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Hi I'm Brian

I am Canadian. I'm a convert. I'm a returned missionary. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Banker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in London, Ontario. I joined the Latter-Day Saint Church while I was in high school. I made the decision while investigating the Church to serve a full-time mission. 14 months later I was called to serve in the Arkansas Little Rock Mission. Due to the growth of the Church in my mission area I was reassigned to the Birmingham Alabama mission. I am a husband. My beautiful wife Jil was born into the Church. She comes from a gospel centered home where simple faith in Jesus Christ and humble obedience continues to permeate her life. She served her mission in Brisbane Australia. What a great blessing it has been for us to be sealed as husaband and wife in the Edmonton, Alberta Temple of the Church. I am a father of two. Carter 5 yrs is our gregarious son and Lydia 3 yrs is our sugar and spice daughter. I love being a Dad. I have built my career in Banking where I began as a teller and have worked my way through the roles in Bank Branches. I have taken advantage of all training and developmental opportunities that have come along. The Prophet and Apostles of our Church have encouraged everyone to further their education. I recognized the need in my life to obtain formal business training. I went forward in faith an applied to an MBA program. My faith was required because I did not have an undergraduate degree. After participating in the program's retreat, orientation and classes for a few weeks, I finally received my acceptence. I have successfuly completed an MBA. I have recently accepted the role of Vice President. I love the Mormon life!

Why I am a Mormon

You could accurately say that my childhood was not preferred. I grew up in a home where alcohol took its toll. My father had an addictive personality. The worse choice he ever made was his first drink. He never stopped drinking the rest of his life. My mother made the key decision in her life to leave the marriage after 20 years. She raised five boys on her own. These two experiences had a direct impact on me! First, I made the decision that alcohol would not be a part of my life and second, I also recall thinking that when I got married it would be for as long as I could. It would be for forever. Both decisions lead me to be receptive to the gospel of Jesus Christ. When the missionaries taught me about the Word of Wisdom and how Latter-Day Saints commit to not partaking of drugs or alcohol, this teaching aligned with my personal commitment made years ago. Then the missionaries taught me about Eternal Families. I couldn't listen close enough or ask enough questions. I wanted to have the best marriage and family life I could with my wife and children. Although these teachings aligned and filled huge gaps in my life - this is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because the Missionaries do not just teach principles of the gospel. They extend commitments and give challenges. I was challenged by the missionaries to pray so I could know for myself that what they had taught me was true. I still recall the night I prayed. I remember sitting on my bed, closing my eyes and praying and asking Heavenly Father if what I was learning was true. I felt nothing. I sat and really tried to feel something. But nothing came. I prayed again. Still the same outcome. I then realized the seriousness of what I was praying about and that I was not humbling myself. I knelt at the side of my bed and I prayed with sincerety. After this prayer I sat on my bed and realized how good I felt about everything I was learning. I felt so good about who I was becoming. I felt so good about the knowledge I was gaining of both my Heavenly Father and my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I felt a closeness to them that I had never felt before. I then re-read Alma chapter 32. This was a chapter the Missionaries had challenged me to read about faith. I remember when I got to verse 16 where Alma states, "Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubborness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe." I made the choice to be baptized. Knowing that when I did I was also making the commitment to serve a full-time mission and get sealed in the temple. Shortly after being baptized I attended a Youth Conference in Toronto, Ontario. One of the youth speakers invited me to bear my testimony. When I walked up and stood infront of the youth who were there, I froze. I stood there for a while trying to gather my thoughts. Then I heard my prayer within me, "Heavenly Father, please bless just one person to know what I am saying is from my heart and is true." I then proceeded to testify to the truthfulnes of the things I had learned and was striving to live. After I sat down I wondered within myself if anyone felt my sincerety or could feel that what I had said was true? It was at that moment that my chest felt like it was on fire. It was like an intense heat from within. Difficult to describe. The one person Heavenly Father blessed to know, was me. That is why I am a Mormon. God answered my prayer. I felt something that is difficult to describe. I knew in my heart and in my mind that God had answered my prayer. God knows how I felt and I know that God knows that I know how I felt. I cannot deny it.

How I live my faith

In my personal life I try to put the Lord first every day. I start my day with prayer and then I study my scriptures. I study the scriptures for at least 30 minutes. Sometimes I get caught up and if I have time I can spend hours studying. At work I try hard to be Christlike. To be kind to others. To listen to others so I can best understand what I can do to help them. I take a positive approach to life and work hard to do my best at all times. At Church I have been blessed to serve with the Youth which helps keep me current and connected. We took a group of young men last winter on a winter camp. The focus of the camp was winter survival. So, we trained these young men how to survive. Needless to say, I learned much!! I have been so blessed as I have fulfilled my monthly assignment to visit with a few families to extend support and encouragement. I love these visits. I have been blessed to really get to know so many families. They have shared with me how they face their struggles in life and their joys. At home we work hard to have a Christ centered home. We pray every day with our children and each other. We read the scriptures with our children. My wife made the decision to help our children read the Book of Mormon before they are eight years old. We help our children read a verse for each year they are old, beginning at age three. Lydia is three and she reads three verses. Carter is five and he reads five verses. Let me qualify what we mean by reading - we read a few words and they repeat them. Although they cannot read the words themselves, yet, they have been blessed to have their vocabularies grow, feel the spirit of the Book of Mormon and learn about the stories of the Book of Mormon prophets. Of course reading will evolve as they develop the ability to read. Carter already recognizes quite a few words and can read them himself. Lydia is in 2 Nephi and Carter is into Alma. We are so proud of them. We also have our Family Home Evening. This is when we get together as a family and sing a hymn that the children choose. We then pray together. I read a chapter from the Book of Mormon reader written to help young children enjoy the scripture stories. We then have a quick lesson. Well, you know how children can be, short attention spans. We then have a treat, play a game, sing another hymn and then pray together as a family. Some of our favourite family home evenings include our friends. We try to invite another family to join us for dinner and family home evening once a month. We have so much fun!