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Hi I'm Brian

I grew up in Colorado and I work as a surgeon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a general surgeon, with special interest in advanced laparoscopy and robotic surgery. I love my work for the wonder of the human body and the miracle of human life. Yet my greatest joy comes from my family. I met my wife when we were both eight years old--she is my best friend and dearest confidant. We have five children, ages 16, 20, 22, 24, and 29. Every stage of life is richer when family is the backdrop. Each day, gratitude to God for my wife and family makes me who I am and motivates me to be better. My hobbies have revolved around my children's interests: I enjoy being a Scoutmaster, beekeeper, lacrosse coach, skier, snowboarder, wakeboarder, hiker, runner and biker. At work, I currently serve as the Chief of Surgery and Director of Robotic Surgery. I also work as a national robotic surgeon proctor and enjoy meeting other surgeons around the country as they learn new technologies.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe there are two major decisions to make in life: first, whether or not to truly follow the Savior Jesus Christ; and second, whom to marry. All other choices in life rest upon these. I am a Mormon because I decided early in my childhood that I would follow Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Is Christ's church in our day--the eternal truths of the prophets from the Bible and other ancient scriptures all point to Jesus Christ and his gospel in these "latter" days of the human experience on the earth. I received a witness before I was eight years old that Jesus Christ's restored Gospel truths can be found in fulness in the doctrines of the "Mormon" religion. My personal witness has been confirmed again and again in my life as I've aged. I still hold to my early decision to first, follow Christ, and that is why I am still a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as Scoutmaster and enjoy teaching a Sunday class of Scout-aged boys in my local congregation. The boys are eager and energetic and I enjoy the vibrance they keep in my life. We study the scriptures together and words of the living Prophets of our day. All focus on the teachings of Jesus Christ and how we can be better young men, family members, neighbors, students, future missionaries, future husbands and fathers. I also volunteer as a medical consultant on a committee that meets in Salt Lake City to discuss Church medical response to disasters, national or international.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Brian
Absolutely. I remember driving home from a long Saturday of emergency work (as a surgeon) when I realized I was missing a special church conference. I wasn't properly dressed in my church clothing, but I knew I would miss the meeting if I took the time to go home to change into a suit first. I chose to drive straight to the meeting. The congregation was large and I couldn't see where my family was seated, so I slipped in the back and quietly watched as the modern day prophet stood to speak--broadcast to our meetinghouse via satellite. In that humble circumstance, standing in my work clothes, tired but grateful to have arrived even for the final minutes of the meeting, a marvelous thing happened. I received a wonderful feeling starting from the top of my head and spreading through my entire being--a feeling of calm, of peace, of acceptance and love as I realized God was granting me a personal witness that the man I was listening to was indeed a prophet called to lead and direct people today just as Moses lead and instructed the children of Israel. I knew--from a witness outside of myself--that God lives. God's love was manifest to me by the prophet addressing the entire world via satellite that evening. There is a living prophet today; his name is Thomas S. Monson. I have never met him or personally shaken his hand, but I have received personal witness from God. Do I really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today? Absolutely. Come, see for yourself. Show more Show less