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Hi I'm Brandon

I grew up in Oklahoma and spent much of my life searching for a spiritual home. I found it in the Mormon Church.

About Me

Years ago, I listened to a personal development tape which said that no longer can we expect to work for 20 years at the same job but will likely have five or six different careers over the course of our lives. I'm working on my fifth career change currently, serving as a case manager for the local area agency on aging. I enjoy the work, especially when my efforts make a difference in one of my customer's lives, particularly those who have no one else to advocate for them. My other post-college careers have included museum director, research assistant, college registrar, and case manager at a mental health center. At heart though, my passion is writing. Some day, I hope to publish a collection of poetry or write a book in the area of travel literature. Cycling is another interest and I try to bicycle at least 3,000 miles a year. One of my recent cycling highlights was when my spouse and I biked across Kansas together as part of the organized, annual ride. Besides spending time with my wife, I also enjoy walking our Border Collie daily and being enterained by our my cat. I am also a stepparent, which I became in 1998, when I married my wife and became a father to 11 and 12 year old girls. Both of my stepdaughters have since moved on with their lives, with the oldest recently marrying in the temple.

Why I am a Mormon

The road to the true gospel of Jesus Christ was a long one for me. It wove in and out of many religions, including the Catholicism of my youth, ecumenical groups in my undergraduate and graduate college years, the Unitarian Universalist Church, peripheral/academic interest in Islam and Buddhism, and Lutheranism. I had numerous opportunities to be taught by the missionaries after marrying a returned sister missonary in 1988. With a then propensity to place the things of this world before the things of the Lord, however, it would be six years before I would finally take the plunge and be baptized. Unfortunately, my marriage fell apart a year about a year after I was baptized. When you have found the truth, however, you just don't abandon ship because the sea is rough. During this difficult period of my life, the love and friendship shown by members of the church in Gillette, Wyoming, where I was baptized, helped me to make it through. I was still an infant in the church, but the Lord was guiding my path. It hasn't been an easy road to follow but nothing of worth ever is. Since moving to Kansas in 1998 with my second wife (closer to my family of origin in Oklahoma), the gospel seed has grown in my life. Many members have nurtured me, taught me, and set a good example for me over the years, and for that I am grateful. The path that leads back to our Heavenly Father is long and fraught with both peril and peace. I know that this is His Church and that each member has a small, though significant, role to play in bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

How I live my faith

When I first joined the church, I had an excellent teacher and companion in Tom Skinner, who faithfully taught me the spiritual importance of home teaching. This is a church program in which members are assigned to particular members, visiting them in their homes monthly and offering whatever assistance they might need while sharing a gospel message. I have always loved this dimension of the church, as it provides an opportunity to get to know others on a more personal level. Since joining this church, I have had an opporunity to serve in many capacities, including working with church membership records, teaching and serving in the young men's organization, teaching in the children's program, and serving in leadership positions with the adult male organization. I even sung in a ward choir once. Currently, I am the local leader of the church in our town here in south central Kanas. Anyone who joins the church will have numerous opportunities to serve. We are often placed in positions outside of our comfort zone in order that we might be stretched to our full capacities. The incredible part of it all is that, unlike many other churches, none of us is motivated by a salary. Rather, we serve because of our love of the Lord and our desire to build his kingdom here on earth.