandate or order. Those who choose not to serve may find, however, that the blessings they missed and the service opportunity they gave up by choosing not to serve would have been highly beneficial to their growth and spiritual development. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Brady
The family is the center unit of life on earth as well as life in Heaven. The whole point of our existance is to "grow up", so to speak, so we can be like our Father in Heaven as part of a part of a great, Eternal family in Heaven. 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?

Brady
Temples aren’t secret, they are sacred. We don't refer to the things that go on inside the temple out of respect for the sacredness that they contain. Only members who are interviewed and are living their lives faithfully care given a “Temple Recommend” which gives them access to the inside of the Temple. Just as Jerusalem and other Holy cities are "Sacred Ground" for various faiths, the LDS faith feels just as protective and respectful towards the Temple as it is our most sacred or holy place. Inside the Temples we preform ordinance work such as baptism for those who have passed on and cannot participate directly in the ordinance work. They don't have bodies so it’s kind of hard for them to be baptized or married. This is called proxy work and it’s a huge part of linking everyone together for Eternity. Temples are sacred, joyful places where everyone has a smile and the Spirit is so strong that you can feel it surround you. I love going to the temple. Visit the grounds of one if you get the chance, it’s a wonderful experience. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Brady
 Pray. He is trying to speak to you but he can't get very far with it if the conversation is only one way. Prayer shows him that you are willing to listen to what he has to say to you and lets the conversation progress beyond gentle nudges of the spirit that you may or may not recognize. Show more Show less