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Hi I'm Brother B

I'm a husband, father, and grandfather; retired statistician & university professor, and I have the best dogs ever. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married the love of my life in 1985 in the Salt Lake Temple. She has been my best friend, confidant, promoter, and critic through the years. No one could ever receive more love, faith, and support than I have received from her. We have 1 son and 3 daughters. Our son and his wife have 3 sons and 1 daughter. Our oldest daughter was recently married to a fantastic young man who is a great addition to our family. I also have the world's 2 greatest dogs: Jäger (the German word for “hunter”) and Sammler (the German word for “gatherer”). Both are 5 year old German Shorthair Pointers. I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2 days before my 9th birthday. I had no religious teaching before joining the church. I hold a B.S. degree in psychology and a minor in sociology, and a Ph.D. degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology. My doctoral specialization is Instructional Design and Technology with a sub-specialty in Educational Measurement and Statistics. I also have received a post-doctoral certificate in Large-scale Educational Assessment. I am a disabled U.S. Navy veteran with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. I am a retired educational statistician and professor of educational technology at our local state university. My passions include my family, piano, & dogs; sports, backpacking, fishing, birdwatching, gardening, jazz and classical music, and pottery.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Christian. Let there be no misunderstanding: I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept Him as my Savior and Redeemer. I am a Mormon-Christian because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me learn more about Jesus and and better understand His teachings. The more I know and understand about Jesus the better I am able to follow His example and do the things He does. The better I am able to follow and emulate Jesus, my life becomes more full, rewarding, and satisfying. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not detract from any aspect of any person's knowledge and understanding of Jesus. Indeed, rather than asking anyone to give up their current beliefs, the church invites all to bring their knowledge and build upon it to enjoy His gospel more fully.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ has led me to engage in a variety of activities. I have served in several leadership positions in the church, but what I like the most is teaching others about our Savior: I will go anywhere anytime to talk to anyone about Jesus. I have had the blessing of teaching Sunday School for all age groups at one time or another. I was in the military when I was the usual age of a full-time missionary, but had the opportunity to work with missionaries around the world – including teaching people with whom I could not communicate verbally because I could not speak their language (but everyone in every culture understands a smile, a laugh, friendliness and love, and feeling the Spirit). I have had the blessing of being able to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 18 different countries. My faith has given me one of the greatest opportunities of my entire life: I was able to work as a chapel volunteer for the state prison system for 5 years. I taught 3 religion classes each week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. This was rewarding work that I enjoyed very much. I became extremely attached to my inmate students and have been able to stay in contact with many of them. Faith in Jesus and obedience to His Gospel guides (not governs!) all aspects of my life. I have often heard the phrase, “What Would Jesus Do?” belittled as cliché. However, as I have come to know Jesus Christ I have learned that emulating Him will always bring me happiness in every case.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Brother B
There is nothing “secret” about the temple or anything that happens in the temples. In temples, faithful members of the church participate in ordinances that unite families for the eternities and receive the instruction needed to return to our Heavenly Father. So, why are only Mormons – and not all Mormons – allowed to enter the temple? Let me explain by using my professional work as an example: I taught graduate-level statistics at our local university. No one can simply walk into my class and have any hope of understanding anything that is going on. Students must have a working knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus before beginning a study of advanced statistical modeling and analysis. Without a proper foundation, students will be completely lost and frustrated by the experience. On the other hand, with adequate instruction and ability, students receive useful knowledge and experience that will further their progress in their careers. The activities in the temple are the highest level of Mormon doctrines. And, just as an unprepared student will be completely lost in an advanced statistics course, an unprepared believer, Mormon or not, will be completely lost and frustrated by the temple experience. Non-Mormons and new members of the church receive a proper foundation through meeting with the missionaries and fully participating in church services and activities before beginning to prepare to attend the temple. Show more Show less