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Hi I'm Brian

I write software and paint paintings. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work in the information technology industry, writing software that helps computers speak to blind people. My wife and I live in Minnesota and have raised five children. I love genealogical research. When I find time, I draw and paint. My favorite subjects are Minnesota scenery and Mormon Temples. 

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon, and I was raised in the church. I was happy to participate in youth activities, and felt the care and interest of good adults in my congregations. When I was 18, I determined to find out for myself if it was all true. I read the Book of Mormon, cover to cover, and then prayed about its truthfulness. I received a witness that it was the word of God. This gave me courage and confidence to be a Missionary for the church for two years in Denmark. I saw many answers to prayer and small miracles that strengthened by belief in God and the truth of the LDS church. Since then, I married, finished school, took employment and raised a family. I continued to serve in the church in different assignments, often with the youth, often in leadership. I have seen many more answers to prayers and small miracles which give me confidence this is the right path.

How I live my faith

I pray and read scriptures daily, and attend church each week. I try to be good father and husband. I try to be kind to my neighbors. I strive to be like Christ in my personal interactions with people. I serve in leadership over 12 congregations. I train other leaders, and visit, speak and teach gospel principles to members of these congregations. I help provide many larger faith-based activities each year for the teens. I meet and counsel with other area leaders.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Brian
The battle against pornography must be fought on three fronts: yourself, your family and your community. Purify yourself. It must not be part of you. Viewing pornography has no place in the life of a son of God. Keep it from your mind and your heart. See women as daughters of God, whom he loves. Yet, you may feel tempted. Seek help if you feel weak or are addicted, which may require professional help. Protect your family. Put filtering on your computers. Teach modesty, privacy, and the sanctity of procreation. Set up public places in the home for any media which has potential for evil contents. Agree on family rules concerning use and teach that family rules apply when outside of the home, as well. Influence your community. We must speak up against this evil. Television, radio, print and web all have a way to make public input. Speak out against clear cases of indecency. Pay attention in schools where indecency may appear under the guise of psychology, diversity, or art. Work directly with teachers and principles to provide alternatives. By working to stem the tide of this pernicious evil, we can create places of safety and establish boundaries of decency that will raise the standards of the community. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Brian
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has not practiced plural marriage for over 120 years. To understand why we did so long ago, see the answer to the question: “Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?” In 1890, God revealed that plural marriage should cease. Anyone currently practicing plural marriage is excommunicated from the Church. Some reports and popular fiction still connect Mormons and polygamy. This a common misconception. A few prior members of the church, thinking polygamy was more important that following God’s revelations through the leadership of the church, created their own churches in which the practice of plural marriage continued. These small splinter sects, sometimes still refer to themselves as Mormons. However, they are in no way connected to the 13 million member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To be clear: today we teach and practice that God’s law is one marriage between one man and one woman. We have not practiced polygamy for over 120 years. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Brian
It is true that over 120 years ago, members of the church practiced plural marriage (marriage to more that one wife). At the time, it was a commandment based on revelation from God to his prophet. God has at times through history approved plural marriage. This is seen in the scriptures. God approved Abraham to have more than one wife (Gen 16:3; Gen 26:5), Jacob/Israel also (Gen 29,30), as well as David (1 Sam 18:27, 25:42-43, 2 Sam 5:13). (David’s sin was Bathsheba, not the other wives God had given him. See 2 Sam 11:27, 12:1-9.) In 1890, God revealed that plural marriage should cease. At the time, the laws had changed, and it became illegal in the United States to have more than one wife. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has not practiced plural marriage since that time. Anyone currently practicing plural marriage is excommunicated from the Church. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Brian
The law of chastity might also be spoken of as sexual purity. It is that the use of sexual power must be kept within the bounds that God has set. These bounds are that sexual intimacy is only righteously expressed within a marriage between a man and a woman. Sexual expression before marriage is unchaste and immoral. Once married, God expects complete physical and emotional fidelity with ones' spouse. Sexual expression with those of the same gender is also unchaste and immoral. Self stimulation, pornography, and other lewd behavior are sexually impure and are not chaste. Sexual expression within marriage is a beautiful thing which draws a husband and a wife together and strengthens marriage. It should be kept private and personal. This is chastity. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Brian
Do you know any members of the church? Ask them. If you prefer a little more anonymity, go to www.mormon.org which is more for visitors, or www.lds.org which is more for members. All the scriptures, the doctrine, the magazines, and the curriculum are there. If you want to chat with someone anonymously, www.mormon.org has a Chat Online link where you can ask questions. Visit any church service on Sunday at a local chapel. Look up chapels and times as www.mormon.org, link Visit Us - Worship with Us.   Show more Show less