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Hi I'm Brian

I love languages and music. I love to cook. I teach Arabic at a middle school. I live in Washington DC. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated in Middle Eastern Studies / Arabic from Brigham young University, and I now teach Arabic to Middle Schoolers in a public charter school in Washington, DC. I love to swim, bike and run. I love the outdoors and try to escape the city whenever possible to camp, hike, kayak, ski, or anything else I can pretty much. I love games. Any kind of game. Video games, board games, card games, puzzles, get-to-know-you games, anything. I also love to cook. I love my job, but if I were to do it all over again and choose something else, I would either be a chef or a therapist.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me in the church, but I didn't really know that the path of being a Mormon would be right for me until my family moved to New Zealand for my junior year in high school. When were flying to Christchurch, I knew that in this new culture, no one expected me to live the standards of the church. It would be easy to go to parties and drink or have sex or whatever I wanted. I hadn't yet decided what I wanted to do. When we got there I had two distinct groups of friends. I had my friends at school who were not Mormons, and I had church friends who were all a little older than me. I could see a difference between these two groups. I loved my school friends, but my church friends were so happy, and had such an amazing sense of purpose, I knew which group I wanted to be like. I continued to spend time with both groups, and loved all of them, but as time went on, I found myself knowing more and more that I wanted to be a Mormon. Since that time, I have served a mission in Hawai'i, gone to school at BYU and have started working in Washington, DC. There have been many times that were difficult, when I again wondered if being a Mormon was the right path for me, but every time, I go to church and I meet the amazing, wonderful people there, and I hear the message that they share and the spirit that I feel urging me to be kinder, and serve and love, and I know again that the message is true and that I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love my local ward. I have so many friends there who I feel close to. They understand my struggles and I feel like I understand theirs and in that way I really feel like we can support each other. In our ward I help to organize a weekly meeting every Monday where a small group gets together and has a short discussion about a gospel topic like faith or love or forgiveness, and then we will usually enjoy some small treat together and just talk. It's really great! Sometimes it's hard to keep up with it every week, but I really think it's a blessing. I also visit a handful of other members of the ward every month to see how they are doing and if they need any help with anything. At work I try to be a good example of my faith. It's so easy for conflict and disagreement to arise and I think it's so important to forgive when you feel like you have been wronged and react with kindness. I think the most important thing I can do to be an example of my faith is to be a friend to everyone. I make an effort to understand others when it's difficult and serve them where I see a need.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I believe that there is a God because he keeps his promises. The scriptures are full of God's words and his promises to his children. I find that when I do the things that He asks, He always does his part in return, sometimes in ways that I can't explain. When I doubt, and when money gets tight, or when I get frustrated with my life, or I want to give up, if I exercise faith and keep my promises to God, I find that He always rewards my faith and lets me know that my faith is not misplaced. Show more Show less