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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a high school English teacher. I strive every day to make a difference in the lives of my students. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have been married for six years and have three children--a five year old daughter, a three year old son, and a second son who just turned one. I teach English and have a master's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. I enjoy reading as well as writing fiction, both short stories and novels. As a teacher, I try to get my students to open their minds to the truths about life and living, and to get them to think beyond the obvious. I also like to play the guitar, am a big fan of U2, and enjoy all sports, especially football. I am a big BYU fan. 

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the Mormon Church in many ways I consider myself a convert to the church. My parents divorced when I was five, and shortly thereafter, we started missing some Sundays at church or leaving early. For a few years, we went to just a portion of the church meetings or skipped them completely. By the time I was ten, we were no longer going to church. At the time, I wasn’t too beat up about it. It meant I got to stay home and watch football and play video games on Sunday instead of going to church. My senior year of high school, my family started going back to church. By that time, I only had a few memories of attending church when I was younger, so though I was familiar with the Church, I didn’t believe it was true. My family seemed to, so I wanted to as well. I began reading the Book of Mormon because there is a promise in the book that along with reading we can pray and ask God if it is true and that he will answer us. Though I hadn’t spent a lot of time at actually going to a church, I always felt a strong belief in God and in Jesus Christ. So, I read the entire Book of Mormon and prayed every day, hoping I would get some sort of answer from God. The answer didn’t come. My senior year ended, and I went to college. Though I had tried going to church with my family while I was in high school, I didn’t much enjoy it consequently, while at college, I stopped attending. Still, however, I continued in my curiosity about religion. I still believed in God and in Jesus Christ, and felt that I wanted to know the truth, that I wanted to find a church that I could feel good about. I had always planned on getting married and raising a family, and I knew I wanted to have a religion that I could raise my children in. I felt that I had to find a church that I believed in before I could seriously consider any plans for the future. Because it was what I was used to, I turned once again to the Book of Mormon and decided to read it and pray again to ask God about its veracity. Again, though I read and prayed everyday, I felt I received no answer. At the time, I had a close friend, a devout Christian, who supported me in my search. Because of him, I decided to change my tactics and turn toward the Bible for answers. Because I already had faith in God and Jesus Christ, I also believed the Bible was true. I set about studying the Bible, and matching what I found to the various different Christian faiths, including the Mormon Church. Though I still didn’t feel a confirmation that the Mormon Church was the one true church, I did find it difficult to believe some of the basic Christian doctrines that differ from those of Mormon faith. Over and over again, I read passages in the Bible that proved that the concept of the Trinity, that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are all one God, didn’t make sense, as their were several passages in the Bible that referred to the three as separate and distinct entities, though united in purpose. Most of all, however, was the concept of authority. Both the Old and the New Testament clearly state that only those with the proper authority can act in the name of God and perform the sacred ordinances of the Gospel. Both the Old and the New Testament also clearly state that that proper authority is called the Priesthood and is divided into two parts, the Aaronic Priesthood and the Melchizedek Priesthood. No Christian church, aside from the Mormon Church, makes any mention of the priesthood and authority given by God, let alone the specific branches of the Priesthood, the Aaronic and Melchizedek. In spite of all this, however, I didn’t feel any conviction of the truthfulness of the Mormon Church. I still believed that if it were true, God would answer me in some way, and I didn’t feel that he had. I decided then to attend a Methodist church with my friend, and continued to do that for the next year. I went back home for summer, and, to the disappointment of my family, continued to attend the Methodist church. I didn’t feel like the Methodist church I was attending was the true church, but it seemed to be a good one. I was beginning to wonder if there was such a thing as a true church. It seemed to me, however, that if there is a God who loves us, he would surely provide the truth of his Gospel somewhere on this earth. At the end of summer, I went with my family to an annual family camping trip—a trip we used to go on all the time when I was a kid, but hadn’t for the past several years. We called the trip “Family Camp,” since it wasn’t just our family that went, but all my aunts and uncles from my mom’s side of the family. I wasn’t opposed to going at all. I have a great relationship with my extended family and cherish the memories of camping together. Something unexpected, however, happened when I was there. All in my family are members of the Mormon Church, and, when I was there, I felt strongly that I needed to reexamine my conclusions about the Mormon Church, and perhaps study again. Looking at them, they had everything that I wanted in life—happy families, close relationships with each other, and I could feel that the Spirit of God was with them. They had something, a happiness that I recognized but knew I didn’t have. When I returned home, I again started to read the Book of Mormon. Though I had gone through this process twice before, something was different. My attitude was different. I began to realize that the first two times I had been reading that I might know that the Book of Mormon was false. I wanted it to be false because it would have been too difficult for me to change my life and admit that the Mormon Church was the true church. I preferred to be with my friends, to be more casual about religion. This time, however, I read because I sincerely wanted to know if the Book of Mormon were the word of God or not and if the Mormon Church were the one true church. This time, as I read, I felt good about what I was reading—I felt excited. I felt that this time I was getting an answer, that the feeling I had while I was reading did come from God. I continued to read and pray, asking God if the Book of Mormon was true. I dedicated myself to reading and praying. After only a few days, I had read about two-thirds of the Book of Mormon. Again, I set down the book and began to pray. This time, as I asked God if the Book of Mormon was true, a powerful feeling of joy came over me. It started as an ache in my chest, but a good ache, and grew and grew until I found myself in tears. I knew God had answered me through the power of the Holy Ghost. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. Since then, I began to live my life as an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as a Mormon and since then, I have had countless other experiences where I have felt the Holy Ghost in the same way, confirming to me the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and of the Church. I now know that the Book of Mormon is true and I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of God. I know because God revealed it to me. I have never been happier than when I am feeling that joy that comes from the Holy Ghost—that comes from following the commandments of God. That is why I continue to strive to follow God’s commandments. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

 The most important way I life my faith is the way I conduct myself at work and the way I treat my wife and my family. I always try to be like Jesus, to be kind, compassionate and honest no matter with whom I am talking. I try to do the same with the family. I believe the best way to foster love is through service. Consequently, I try to serve my wife and children as much as possible. We also try to grow in our faith. As a family, we read the scriptures together and pray together every day. Once a week, we also have special time as a family to get together and learn about Jesus Christ and his Gospel. I attend church every week. There I help organize different classes by age group where those at church can learn more about the Gospel, as well as attend similar classes and worship God, the Father, and His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to be an example for others and to share the joy the Gospel brings to me.  I am also currently involved in a musical production of Christ's resurrection called The Savior of the World. I play the part of doubting Thomas and love the opportunity it gives me to draw closer to my Savior through celebrating his resurrection and sharing my talents with others.