Friday, July 10, 2015

Called to Serve

Elder Braden Micah Jeppson was born in Salt Lake City, UT.  As a baby he was known throughout the ward as the ‘peace whisperer’.  Whoever held him would feel his calming spirit and it would bring calm among the person.  He has kept that gift throughout his life.  His friends, co-workers, teachers, church leaders, peers and family members all have felt at different times in their life Braden’s  natural calming influence.  He has the ability to love and he is now going to bring that gift to the people of Long Island and Bermuda, which are in the New York, New York South Mission.

Braden is the second child of five.  Born to Brad and Holley Jeppson.  His older sister, Lindsey served in the Mesa Temple Visitors Center, Speaking Spanish.  She returned home October 2014.  He also has two younger brothers Taylor (16) and Brycen (11) and one younger sister, McKinsey (14).

Braden was invited to play on a primer competition soccer team when he was 8 and played on that team for four years.  At the end of the four years he wanted to try football and had three successful years, but then discovered his true love – GOLF.  Golf has been Braden’s focus for the past four years.  He has worked at River Oaks and played for the Herriman High School.  He was MVP his Sophomore year and team Captain his Senior Year.  Golf taught him perseverance, focus, leadership, team work, endurance, and positive self talk and confidence.  The skills he learned in golf will benefit him greatly on his mission.

After his mission, he is plans on attending SUU and hoping to be on their golf team, as well as pursuing a degree in business marketing.

In February, 2015, Braden received his call to serve as a full time missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He was assigned to labor in the New York, New York South Mission speaking English. 

When Braden opened his call he was in a little bit of a daze, but after everybody left and he was alone a few hours later he felt the spirit of truth testifying that he knew the people of New York is where he was suppose to be.  He felt that there were people there that he had made promises to and from that moment on felt the motivation to prepare and serve.

Braden Jeppson reports to the Provo Missionary Training Center July 8, 2015.

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