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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a Born Again Latter-day Christian

About Me

I was born in Wisconsin and moved to California as a child. My father was a Greek immagrant from the island of Samos. My mother's family came from Sweden. In high school my passions were surfing, beach volleyball, and as hobbies I loved to draw and play guitar. I have made my career as an art director and graphic artist in the advertising industry. I owned and operated my own firm for about 20 years. I also enjoy photography. I recently changed my carrer and am a teacher at several community colleges and universities in Orange County, California. I am married to my best friend Bonnie and we are the parents of four really awesome children two boys and two girls and one exceptionally cute granddaughter! sorry for bragging! I still enjoy the beach, coaching volleyball, surfing, fly fishing, golf and ultimate frisbee.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad's faith began as Greek Orthodox and then later his mother became a four square gospel Christian minister which became the Bible based faith of my father. My mother was Lutheran by tradition. In my youth I attended a private Christian Academy in Los Angeles, CA. Once my sisters were old enough to understand things my parents sent the three of us down the street to a Seventh Day Adventist church on the corner each Saturday. It was within short walking distance from our home and the pastor there was a good man. Later when we moved to Newport Beach most of my friends were born again Christians and my best friend was a Jewish boy. This wide range of religious background taught me to appreciate good people of all faiths. In high school I met a girl who was a "Mormon". As I attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with her and other LDS teens I watched how the members interacted as families. Their devotion to the ideal that families are eternal and that God is literally our Father in heaven touched me deeply. After graduating, I decided to read the Book of Mormon and discovered that it truly was another witness that Jesus is the Christ. A short time after that I decided to travel to Salt Lake City to listen to the leaders of the Church whom my Mormon friends believed to be modern day apostles and prophets. I came home from that experience with a conviction that these men truly represented everything I believed Jesus would wish of His disciples just as in Bible times. Later I prayed to ask the Lord to confirm the truth of what I was learning and received an unmistakable witness that joining the Church would be right for me. This decision has been the most important and guiding decision of my life. Everything good in my life stems from my choice to be baptized as a Latter-day follower in the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Simply stated I do my best to live my faith by studying the life of Jesus Christ in the scriptures and then trying to follow His example. I believe that Jesus doesn't just want us to "believe" in Him but more importantly He wants us to "become" like Him. This is my goal and though I fall short in too many ways to count I am encouraged because I know in whom I follow and because of His loving grace and tender mercies I know He will make something out of me as I press forward in faith. My greatest joys come from serving my family, playing with my children and grandchildren. I love encouraging youth and young adults that they are important and have a bright future. I love playing sports, coaching volleyball, fly fishing, photography and enjoy being in nature.

In whom should we have faith?

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-dat Saints I believe in Jesus Christ and follow His teachings. Jesus taught that we must know the "only true God" if we are to one day have eternal life ( John 17:3). This makes sense to me because how else can we find our way home if we don't really know who God is or where we are to find Him?! When I was a child the kind pastors and priests of the various churches I attended taught me that God is a glorious infinite power which is incomprehensible. As a child praying to a "power" felt confusing and distant. "Mormons" believe that God is literally our "Father" in Heaven (Matthew 6:9). We believe God chose the title "Father" not to pacify us with a nice sounding metaphor but that in reality he is our Heavenly Father. The Bible teaches that God is the Father of our spirits and we are created in His image ( Genesis 1:27). We are His spirit offspring (Acts 17: 28-29) Knowing that God is truly my living, loving "Heavenly Father" has changed my life and relationship with Him. Our Father sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ to earth not only to be our Savior but to lead us to a knowledge of the true and living God. Prophets have testified that they have seen his "face", his "hand" and heard his "voice". Although I have not seen Him I know by experience that He lives in a very personal way. Pray to Him, ask Him who He is and He will tell you." No loving father would ever keep himself from his children! Show more Show less