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Hi I'm Brian

Born in Idaho, grew up all over (including Peru/Brazil/Utah/Germany), a budding ophthalmologist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to spend time with my family, read, watch movies, spend more time with my family, play sports, and then spend even more time with family. The only problem is that at the moment, I don't have all that much free time to spend on anything as I'm finishing up medical training (the last of 10 long years!). Even though life seems busy at times, I've learned that by managing my time wisely I can usually get in just enough family time to stay completely connected . . . . which I love!

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised by parents who were faithful Mormons, I was taught from as long as I can remember about the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I grew up through adolescence, I continued to follow in the path they set me on. As I grew older and more independent, and I came to the realization that I needed to decide for myself what I believed. I wouldn't always have parents and adult church leaders there to remind/encourage/counsel/guilt-trip into doing the right thing. I concluded that I needed to spend serious time and energy into sorting out my own beliefs . . . and then follow where my heart takes me. After several months and maybe longer of doing just that, I had the realization that I knew for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught to me from my childhood, was true and that I should live my life by its teachings . . . . which I've tried to do ever since.

How I live my faith

In many ways, being a Mormon defines me . . .. and it certainly affords me plenty of chances to serve (indeed, this is not a religion for the passive church-goer!). First of all, each and every day of the week, I do my very most to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. I go about this by praying sincerely for strength and support, studying the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and by trying to be charitable in my interactions with others. I also have the chance to serve those in my community and church group. I have been assigned several families in my congregation to look over and check in on from time to time. Monthly, I'll visit these families to strengthen friendships and to offer any help and support I might (from yard work, to baby-sitting, to listening and offering advice). I also get to spend time working with our church youth group (boys from 12-18 years of age) - we go on camping trips, work on Scouting, do service projects, and play basketball and it's a blast spending time with them!