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Hi I'm Brigham

I grew up in a small town in West Texas and am a father of four beautiful children, love to play tennis and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in West Texas as one of five children. Since leaving Texas years ago, I have lived in Argentina, Idaho, Utah, Ohio, Arizona, and Washington State. Now after many years, my wife, four children and I find ourselves back in the great state of Texas. I work in the biotech industry and enjoy traveling across the beautiful terrain found in Central and West Texas. A few years ago I began working towards a Master's degree in Organization Leadership at Gonzaga University. However, a recent job transfer and a new baby have temporarily halted that pursuit. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my family, running daily, playing tennis and just about any activity in the outdoors. Our oldest child keeps us on our toes and requires a bit more attention due to some very special needs. He is seven now but when he was born, we noticed that his life would be filled with unique challenges. He has been diagnosed with Autism, developmental delay and Cerebral Palsy to name a few. Together as a family we have been blessed by our son's challenges and gifts. We have three wonderful daughters that seem to be filled with an endless degree of interest and energy. While life is not without its many challenges, it is good and our beliefs provide a perspective that brings joy into our lives!

Why I am a Mormon

With a name like Brigham, I am often asked questions regarding the nature of this bizarre name. By the expression on their face, I sense that some wonder why in the world parents would give their child such a name. I understand how they feel and am anxious to tell them why. My parents always wanted me to have a name that would serve as a reminder of who I am and what I believe. Brigham Young was a Prophet of God in these last days just like Noah, Abraham, and Moses of the Old Testament. In fact, since the beginning of time, God has called Prophets as His mouthpiece (Amos 3:7). In this manner, our Father in Heaven communicates with His children and we can receive direction from Him. Some believe that this type of direct communication ended with the Apostles of the New Testament. It is true that after Christ's apostles were killed, there was a time of darkness and many of Christ's teaching became distorted. This period of darkness or apostasy led to the emergence of many churches. In time, God would once again restore both the truth in its entirety and the authority to perform sacred and essential ordinances that would enable His children to return to His presence. In the Spring of 1820, a young man by the name of Joseph Smith was confused and discouraged by many of the teachings professed by the religions of the day. While seeking for answers he read the fifth verse of the first chapter of James which states, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him". Joseph decided to do just that and one morning he went to a grove of trees to pray to God. God and His son Jesus Christ appeared to the boy Joseph. He was called to be a Prophet and the truth was restored once again. My name stems from Brigham Young who was called to be a Prophet shortly after Joseph died. I know that God continues to call Prophets today to lead and guide us.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ allows me to strive everyday to make the world a better place. In the Church, we are asked to serve in various positions with the intent of helping others to come unto Christ. We believe that each member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a unique duty to bear the burdens of others, share what we know, and serve those who are in need. Often times God uses us as instruments to answer the needs or prayers of another individual. The church affords me many opportunities to serve and for years I have enjoyed serving in the youth organization of the Church. The young people today face many challenges that test their sense of morality and the temptations of the world become evermore enticing. I have enjoyed many activities with these youth. My desire is to help them understand our purpose here in life. We are here to be tested, grow, and prepare ourselves to return to our Heavenly Father. In our quest, God has endowed us with many gifts including the gift of agency. Many young people feel that rules and commandments are restricting. Some resist these and use their agency to make choices that might produce a temporary high but ultimately bring misery. Contrary to this, I have witnessed many young people use their agency for good even when it means delaying immediate gratification and even when it is not the popular thing to do. This latter group learns that God's commandments are not constraining nor restricting, rather they bring a freedom--a freedom from sin, misery, guilt and sorrow. I am grateful for these opportunities to serve and to see the great strength of these valiant young people. They give me hope for the future and make me want to do and be a little better.