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Hi I'm Brian

I'm from Scipio, UT. I love riding horses. I love my wife Erin Lisonbee! I love COLLEGE! I love life! I love you! Im Mormon!!!

About Me

I consider myself a relatively simple man. I was born and raised in Utah, where I spent my life in between two different cities. In both Springville and Scipio my family was blessed with the opportunity to own cattle and relatively small farms. I love spending time on the farm or in the mountains atop my horse moving the cattle. This experience on the farm taught me to work, to love animals, to appreciate the earth, and to understand the importance of family. The farm in many ways has defined who I am and what I have become. I did not always do the things in the church that members are supposed to, but I always attended my church meetings, and my mom made sure that I prayed at night. These simple two steps have helped me to develop a strong relationship with God. When I was 18 yrs old though I knew that I needed more than that. So I began preparing for my mission. This meant more time spent in my scriptures, and more time serving others. I grew a lot my senior year of high school because of these activities. I had a wide circle of influence because of my participation in football, basketball, track and other activities. I was blessed with great friends with great standards. My most important experience was in seminary, reading and studying scriptures. Then I served a two year mission in San Francisco, California. I GREW MORE THAN EVER IN THE GOSPEL I love those I served. Now I am married and I enjoy the greatest companionship in the world. MY WIFE ERIN!!!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I had an amazing experience kneeling down and praying to God. I was raised in this church, but it was not until I was 18 years of age that I not only believed in my church, but I knew it was God's church. My faith in Jesus Christ guides everything that I do and that I want to become. I have perspective and a knowledge of who God wants me to become because of this church. I know that this faith is holds the keys to returning to our Father in Heaven through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

This is a really difficult question to answer in a lot of detail, but I find myself living my faith in several different ways. Right now the way I spend working in my religion the most is as a part of the missionary program of the church. I absolutely love missionary work. Missionary work is a big part of the mission of the LDS faith. We feel as though one of the most important things we can do in this life is to share our beliefs, and bring others to Christ. The church has over 50,000 missionary's full time in the world right now. I teach these missionary's for 3 weeks before they go into the mission field. We talk about revelation through prayer, church, the Book of Mormon, and other topics that promote faith and help missionaries prepare to teach others. I also really try to help my family stay centered on Christ. Right now I am reading the New Testament for my dad. At the end of reading I am going to give it to him to help him feel Christ's love for him. My wife and I read the Book of Mormon every night and pray together every day. We really want to have a home centered on Christ. Without this type of home who knows how we could ever prepare to have kids in the world we live in today. I also am going to BYU so that I can prepare to have a job/ career that will allow me to provide for my family.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Brian
The Book of Mormon was written by various prophets who lived 600 yrs before Christ to about 400 yrs after his death. It was then abridged or compiled by a prophet historian named Mormon. Mormon knew exactly how to write and compose this sacred book for us individually because he said, "Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing." (Mormon 8:35) He knew exactly who we are and what we are faced with. He then took the records that he was entrusted with and compiled them to best help us live in the world we live in today. The main purpose of this Book is to testify of Jesus Christ and to bring us unto him. Because of this purpose God sent Moroni, the son of Mormon, to deliver this book as an angel to Joseph Smith Jr. After receiving this record the prophet Joseph translated it, meaning he wrote it in a new language, into English. We have it, we can read of the miracles of the Jesus Christ on the American Continent. It teaches us sooooooooo clearly about the mission of Christ. I know it is true. It has changed my life. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Brian
I served a mission and all of us paid a monthly balance that funded our missionary activities. The great thing about our balance was that we all paid the same amount. It did not matter if you were serving in an extremely wealthy city that you normally couldn't afford to live in or an area that you could live on a couple of dollars a month. We all paid the same amount. This made it so that we could go wherever the Lord wanted us to participate in sharing the gospel. Most missionaries work to fund their own missions. Quite a few also find help from their family or friends to help fund their mission. Missionary work is a sacrifice for everyone involved that is why entire families are blessed by sending out their sons and daughters for 18 to 24 months. It may be good to identify what is meant by missionary activities. Missionary's serve all around the world speaking different languages and going into the homes of people to teach them about the church and how they can return to live with God and Jesus Christ forever. Show more Show less

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

Brian
I guess the answer to this question depends on which Mormon you ask. There are a couple of guiding principles that make the culture of being Mormon much different from the rest of the world. Mormons typically try to know and understand Christ better. Because of this pursuit of "trying to be like Jesus" we daily engage in activities that bring us closer to the savior of the world. Some of these activities include reading the Book of Mormon, the bible, and other holy scripture, we pray daily several times, we attend church weekly, our kids attend a weekly church activity called Young men and women, etc... We are really focused on the family so we do all we can to be together. We try not to work on Sundays. We all try to share our beliefs with others. We try to be active in the community. We seek education because we believe it is eternal. Something my wife and I always try to do is read the scriptures together, and when we have kids we will read the scriptures with them. We try to keep all of God's commandments. We attend the temple. Most of all Mormons try to be nice. This does not take away from the culture of the people that practice this way. As a matter of fact being Mormon has made it easier to farm, and to participate in the culture of our small town. It has brought us all closer together, and I have found that most of the activities I participate in are started by the church. Show more Show less