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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a physicist. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach physics and science education at a large 4-yr university. I direct a small research group investigating how people learn science. I've been happily married for over 20 years. I have four kids ages 18 to 5. I hold BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Physics. I'm a 15-yr veteran of the US Army National Guard. I play several musical instruments and enjoy music, reading, hunting and fishing, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and skiing, combat self-defense, playing with my wife and kids, and racing in triathlons.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in the LDS Church, I, like everyone, had to discover for myself that it was true. I had several experiences growing up, and have continued to see the Lord's hand guiding my life. I know He loves me and I am happy to help accomplish His purposes for me. I have no hesitation crediting my faith with all the best things in my life. I had a very happy childhood, the oldest of eight kids born to a now-retired computer programmer and a very respected piano teacher. I love my wife and kids very much and am pleased to see them each growing up to be remarkable people. I am also excited to see how my understanding of God's plan for me and my family meshes with the intricate details of the physical world. Nucleosynthesis and quantum physics then enhance my faith and give me added insight into the mind of God.

How I live my faith

I've been a Scoutmaster for 17 years. I love the Boy Scouts and am proud to be an Eagle Scout, a recipient of the National Scoutmaster Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award. My son is an Eagle Scout also and we together serve on staff for the National Youth Leadership Training Program for the Scouts. Currently in my church service I am the Bishop of a Young Single Adults ward. My faith in God and His plan has grown tremendously through my service in this capacity. My understanding of how completely God loves these young people overwhelms me. It is a joy for me to be able to serve these dear youth. In my family we try to have fun activities and traditions with my wife and kids, including vacations, visits to relatives and museums and historic sites, and beautiful views. We love to camp and hike together, and we have a full spate of band concerts, little league baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis we even tried fencing, dance and music lessons, community theater, physics conferences, etc. to keep us busy.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I spent two years as a full-time missionary in South-eastern England in the mid 1980s. I saved up for several years mowing lawns and teaching merit badge classes at scout camp. It cost me about $800 to buy all my suits and shoes and luggage, and about $350 per month while I was there to pay for my apartment, food, transportation, and teaching materials. Some of that came out of my savings and my Dad paid the rest when that ran out. I think the Church paid for my plane tickets, but I'm not sure. It was a wonderful, hard, inspiring and memorable experience. Show more Show less