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Hi I'm Brian

I'm an actor, a husband and a father. I've been a Mormon for 10 years. Was raised my whole life as a Methodist.

About Me

I'm an actor. Been acting in TV/Film/Commercials/Theater for over 15 years. I'm also an electrical engineer at a major toy company for my day job. Been married for 8+ years and we have a baby boy and a baby girl.

Why I am a Mormon

I met my wife doing a stage production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". I was a practicing Methodist my whole life and she was Mormon. I did not want to convert for her. I wanted my conversion to be for me. So I studied on my own for many, many months before finally agreeing to meet with missionaries. I was finally baptized and a year after that, we were married in the temple.

How I live my faith

I go to church every week and our family has been blessed for it. I plan activities for the men my age. Beach volleyball, tailgate partys, dodge ball, ice cream socials. That kinda thing. And I also help to council the men and teach them to live their lives according to the Savior's teachings.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes! We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. And we strive to learn all about Him. We strive to be like Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

We are all given the gift of eternal life. We lived in Heaven with God before being born on Earth and our spirits will continue to live on forever after our bodies fail us and we pass away for this mortal life. When Jesus returns to the Earth for His Second Coming, our bodies will be reunited with our spirits and we will be resurrected forever and ever. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

It is when Joseph Smith, a prophet of the Lord, had seen that God the Father and His son Jesus Christ were two seperate people and that each of them had bodies of flesh and bone. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

The women are great. Generally speaking, the women seem to be more spiritually in tune; more loving than the men. Yes, we believe in equality of men and women. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

We send food, blankets, etc to the people who need it following disasters. We help our neighbours who may be elderly or handicapped with simple stuff like building wheelchair ramps, visiting them in hospitals etc. We send missionaries around the world to proclaim the Gospel. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

The truth . It's very powerful and all human beings can feel the truth through the Holy Ghost Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

The Bible tells us to tithe 10% of our earnings. When we obey, there is enough funds to cover Church operations. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Temples are used to perform the ordinances of baptism, confirmation, endowments and marriage sealings. These ordinances can be done for ourselves if we have not received them, or they can be done in proxy for the men and women who have died and had not received them while alive. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

If we try to live our lives according to Jesus' teachings, we will start to feel a wonderul and good feeling in our hearts. That feeling is the Holy Ghost which testifies of the Saviour. Show more Show less

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

We belive the Bible to be the word of God. It is Holy Scripture. We study it, ponder it, teach out of it, etc. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. We worship God, the Father. And His son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is believing in something true without having seen it for ourselves. I cannot have faith that a dog is really a cat. But I can have faith that Jesus was the son of God and is our Saviour. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

It is the power and athority to act in the name of our God and Savior. I hold the priesthood myself. I use it to bless and heal my family when they are sick or going through tough times. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

They are Holy Scriptures, like the Bible that testify of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Jesus taught that we must all be baptised in His name to be saved. But there are billions of people who have died and did not have the chance to be baptised while living on Earth. God has provided a way for these people to still be baptised and that is through performing proxy baptisms. I have performed baptisms for the dead. It is a wonderful feeling and the Holy Ghost was strongly felt. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

In our house, we are parents. So our role is to help raise children in a home that is loving and supportive. And to teach our children about the Gospel Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

No. One man marries one woman. That's it. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Nope. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

This was my biggest stumbling block. When I was first investigating the Church, I was confused about ancient America versus Joseph Smith's time. It made no sense to me that if Jesus visited the people in Joseph Smith's time, and showed them His scars and taught the people etc, then why doesn't everybody know about it? Because, He visited during ancient times. Right after his crucifiction and resurrection. Not during Joseph Smith's time. When I learned that, I was like "Ohhhhhh, now that makes sense". My best advice, is to find someone who is a member of the church and ask them all your questions. Most likely, you're doing too much internet research and confusing yourself :) I now have a strong testimony that Jesus did indeed visit ancient America. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Answers to prayers can come from reading the scriptures. A better understanding of the Gospel. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Once the prophet dies, the new prophet is the apostle who has been a member of the twelve the longest. The entire congregation, worldwide, is asked to sustain the prophet twice a year at a general conference. To become an apostle, the prophet and the twelve fast and pray together to receive revelation from Heavenly Father. If they all agree to have received the same revelation and are certain it is God's will, that man is then extended the call to become an apostle. So, God chooses His prophets. Show more Show less

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

Men's eyes can wander. Better to not wear clothing that tempts, I guess. We'd teach our children to dress modestly. Not only for their good, but because of the outside world. There are sexual predators out there and I would not want my kids to attract them by clothing that is too revealing etc. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

It is a commandment and promise from our Heavenly Father. We are asked to eat meat sparingly. We are asked to avoid alcohol, smoking, coffee and tea. And if we obey, we can keep our minds and bodies healthier and free of addictive substances. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. Nobody is required to serve a mission. It is by volunteer and only those who are found worthy to teach the Gospel may go. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Once Jesus and all his disciples were killed, there were no more propehts on the Earth. The priesthood and Church fell away. This time was called the Great Apostecy. Joseph Smith was the prophet of the Lord in this new dispensation. The Lord's first prophet after the Great Apostecy. He restored the Church to what it was during Jesus' mortal life on Earth. Show more Show less