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Hi I'm Brian

I am a third generation Veteran of the US Military. I was a missionary in Korea. I'm a security specialist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 5 children. I have been a wrestling coach and football coach at various levels, including high school. I am a professional photographer, most recently photographing high school sporting events. I served in the Air Force, spent 15 years as a security contractor for the Navy, and am now a cyber security specialist in the nuclear industry. I have been a life-long learner, meaning that I still go to college classes more than 25 years after first starting college because I enjoy the feeling of learning. I enjoy sailing, camping in tents, fishing, and being in the outdoors. I feel a personal calling and responsibility to teach others about security and situational awareness, and have a passion for being a sheepdog to protect the flock. I am a firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, and started an LLC focused on safety and security assessments, emergency preparedness, and situational awareness. I am an Eagle Scout, and still use the Scout Oath and Law as my own personal values statement. I love to watch college football and just about any high school sports. I have 5 amazing children who make me proud of them everyday. I love being alive, and experiencing life, and seeing the beauty that is all around me. I am a patriot and believe in doing my duty to God and my country.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors converted to the gospel in the early days of the church, having known and been friends with Joseph Smith. They followed the Saints from Kirtland, Ohio, to Nauvoo, Illinois, and then crossed the plains to Utah with the handcart companies. My fourth great grandfather died crossing the plains in Iowa, and his daughter died on the banks of the river across from Nauvoo after being driven from their home. I was raised as a Mormon, and that was the way I lived as a youth, never doubting that all I had been taught about the church was true. I have met and shook hands with prophets of God. When I was 18 years old, I decided I really needed to know for myself whether all that I had been taught were true. I studied the Book of Mormon, and knew that it was true. I realized that this book confirmed and validated all that I knew from the Bible, and that its' existence proved that Jesus Christ is the very Son of God, and that He was resurrected after death to provide each of us a way to return to our Heavenly home. Even before I asked in prayer if the Book of Mormon was true, I knew it with all my heart. I chose to serve my Savior, Jesus Christ representing Him as a missionary, where I was able to introduce the Book of Mormon to others, share my testimony of its' truthfulness, and show them how they could know for themselves if it were true or not. I have felt the power of the atonement of the Savior in my life, as I have repented of my sins, and gone forward with faith to serve Him to the best of my abilities. I know that through serving my fellowman, I am serving my Lord, and as I live my life trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ, I feel the spirit of the Holy Ghost near me, confirming truth, and strengthening my testimony of Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and Redeemer; my brother; my friend.

How I live my faith

I love Scouting and working with the young men's program. I have been involved in various positions in the Boy Scouts of America my entire adult life, currently serving as a Cubmaster and Assistant Council Commissioner with responsibility as the LDS/BSA Liaison in our Council. I spend much of my time working with other leaders and teaching them how to be a Scouter. I have been on staff for adult leadership training, attended Woodbadge, and served on Cedar Badge National Youth Leadership Training staff with my son. I have been the stake young men's president for several years, and now serve on the stake high council with responsibility for missionary work, and safety and security. My passion for the gospel comes out when I interact with the youth of the church, and try to encourage them to reach their potential, and help to provide them with experiences that will develop and strengthen their testimonies, develop their character and teach them to make a difference in the world.