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Hi I'm Brian

I'm an applied mathematician, I'm a Scoutmaster, I'm a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college professor of mathematics with training in applied mathematics. I use mathematics and its methods of analysis to better understand the phenomena of nature, particularly biology. I chose this line of work because I want to apply my skills and talents to benefit others. I especially enjoy teaching and trying to help others learn skills that will help them. I am also a husband to a wonderful wife and father of five fantastic children. My role in my family provides purpose to the other aspects of life, even though it may often be difficult to find an appropriate balance in time. I enjoy hiking and camping and Scouting with my children. We all enjoy reading, and often pass books from one to another as we work through different series that catch our interest. I also love music, playing the viola and piano and singing.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in a Mormon family and participated actively through all of my years growing up, my continuing commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ and sincere belief in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a restoration of Christ's ancient church for our own day is based on a consistent pattern of spiritual experiences that have brought peace and understanding and joy in my life. As an applied mathematician, I regularly find myself thinking about science and the scientific method. In the Book of Mormon, there is an ancient prophet named Alma who challenges a group of people to try "an experiment upon my words" and to give place in their heart to believe, or at least have a desire that they could believe, his words and plant them, like a seed, in their hearts. As they acted upon this experiment, they would feel a swelling in their hearts that the words were good. As they continued to nourish the word, their knowledge of its goodness would continue to grow, like a plant, until later they would see the full goodness and enjoy the ultimate fruits. I have had many personal experiences in which I have felt and seen evidence of the goodness of the word. Foundational to these experiences is a personal witness of the atonement of Jesus Christ and his redemption on my behalf. I have felt his love and tasted the peace that he offers. I know that Christ was sent by our Heavenly Father to complete a great plan of happiness through which we can return to God's presence. As another witness of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon has been my key to understanding this plan. As I continue to try the experiment that Alma described, my life has continually been blessed. I know my prayers have been personally answered. I know my family has been blessed. I know that I feel peace in my life. I exercise faith by accepting these blessings as evidences. That is my choice, and it makes me feel happy.

How I live my faith

I am an adult leader for the youth in my ward (what we call a local congregation). As part of this assignment, I get to teach lessons on Sunday and I serve as a Scoutmaster at weekly Scout troop meetings and weekend camping outings. I enjoy teaching our youth, and love the opportunities it gives me to testify and feel the Holy Ghost witness to all of us about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also have responsibilities to watch over and to minister to a small number of families. I try to visit them monthly, where we visit and then share a spiritual message and see if they need any help, physically or spiritually. Being ordained in the priesthood, I occasionally have opportunities to offer special blessings when they are sick or otherwise troubled. The biggest center for how I live my faith is with my family. We pray over every meal. We try to read scriptures together regularly. My wife and I recently finished the New Testament again and are currently reading in the Old Testament; our family has been reading the Book of Mormon together; and I have been studying the Book of Mormon on my own. Every Monday night, we have a special family night where every family member take turns with responsibilities to have a lesson, a song, a scripture story, an activity, a talent, and a treat. My wife and I take seriously the charge that teaching our children why and how to live after the pattern of Jesus Christ belongs to parents, and it is a great comfort to know that our Heavenly Father will guide us because we are all His children and He knows our needs and will guide us in how we lead our family.