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Hi I'm Brian

I live in Maryland. I'm an amateur photographer - and I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a middle-age guy (but still in my 20's at heart) and in denial for any actual aging. Blessed with an amazing wife, 4 wonderful kids, great son-in-law, and super-intelligent grandson - I don't deserve all of this. A Washington DC traffic commuter with a more than adequate job, I am enjoying life and trying to be an influence for good in my daily interactions.

Why I am a Mormon

Born to and raised by Mormon parents, I have chosen to continue in the faith. Much more than a tradition, no one that I know in the church sticks with it for social convenience. I believe in "Mormon" teachings and try to practice the Gospel because they work for me - as advertised. To the degree that I voluntarily conform my mind, heart, and actions to God's standards, I find myself and find meaning in daily living. Through personal experience - even sometimes painful - I have a deepening conviction and even knowledge of God's love, that truth and justice will ultimately prevail, and that the limited joys of earth life are only hints of great things to look forward to as we continue to grow beyond mortality.

How I live my faith

With a completely lay clergy, we all accept rotating assignments for church service. I currently help lead a group of men and assign them to visit 2 or 3 families each month to give an inspirational message and check for any needs that can be met by others in the congregation. It's "inconvenient" to leave my comfortable home after a hard day at work to visit my own assigned families, but I always return home having been greatly enriched at the experience of making these visits and getting to know "my families" a little better. And in the process, I build a relationship with those families such that they can feel comfortable calling me in times of need. It's great to be able to help each other out in the big and little challenges we all encounter in life. The time I spend in these small acts of service is an order of magnitude better in terms of quality and fulfillment than any time spent watching TV or in other electronic diversions.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

It's an important outward manifestation of an inner conversion and commitment. Plus I think it's important to have a vivid memory of that day we can point to and say - I did it. I made the commitment. And friends and family were witnesses. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Most church members voluntarily pay tithing. There's no plate passed in church. Nobody calls and gives us a pitch to contribute - or contribute more. Once you start doing it - initially out of faith and because it's a Church tenet - you pick up your own experience of feeling God's blessing for making the relatively small sacrifice, and you just keep doing it - because you want to. Plus - intellectually - you see the great benefit to the Church world-wide in financing the expensive building and upkeep of chapels, temples, schools, and missionary work. It makes you feel good and proud to contribute to the best of causes. Show more Show less