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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a pilot, an engineer, and a father... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I used to own and fly an antique airplane with a tailwheel...I'd start the engine by grabbing hold of the prop with my hands and giving it a spin. These days I'm working as an engineer. I've lived in Pennsylvania, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. I'm also a Formula 1 racing fan, and sometimes I still play video game racing on the internet with my old high school friends who live around the world now. But mostly I spend time with my family...and save for college for my oldest daughter!

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church by my friends in childhood. In high school, they invited me to play volleyball at the Church. I told them, "Hey, I'll play volleyball with you, but I'll never join your Church." They let me play on their volleyball team anyway. One day I started to notice that there was something different about them. They had direction, and seemed to live the way that everyone knows they should. They were content with life. Still, I didn't join the Church then...anyway, I had told them I wouldn't join, right? After high school when I started working, I met other Mormons and soon discovered that they were the same. They were the hard-working guys who treated other people well on the job. You could trust them. I wanted to know what this was about...why they were different. I started reading the Book of Mormon. It was full of stories about people like my friends and my co-workers, and about Jesus Christ. One of my co-workers helped me make an appointment to talk with some missionaries. They were only my own age...young men, but they knew the scriptures, and they were sincere when they talked to me, and not afraid to show emotion. I started to feel emotion, too, when I studied the scriptures. That's when I knew that I needed to be baptized. My life has been so much more than it would have been otherwise...my life is full.

How I live my faith

Today I attend church each week with my family. There are various facets of the Church that we participate in...a good Sunday School for my children, and also activities that I participate in with men of my age, such as helping others who are down on their luck or need help moving. My wife and I have roles in the church, too. I teach high school students every morning, before each school day. Studying the scriptures with them daily gives them a great start before school...and it gives me a great start, too. I've served in other positions in the Church over the years...organizing activities for the men's group, working in the Church genealogy center, or putting together a food drive for a local charity. The children participate in many activities...camping, basketball, and the pinewood derby. It's a good place to be a kid, and a father.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Brian
Money that comes to the Church through tithing is used to maintain meetinghouses and temples, and can be used to support the missionary effort or to care for the needy. Of note, few members of the Church are paid for their services. This includes Bishops and others at the local church buildings, who are not paid. Some seminary teachers who work full-time for the Church are paid. However, full-time missionaries are not paid. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Brian
A Mormon Church is a meetinghouse where members meet together for various church activities, such as Sunday School. A Mormon Temple is a sacred place...it is the House of the Lord and is a peaceful place separated from the world. Regular meetings aren't held in the Temple, but we go there often to learn more about Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Brian
Seek Him in the scriptures, talk to Him in prayer, try an experiment where you do what He says for a while and you'll see that He keeps his promises. Then you'll know who He is, our Father, who loves us, his children. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Brian
The Book of Mormon is a record of the people who lived on the American continent from about 600 B.C. to about 420 A.D. Among other things, it includes a record of Jesus Christ's visit to the Americas and his ministry to the people living here. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Brian
There are no restrictions or favoritism based on race or color in the Church. In the past, as with many long-lived organizations, there were race-based distinctions, however, with the encouragement of the Lord, these were done away decades ago. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Brian
Almost everyone will have difficult times in life; low points that they need some help getting through. The Church is there to help through these periods of time, and through various programs can help people get back on their feet as well in the long-term. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Brian
Ultimately, the authority to baptize comes from God. This authority is delegated to priests who then can baptize those who desire it. Show more Show less

Where did Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints begin?

Brian
The Church was organized in New York in 1830, following the translation of a record of the people of the Americas that was carried out in the years just prior. The translation was made from a set of plates recovered from a hill in New York in the 1820's. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Brian
My opinion on this is that the fact that we don't talk a lot about what happens in our temples leads to a lot of speculation on what goes on in there. Mostly it's a place of learning for us, and also a place of ceremony where covenants are made, such as marital vows. We're also organized. This seems to make people nervous. But, when there is a natural disaster, we're already set up to handle it and help others. Lastly, people who join often undergo a major lifestyle change, and this sometimes makes those who knew them before nervous. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Brian
Young men are taught that they are expected to go on a mission, but not all go and those who don't can still participate in all other aspects of the Church. In fact I didn't serve a mission myself, though I believe it would have been to my benefit had I done so. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Brian
One of the books of scripture available to us today is the Book of Mormon, so named because it was largely compiled by a prophet named Mormon. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. LDS people came to be called "Mormons" as a result of the title of this book. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Brian
Sometimes I wish we wouldn't call it that. "Baptisms on behalf of ancestors" sounds better, and that's what it is. We believe that those who didn't have a chance to be baptized can have that done for them now. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Brian
The living prophet today, for our time, is Thomas Monson. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Brian
Learn of Him, and try an experiment where you live the way that He wants you to live. See what happens. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Brian
The Book of Mormon was compiled by Mormon and his son Moroni from writings of historical leaders in the Americas. It was later translated into English by Joseph Smith, Jr. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Brian
Dressing immodestly means showing a lot of skin, and as any honest male will tell you, that can be distracting, especially for young people. Later in life you realize that the kind of person you really want to spend your life with isn't the kind that shows off too much skin. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Brian
Life is sacred. There are options other than abortion, and we help people with a very good Church adoption services program, for example. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Brian
The New Testament is a fundamental pillar of our scripture, along with the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon. We believe what's in there, including that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of God. Mormons are Christians, and the official name of our Church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less