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Hi I'm Bryan

I was born in Idaho but now I've lived in California for 25+ years. I like sports and I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a CPA and find it enjoyable to work with numbers. My job title is Controller -- which fits well with my talents and personality. I like things to be accurate, organized, and on time. My motto could be "strive for excellence". My company is a cooperative of farmers who grow prunes in the central valley of California. It is the world's largest processor and distributor of prunes (dried plums), prune & plum juices, and other dried fruits. Earlier in my career, I worked in public accounting (at KPMG) and for a medical device manufacturer. In those positions, I gained experience with a large number of industries and with many areas of accounting. From time to time, I use my knowledge and experience to help others with financial matters. I've taught many classes on budgeting. In addition, I have worked one-on-one with some individuals who needed help with their personal finances. Another interest of mine is sports. I love to play softball, volleyball, basketball, baseball, golf, etc. I also enjoy watching sports -- especially BYU football! Additionally, I like to read. My Church teaches that "the glory of God is intelligence"; therefore, it is important that we keep learning and growing as we move through life. Accordingly, I am continually trying to gain more knowledge. One other thing that I enjoy is listening to my iPod. I love good music and believe that many artists are inspired by God in their musical abilities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born to a family that was active in the LDS Church. However, like anyone who is serious about religion, I had to decide for myself if it was right for me. I was blessed to have loving parents who taught me to live according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. I read the scriptures and developed a love for the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other standard works. After a study of those divine writings, I received a witness from God that the teachings in the scriptures are true. I also gained a testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. Having that knowledge, I know that I should continue as a faithful Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have worked in many leadership positions in the Church. Part of the responsibility for those positions included training other leaders and also meeting with people to help them achieve their eternal goals. I interviewed men, women and youth to discuss various principles of the gospel and to answer questions that they may have had. In addition, I help to organize and carry out various different types of events and activities for the Church. The events include opportunities for spiritual growth, service to others, physical exercise, financial preparedness, and social interaction. These events help Mormons to become well-rounded, happy, successful members of society. Currently, I am the leader for a group of energetic 11-year-old Boy Scouts. I'm helping them learn how to appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors as well as to "Be Prepared" with life skills that they will need as they grow into adulthood. In addition, I have the privilege of teaching a Sunday School class each week.

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

Clean and healthy! We want to keep our minds and bodies free of substances or practices that would inhibit having a personal relationship with our savior, Jesus Christ. Keeping the commandments helps us avoid a multitude of problems that may afflict those who struggle against God's road map for us. By staying on the "straight and narrow path", we can enjoy life and save ourselves from negative effects of a lifestyle that doesn't regard God's commandments. Perhaps more than everything else, we have peace of mind that we are following His plan. Show more Show less