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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a Mormon. I have had some of the most interesting jobs you could ever imagine while in the service of my country.

About Me

I am a husband, a father, a military intelligence officer, and a Mormon. I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, hiking, running, mountain biking, swimming, and snorkeling. Many interesting and significant responsibilities have come my way during my career in Intelligence, and I've had the rare opportunity to make a significant impact on the world while serving my country on four continents, including three combat zones. I honestly find my most important responsibility to be within the walls of my own home. It's not even close. The greatest sources of joy in life are the unconditional love of our Savior Jesus Christ, the love of my family and friends, and the pure joy that comes from serving others. I don't believe that we ever learn to really, truly live until we get over ourselves and put others first. Only then are we able to approach our highest potential -- while doing our best to follow the perfect example of the Lord Jesus Christ. True fulfillment comes in serving a cause greater than one's self. I am so grateful to have found that elusive "perfect" cause to which I can dedicate myself. It is serving and teaching others and helping the Lord bring joy and fulfillment into their lives. This is done by helping them to know about, understand, and feel for themselves the unconditional love of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the miraculous effects of His great Atonement in their own lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but I got my spiritual testimony of the restored Gospel through the power and influence of the Holy Ghost, which is the purest source of truth. I remember being baptized at eight years of age, and how the Holy Spirit filled my chest as I climbed up the stairs out of the water. It gave me peace and joy, and filled me with desire to do the Lord's will and serve my fellow man. Any time I feel the Spirit's influence, it inspires within me this same desire to choose right, and to serve God and my fellow man. As a young missionary serving in Vienna and Linz, Austria in the late 1970s, I saw the influence of the Spirit work on many as we taught them about the restored Gospel. I saw the mighty change that can take place in hearts and therefore in families and communities through the influence of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I felt the indescribably powerful influence of the Holy Spirit work through me to touch the hearts of others as we sat in their homes and taught them about the restoration of the Gospel, the Plan of Happiness and Salvation, and other important topics. I was indeed raised a Mormon, but I remained a Mormon because I have knowledge and appreciation of my own for the fully restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and have felt the Spirit numerous times over the years as it has assisted me in my responsibilities and in times of need and distress. I am also thankful for the opportunity to hold the Holy Priesthood of God, also restored in modern times, and have been a trusted servant and partner with the Lord in working miracles that are too sacred to discuss in a public forum. They are nonetheless real and have been a great blessing to my family for which we will eternally be grateful. How could I ever turn my back upon the Lord after all he has done for me and my family?

How I live my faith

We've had numerous chances to serve within the Church and have always enjoyed most working with the youth. I took an oath long ago as an Eagle Scout to always be involved in Scouting and to help bring other young men the opportunities my leaders gave me as a youth. We're proud parents of three Eagle Scouts, with one more getting very close. My wife and I are the proud grandparents of a darling 6-month old baby girl. We were married in the Temple and believe that we are sealed together as a family for time and eternity, as long as we live up to the covenants we made we have no doubt that the Lord will live up to his side of the covenants. We have found joy in serving others throughout our lives, including during the aftermath of five different hurricanes while living in Florida. We have found though that you don't need a spectacular disaster to serve others. Every day brings opportunities to help someone. Those which bring the most true joy are the acts of service that nobody sees or knows about. I think this is because it is done out of pure love and not because of superficial motives. During times while under rocket, mortar, and small arms fire in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Lord blessed me with faith and peace of mind, reassuring me that our prayers for protection would be answered. I trust the Lord with all my heart, and I know that even if we don't get the answers we think we want to prayer, we should trust in Him because He sees all and His will will be better for us in the long run, no matter what that is.