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Hi I'm Brian

I am a physician assistant, a musician, an artist, a health nut, a father, a husband, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married since 2005. We have 2 girls so far. We hope to have more kids in the future. We just bought our first home. I am a physician assistant, and I work in family practice. My hobbies include listening to music, playing guitar, producing music on my computer, drawing, painting, stop motion film making, fitness, skatebording, snowboarding, watching basketball, playing with the cat, rock tumbling, and reading. I don't have a lot of time for my hobbies as we have two young children and a new home. I have a four-year degree in Biology with a minor in chemisty, and I have a Master's degree in Health Science. I am an eagle scout. I served a mission for my church in the Philippines where I taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Tagalog Language. I am very interested in Asia, and I would love to go back some day.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church. I am the youngest of six kids, and we are all active in our church now. However, as a teenager, I struggled with my belief in God, and I did not follow any of God's commandments at that time. However, I was blessed to have some good Mormon roommates during my freshman year of college. They did not judge me or tell me what to do, but they were just really good examples to me. Their example helped me to understand that the gospel is not so restricting as I once believed it was. I liked the idea of being an atheist and not having to answer to God, and I felt like I could just do whatever I wanted. But I noticed that my roommates had something so sweet in their lives, and I knew that I was missing out. At that time, I was really struggling with what I believed, and I came to a point were I just had to know if God really existed. So, I experimented with prayer. I knelt down at my living room couch, and I asked God if He was real and if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was His true and only church. My prayer was answered at that time, and the answer was so strong that it brought me to tears. I had a thought enter my mind telling me that I had always known that God lived, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His true and only church, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that I needed to serve a mission. That was my turning point, and I have never doubted since. I ended up serving a Mission for the church in the Philippines, and that is were my understanding of the gospel grew larger. I am so grateful for prayer and the fact that Heavenly Father answers our sincere prayers. I think that it was a miracle that I would even experiment with prayer. It truly is a miracle that we can be forgiven of our sins through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

First off, I am not perfect at living my faith. I still make mistakes and sin all the time. So, I live my faith by depending on the Atonement of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of my sins. However, I also live my faith by praying, reading scriptures, attending church meetings, paying 10 of my income to the church law of tithing, teaching my children the gospel, serving others, treating others with respect and kindness, participating in ordinances in the Temple, receiving the sacrement weekly, avoiding illicit drugs & alcohol & coffee, living the law of chastity, avoiding pornography, and pretty much living the 10 commandments. I have also held responsibilities within the church otherwise known as a calling such as teaching Sunday school, being a leader for the young men, and being a leader for the middle aged men. Being part of "leadership" requires planning church lessons, wednesday night activities, weekend activities, etc. I have participated in community service projects. Like I mentioned above, I am not always perfect in keeping the commandments, but I do not allow that to be an excuse for sin. I strive to make myself better and seek forgiveness daily, and I rely on Christ's atonement to make up for my mistakes.