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Hi I'm Brook

I have a great wife, 4 great daughters, like great music, and my profession is too full of computers. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, in addition to studying the three R's, I fancied three M's music, medicine and math. Yes, some say Math is the third R -- 'rithmatic -- but I mean things like spooky trigonometry and calculus. Though venturing further into the three M's in college, I ended up getting a master's degree in computer science. But, to keep up on my three M's, I still play, sing and collect music, read math books, and medicine... well, I suppose being the father of four, my brush with medicine came in the form of paying my share of medical bills over the years. My four daughters are each unique and wonderful. I'm very fond of each of them. We're empty nesters at the moment so I now enjoy time at home with my wife of 35 years. One of our favorite things is hot chocolate with a good movie, or, for that matter, anything involving time together. Professionally, I've been able to see many countries. One time, I was able to have my family with me for 5 months in England. I develop commercial applications involving large databases and the web. Musically, I recently joined the 21st century by putting my 1200 album music collection onto a networked media drive. I don't get much time to play the trumpet or guitar anymore, but I have been blessed to be in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the past 5 years, which is probably why I don't have time to play the trumpet or guitar.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon, by a truly magnificent mother and father. But like everyone, I had to come to my own conviction of the truths taught. My conviction grew fairly solid by the time I was 19, when I embarked on a Mormon mission to Korea. Just before going to Korea, the conviction solidified further in Hawaii studying Korean. Even 38 years later, I still remember standing in an outdoor walkway early one morning, repeating a difficult Korean phrase -- bawl-gun peet kee-toongie nehrio whas sumnida -- "a pillar of light descended". All of a sudden, I felt an undeniable witness that the phrase was true. I knew a pillar of light really did descend on Joseph Smith, and he really did see in the light two personages, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. And now, 38 years later, I continue to learn, and continue to receive witnesses of the divinity of prophets' callings, including today's prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I've had many opportunities to be in his presence. Each time, a feeling comes, quite unexpectedly, that he really is called of God to lead His church on earth today. Some of my reasons to enjoy being a Mormon include the top-notch organization, led by top-notch people, with top-notch programs for all ages. But in the end, my best reason is my conviction it is true. I am grateful my wife shares my conviction. Over the years, two of my four children have come to share that conviction. And while the other two children don't yet share my conviction, it doesn't change or diminish my love for them one bit.

How I live my faith

I've accepted calls to do whatever was needed, which, for me, usually includes one of three areas--music, teaching or clerking. I've currently been in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the past 5 years. I've lead choirs in at least three or four different congregations. I've been privileged to serve in four different bishoprics, helping the bishop as either his executive secretary or clerk. I really enjoyed teaching the 11-year-old boys the principles taught in the Book of Mormon. And before joining the Mormon Tabernacle Choir I lead gospel discussions for the older men's priesthood group.