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Hi I'm Drake Brown

I live in California. I love adventures with my family like water-skiing, hiking, dirt biking, and backyard barbecues.

About Me

After a 25 year career in computer systems and software, I started an encore career as an educator. I now teach college-level courses at the Institute of Religion and one business course at the local university. My first wife, Cindy passed away after a four-year battle with cancer. That was hard. I am now very happily married again to Holly. Holly and I have seven kids between us. We love being parents and grandparents. Five of the kids are happily married and we have 11 grandchildren. I am an uncle to 43. Family reunions are a blast!

Why I am a Mormon

I just love the peace and understanding that comes from the teachings of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. I love the teaching that His grace covers my sins. I also love being connected to other people who also want to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I have had many spiritual experiences where I have felt God leading me to the Mormon Faith.

How I live my faith

Lots of people are in painful or frightening situations. It really feels good when I get to lift someone's burden by being a caring friend. The Church helps me connect with people that I can help and with friends who can help me too.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Drake Brown
Yes, Mormons believe the Bible is holy scripture and that it is the word of God and that by following its teachings and accepting and relying on Jesus Christ we can have ultimate joy. I read the Bible regularly in my personal study. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Drake Brown
A fun and fabulous way to live! Just like everyone else I have to earn a living so that takes tons of my time--and I'm a better employee for all the things I have learned at church too: (honesty, hard work, integrity, caring about others, being accountable, getting a job done, being self-sufficient, being organized, being a self-starter, having goals and achieving them, and effective public speaking). But one of the best things about the Mormon lifestyle is the focus on family. Being really engaged with my immediate and extended family; it takes effort but it is also the most wonderful part of my life and when we have belief in the teaching of Jesus Christ in common with each other; it just makes the relationships so very rich! Having fun together is the best. We plan little adventures frequently (bike rides, walks in the park, attending a sporting event (especially when one of us is playing), dinner out, family games, a movie together, we also have frequent family discussions about the scriptures. Oh, and we are at church a lot too. I can't really imagine a better way to live. Show more Show less