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Hi I'm Bryan

I'm a husband, a father, a brother, a soldier and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Wow! Where do I start...? This July I will have been in the Army for 21 years. I am married and have 2 children. My wife, Janie and I were married last December. We met 7 years ago but I broke up with her on Valentine's Day (don't ever do that). We spent 6 years apart when the night Osama Bin Ladin was killed I decided (I have no idea why) that the next day I was going to call Janie. I did and we made plans to have lunch that next Friday and we have been together ever since. All I can tell you is that I have witnessed miracles. My wife is a miracle. My children are both miracles. My daughter is 14 and my son is 16 who started driving so be warned. They are my children from a previous marriage. They started coming to church 3 yrs ago and Ashleigh was baptised Dec 2009 and Jimmy was baptised Feb 2010. My life was great but not complete until Janie was baptised on Oct 28th 2011 and we were married Dec 3rd of the same year. I've been all over the world and I have witnessed God's hand directing me (when I let Him) the moment I needed it. For the first time since I was a kid I have joy. I have an older brother who is my best friend. We get together at least once a week. We play basketball and tennis and make fun of our kids and wives and eachother whenever we can. I love my family and would not be the person I am without them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a loving Catholic home where I lived with my mom and brother. My mom met my Step-Dad who I have called Dad since they were married over 30 years ago. growing up I wanted to be a priest but I also wanted to have a family. When I was 19 yrs old I joined the Army and went away for almost 2 years for training and schooling. While traveling I read the Bible and learned about different faiths. I was considering the Protestant faith because it was similiar to the Catholic faith and the clergy could marry. They also believed in baptism which I considered to be a very important part of a church's foundation. After my decision to become Protestant however my duty assignment was changed again and I was being transferred to Ft Riley, KS. It was there that I met the missionaries and 3 weeks later I was baptised. Last Oct (28 OCT 2011) I celebrated my 19th year as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was on that same date that I baptised my beautiful wife Janie. We will be sealed for time and all eternity this December 2012. I am so grateful for my membership in this church and to those who brought me closer to my Heavenly Father. I love my Savior and try to follow his example. I'm not perfect so I try to apologize often to those I offend; especially my family. I know the church I learned about all those years ago is God's church on the earth today. I have God and Jesus to thank for my life and my family. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

How I live my faith

I am a member of my church or Ward and I serve as the coordinator for what we call member-missionary work. I arrange teaching appointments for the missionaries or Elders in our ward. My wife serves as the Young Women Camp director for Girl's Camp and she is incredibly streesed trying to get these girls to fill out camp forms. Crazy, huh? I still have to submit our daughter's camp form, haha. Don't tell her. My son was ordained a priest two weeks ago and we will be blessing the bread and water at our church called the Sacrament for the fist time together this Sunday. Our daughter laughs and socializes and is mostly a distraction at church. Haha. I'm not serious, well maybe a little. Sunday is the best part of our week or at least for me. It starts out early sometimes because of morming meetings where we meet to discuss the needs of the members or up coming events and activities. Then we have 3 one hr meetings. I try to sing in the choir (but mostly just move my lips) after the meetings which means my day is anywhere from 5 to 6 hrs long; but well worth it. I love Sundays and after church I feel I'm ready for the week and actually look forward to it. I am also a hometeacher and my son and I meet once a month with 4 families in our ward. We love them and bring a spiritual message each month or provide a service whenever needed. I love serving in my ward and I feel service is a great way to show our love for eachother and for God.