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Hi I'm Brian

My beautiful wife and I have four busy children. I am an accountant and enjoy playing basketball, golf, and being outdoors.

About Me

I grew up near Boise, Idaho where I spent a lot of time in the outdoors camping, snow and water skiing, and playing basketball. I was very involved in Boy Scouts of America and had wonderful committed leaders who helped me develop a strong work ethic, recognize others' needs, and understand how to be a leader. I used all of these skills when I served a two year mission in the Philippines. I met my wife, Jessica, after my mission while we were attending Rick College (now BYU-Idaho). We later transferred to BYU in Provo, UT where I studied accounting. After graduation we moved to Arizona where I started working for an international accounting firm. I have worked for one of the "Big Four" accounting firms for 10 years now. I have found that balancing family (we now have four children), church (I am now one of the scout/youth leaders and hope I can make as big a difference in the life of a young man that my youth leaders did for me), and work can be a challenge. As if we weren't busy enough I decided to go back to school at ASU to get my graduate degree in business. I couldn't do the things I do without a loving and supporting wife, trying to stay focused, and relying upon Jesus Christ for strength and direction.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church and my parents worked hard to make sure I had opportunities to serve others, learn about Jesus Christ, feel the Holy Ghost, and pray. While I was In high school I wanted to know for myself, rather than leaning on others including my parents and leaders, that the Church I grew up in was indeed Jesus Christ's church on the earth today. The best tools I had in learning this for myself was the Book of Mormon and prayer. I read the Book of Mormon completely for the first time sometime during my junior year of high school. As I read with a desire to know if the Book of Mormon was true and prayed to a loving Father in Heaven, I felt a warm, comforting confidence in my mind and heart that what I was raised to understand and know was true. The teachings in the Book of Mormon helped me know better who Christ was and is. What I learned by studying the Book of Mormon gave me greater desire to study the Bible and strive to be more Christlike in my day to day actions. I'm a Mormon because the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including all that it stands for and believes in help me learn more about Jesus Christ and help me to develop more Christlike attributes and characteristics myself.

How I live my faith

The Church has helped me know that being spiritual is good, but being both spiritual and competent is better. I strive to do my best in all that I do whether at home, church, school, or work. My employer deserves an honest days work - I strive to do that every day. As I have done so, I have had more opportunities to learn, grow, and advance, which in turn has blessed my family and the lives of those I serve. I have served in various positions in the Boy Scouts of America program including scoutmaster. I currently serve as an assistant, or counselor, to the bishop of our congregation. I have direct responsibility for all of the young men and women ages 12 -18. I meet regularly with the bishop and others to discuss the needs of the members of our ward. I also meet with both youth and adults to counsel and encourage them in their efforts to live more Christlike lives - as I do so I learn much from them and feel greatly blessed for the opportunity to serve others. All of the things I do wouldn't be as meaningful if I didn't love my wife and kids and have good opportunities to spend time with them. We aren't perfect and we need the forgiveness available through Christ's atonement each day. I am grateful for the blessing it is to try and be a little better tomorrow than I am today and I know doing so is possible because of Jesus Christ.