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Hi I'm Brian Palmer

I'm into physics and astronomy. I love to camp, hike, x-country ski, and most of all, hang out with my family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad and a grandfather. I have five wonderful children, the youngest is in college. I work as a programmer/analyst and project manager for a medical device company in Denver, Colorado. I love reading about astronomy and science discoveries. I love to camp, ski, cross-country ski, bike, read books, and watch a good movie with my family. My family means the world to me! I grew up in Denver, and moved to Alberta, Canada when I was 16. I spent 12 years in Canada, and that's where I learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and joined it. I served a mission for the Church in Belgium, and became fluent in Dutch. I graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Chemical Engineering, but graduated just as the oil industry went through a major bust, so I got a job with IBM, and have worked in the IT industry ever since. My specialty for a while was designing plant floor data collection systems for FDA compliance, but have since broadened my area of expertise to supporting any software that requires FDA validation.

Why I am a Mormon

The LDS Church was the only place I could find satisfying answers to my "questions of the soul" - If God is Lord of the whole Earth, why did he only speak to people in Israel, and How can God be just and loving if he requires everyone to be baptized to enter into heaven - what about all the people in China and India that will never have that opportunity? Life is the greatest science experiment, and the experiment is to find out what makes us happy. The LDS Church has blessed me in so many ways, but peace and happiness is one of the greatest blessings I've enjoyed. I joined the Church at 16, and it was one of the most important decisions I ever made. The gospel blesses famliies, and happiness truly is found in happy families. When the missionaries taught me at age 16, they told me there were hundreds of churches that all professed to have the truth, and they were just one more. They told me that only God knew which one was true, and that I needed to ask God which one that was. They challenged me to read the Book of Mormon, and muster up as much skepticism as possible, and then to ask God if the book was true, or a fraud. As I read it then, and scores of times since, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that it is truly another scripture and testament of the Savior Jesus Christ. I was amazed that the Lord answered my humble prayer, and confirmed that this was His Church. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It is not just a poor imitation of the Bible. It contains hundreds of plain and precious truths that the Bible does not. As a wise man once said, referring to this book: 'A good man wouldn't write such a book, and evil man couldn't write it - it must be true!'

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a bishop of an LDS congregation. I am not paid for my service, which is often takes 12-20 hours of my free time each week. I did not volunteer for this assignment, but was called of God, as were the apostles of old. I will serve for about five or six years, then another person will be called. It is a humbling experience, and I'm thankful for the trust put on me.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Brian Palmer
Absolutely. Like Moses, he speaks for God, and blesses us with his counsel. Like Moses, they have their faults and failings, but compared to most men, all would agree they are truly men of God. They warn us and lift us. They edify us and call us to repentance. And they do it with perfect love, and in such a way that you can't wait to get started! They do see the future, and warn us and instruct us how to prepare. Let me share but one example: About 100 years ago, in 1915, Joseph F. Smith, then prophet of the church, encouraged a church-wide practice of a weekly "Family Home Evening". Family Home Evening was described as a time set apart for "prayer ... hymns ... family topics ... and specific instruction on the principles of the gospel." Church members are still encouraged to hold Family Home Evening. I suppose that back in 1915, the prophet could have said 'the day will soon come when more than half of people will live together rather than getting married, and of those that do get married, more than half will get divorced...' But what good would that do? It would just cause fear and despair for the future. Instead, he and his successors told us what we needed to do to prepare, and gave us a generation or two to practice so that it was established culture before the tsunami hit. What a blessing it is to have a living prophet. All their counsel strengthens families, and help us be happy. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Brian Palmer
One of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon says that "all things denote there is a God, yea even the earth... and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator" (Alma 30:44). Here are my top five ways I know there is a God: 5. The beauty of the Earth. Look at photos from Mars and other planets. It's pretty boring and bleak. The Earth was made beautiful for us by a loving Heavenly Father. From just the geography, to raspberries, flowers, flowing streams, snow, clouds, the blue sky - it all testifies that there is a God. 4. The planets regular orbits. Over 2,000 exoplanets have been discovered so far, and none have the nearly circular orbits found in our solar system. Truly even the regular orbits of the planets testify that there is a God! 3. Our conscience - God calls it the Light of Christ. If there really is a loving Heavenly Father, wouldn't He give us a way to know He exists? Wouldn't He give some way of knowing how we can be happiest, and also give us a compass that will lead us back to Him? Well, He did just that - our conscience testifies that there is right and wrong, good and evil, moral absolutes. 2. The Bible. The Bible is a witness that God exists, and that Jesus is the Christ. 1. The Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a second witness that Jesus is the Christ. The Book of Mormon is powerful scripture and I feel the Spirit witness to me with every page that it is true. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Brian Palmer
The Church as established by Jesus Christ ceased to exist within a couple hundred years of his death: Apostles no longer lead the Church, and many basic beliefs were changed. Bible history shows a repeating pattern of God calling a prophet, establishing a "church", and then the light of faith almost going out: Only eight people recognized Noah as a prophet. God called Moses to be a prophet because no one believed in God, not even the Israelites. Few recognized John the Baptist and Jesus as prophets. Before John the Baptist, the last recorded prophet in the Old Testament was Malachi who lived about 400 years before the birth of Christ. Can you see the pattern of falling away and restoration? Have you ever wondered why there are so many Christian religions, and why they all believe so many slightly different things? What about the bad example of some Christian Churches and their ministers? These are all clear evidence that yet another falling away has occurred. If there has been another falling away since the time of Christ and His Apostles, what would God do, following the pattern found in the Bible? Call another prophet. And that is precisely what He has done. Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. In subsequent years, Christ restored His priesthood and reorganized His Church. He has continued to reveal truths to His prophets and to restore the blessings that were taken from the earth for a time. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Brian Palmer
No! - the practice ended in 1890, over 120 years ago. I'm a convert, but my wife had several ancestors who practiced polygamy, and it was nothing at all like what you read about in the news today. For starters, it was an assignment, or calling, and the men resisted the practice, and generally, the women said 'this is what the Lord wants us to do', and got behind the practice. Still, it was a very difficult life to live. Among my wife's ancestors the pattern of polygamy generally fell into one of two camps: either the wives lived in completely different towns, or they were biological sisters who were thrilled to live under the same roof. It was a very, very difficult practice to live. In "Roughing It", Mark Twain tells the story of traveling to Utah, and getting into a heated discussion with a Mormon over polygamy. The Mormon said something like 'oh yeah! just show me anywhere in the Bible which forbids the practice. In fact, what you'll find is quite the opposite - Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon all had more than one wife - show me one verse in the Bible that forbids polygamy', to which Mark Twain quipped 'The Good Lord Himself said 'no man can serve two masters!''. Show more Show less