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Hi I'm Brian

I love to explore the world. I have a beautiful wife and five hilarious kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My priorities are to provide for my wonderful family, explore new cultures and countries, and try to make the world a better place. I worked as a fire fighter, wildlife biologist, truck driver and aid worker before marrying and going back to school for a Master and Ph.D. In my travels, I have found striking beauty and haunting atrocity in every country and culture. I don't understand why some terrible things occur, but I do know that we are all children of a Father in Heaven who loves us and desires our eternal happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

A number of doctrines attracted me to Christ's church. I loved the clarity taught about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I felt empowered by the understanding that I am literally a child of God and have enormous potential. I was excited by the teachings that we can learn and grow (progress) forever. I've remained a Mormon because in this church I have developed a deeper relationship with the Saviour and found acceptance, fellowship in troubled times, strength and protection, and opportunities to help others. In short, I am a better man, husband, father and son because I have chosen to follow the Saviour's gospel.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as a counsellor in the stake presidency. This means I am concerned for the spiritual and physical welfare of six Latter-day Saint congregations (wards) in a defined geographic area. As such, I work with bishops of these wards and a council of very dedicated men and women who lead various organisations, like the Primary (children), the Young Men and Young Women (teenaged youth), the Relief Society (adult women), and the Sunday School program. All positions in the local congregations are unpaid. This means we all have other responsibilities outside of church, such as jobs and family. This also means I will not always serve as in the stake presidency. Some day I will be asked to serve in another area, perhaps in the nursery or as a Sunday School instructor or usher for our Sunday meetings. This gives us lots of experience and helps us grow. In addition to my church service, I am actively involved in community and interfaith dialogue. I work to facilitate understanding and collaboration between various faiths to address challenges that face our community. I feel that no matter our religion, race or nationality, we all are children of Heavenly Father. This means we can work together to make our communities places of peace and great environments to raise the next generation.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Brian
Mormon church services are unique. When I first started attending I felt three hours was too long to be in church, but I quickly grew to like it because I realised that each of the three meetings has a very practical, edifying focus. The Sacrament meeting is the principal meeting and it is where everyone (women and men, young and old) come together to have the sacrament (communion) and hear talks by their fellow church members. Since there is no paid clergy, Mormons take turns speaking to the congregation about how a particular principle or doctrine has strengthened their faith in Christ. Depending on the size of the congregation, a Mormon can speak as often as once a year to once every two or three years. In Sunday School, the youth attend classes according to their age and the adults attend a class together. The curriculum varies from year to year, but the focus each year is on a book of scripture and how its lessons can help us develop stronger families, be better neighbours and parents, etc. For example, this year (2011) all the adults are studying the New Testament. In the third hour we group together as men and women. The men's class looks at how the gospel of Christ can help us in our roles as men, husbands, fathers, etc., while the women study how Christ's teachings can help them be better women, wives, mothers, etc. Visitors are welcome in all of these meetings. Show more Show less