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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a husband. I'm a student of Int'l Law. I'm a lover of art and music. My wife says I'm not as funny as I think, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending Law School after receiving a B.A. in International Relations and Russian. I love everything about Eastern Europe and studying cultures in general. It is so interesting to me why people do the things that they do and what makes them tick. I am studying to use my love for Eastern Europe and Int'l relations in my private practice of the law. Why a lawyer? Because I want to be able to help people in a way that they can't help themselves. I love to be the person that people go to when they have questions and I love the feeling that comes with helping people in any way. So if you have any questions about anything, please seek me out. I am also a newlywed and learning what it means to be a husband, but it's not that hard when I realize that it's a lot like being a best friend. I love my wife and look forward to eternity with her.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I want to draw myself as close to God as I can and this has proven to be the church for that. This church proves that God not only still loves us but plays an active role in our lives. How amazing is that? How amazing is it that God, the Lord Omnipotent, our Eternal Father in Heaven loves us so much that He STILL guides us just as He did for His people of old. It only makes sense that He would continue to give us information that would continually guide us. But, my membership in the church and my decision to take 2 years of my life and dedicate it to the service of God did not come because someone told me it was true. Well someone did..God Himself. I know that may sound strange, but when I was 15 I had a question. Is this church actually true? Because if it wasn't, I was sure wasting a lot of time. I knew what I could do to get an answer. I could read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. Because if the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith truly was a Prophet called of God in modern times, and if he truly is a prophet then that means that he really was commanded by God to restore His church to the Earth and that means that there is a prophet on the Earth today. A lot was riding on this simple question. I read the book. I read it from cover to cover doing my best to absorb every verse. I vividly remember the night that I finished reading the Book of Mormon. It was late, well for a 15-year-old, and I read the last chapter where a challenge is given to pray about the Book and just ask God. I closed the cover after reading the last verse, got on my knees, and plead with my God to know if it was true. Such a strong feeling came over me that I can't even describe other that saying it felt like pure love and joy that can only come from God. I knew in my heart and in my mind that it was true and have not wavered from that for I cannot. I love that this church does not require anyone to take anything on faith but allows you to find out for yourself

How I live my faith

I live my faith by everyday praying that I can be an instrument in God's hands and to become an answer to someone else's prayer. I have been blessed so much with happiness and joy that all I want to do is give back. I do my best to be sensitive to the Spirit of God and discern the needs of others so that I can help them spiritually or even with everyday issues. I do this because I understand that every person around me is a child of God and God would want to help them personally and He does, often by sending other children.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Why do we perform baptisms for the dead? Because everyone deserves a chance to be saved. We read in the Gospels as well as throughout the New Testament and Book of Mormon that Baptism is essential to salvation. But what about those people who weren't baptized? What about those who never had the chance? Should they be denied the opportunity to be saved because of where they were born, or the time period in which they were born? God loves all of His children and because He loves them He wants them to have the same opportunities we have. But since baptism must be done in the flesh, the only way that our ancestors can be baptized is if we help them. For this purpose, we are baptized for the dead. Now of course, God respects agency. If the baptism for someone is done on earth, they, in the spirit world, have the opportunity to accept or reject this baptism. They can say, no thank you. So why do we perform baptisms for the dead? Because God loves His children, and so do we. Show more Show less