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Hi I'm Brian

I am a computer scientist researching computer vision. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a beautiful wife and a young daughter. I recently graduated with a PhD in computer science and am working as a post-doc researching computer vision. I enjoy spending time with family, playing board games, reading, camping and hiking, and watching movies. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born to parents in the Church who love the gospel and taught it to me when I was young. So you could say that I was raised Mormon. Even with my upbringing, it is important for everyone to gain their own conviction of the truth of the gospel. When I was a teenager, I had an experience when I came to realize when the gospel and my Savior meant to me. I was listening to church hymns and meditating, and a strong impression came to me that I should find a journal that I had been given years before (and which was gathering dust) and write in it. I decided to do so, but I really didn't know what to right about. At that time my mind turned to the gospel. I didn't feel then that my beliefs and convictions in the gospel were very strong. I went to write that I believed in Jesus Christ, but my mind stopped mid-way through the sentence. It was at that moment that I realized how deeply my faith ran, the Holy Spirit testified to the truth of the gospel powerfully in my heart. I came to learn that I really did know that Jesus is the Christ and that I belonged to His church. I have had many experiences since then that have strengthened my faith and brought me closer to Christ.

How I live my faith

I believe that those who have faith will live the gospel, and it will show in their lives. I try to live my faith by obeying God's commandments and loving and serving others. I also serve in the church. Since the Church does not have a paid clergy, church members get the opportunity to serve in the church. I was recently called to be the bishop's secretary. I schedule his appointments and create agenda's for meetings. Before that, I was a Sunday school teacher for teenagers.

How does the Church finance its operations?

 The Church finances its operations through voluntary tithes and offerings. The Lord has commanded that we give a "tithe" or tenth part of all we earn to the Lord to support His work. For example, Abraham paid his tithes to Melchizedek in Genesis 14 v. 18-20. The Lord has promised that He will open the heavens and pour blessings upon those who pay a tithe in Malachi 3 v. 8-10 .  Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

One of the best ways to come to know our Father in Heaven is through prayer. We can and should pray to our Father regularly. We should tell Him about our lives, our difficulties and struggles, and our accomplishments. We should thank Him for all the many blessings He has given us. We should ask Him for help. As we pray, we can feel the Spirit of God communicate to our souls the love of God, and it will help align our lives with His will. Another good way is to read the scriptures. The scriptures contain many of the words that God has given to His children and reading them will help us to learn more about Him. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

The majority of customs that Mormons follow are the same as those around them. For example, American Mormons celebrate American holidays, Japanese Mormons celebrate Japanese holidays, Brazilian Mormons celebrate Brazilian holidays, etc. The Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter are emphasized. There are a few general differences, though. We believe that modesty is important and so we wear modest clothing meaning generally shorts or skirts that come down near the knee, shirts that would be appropriate for work, etc. Mormons don't drink alcohol, coffee, or tea and don't smoke. Mormons also believe in keeping the Sabbath day holy, and so we may refrain from participating in certain activities on Sundays that we do on other days of the week. There are no strict rules on what we can and cannot do on Sundays though. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No, it does not. In fact, every election the Church sends out a letter encouraging members to vote but that very clearly and strongly reminds member that the Church does not endorse any political party or candidate. That being said, the Church takes a stand on moral issues and will even do so politically when necessary.  Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of holy scripture just like the Bible. It was written by prophets who lived somewhere in the Americas from around 600BC to 400AD. These prophets were just like the prophets from the Jerusalem - they spoke with God, received revelations from Him, and taught the word of God to the people. They also wrote their revelations and life experiences down like the prophets from the Bible. Because of this, the Book of Mormon acts as a second witness that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of the Living God. By reading the Book of Mormon, we can learn more about our Father in Heaven and His will for us. Show more Show less