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Hi I'm Bryan

I'm from Texas. I am an Emergency Physician, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married, and my wife and I have 3 children. We live in the Texas hill country. I am an Emergency Medicine physician and enjoy my work. As of this writing (2011), we have one child left at home. I like to spend time outdoors--hunting, fishing, and being active. We travel frequently as a family and have enjoyed vacations in many areas of the United States as well as Mexico and Costa Rica.

Why I am a Mormon

I attended church off and on as a child, and my family began going regularly when I was 12 years old, or so. It was when I was in college that I began to examine my beliefs critically. During my junior year, I decided to serve as a full-time missionary. I left school and went to Argentina. I grew tremendously (from a spiritual aspect) during that time, and I view that experience as the "taking-off" point for the rest of my life. The experiences I had as a missionary made an indelible impression on me. It was then that I developed what Mormons refer to as a testimony--the conviction that God the Father and His Son Jesus live, that Jesus Christ Himself directs the church today through a living prophet, and that the Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, is the word of God. I have studied all aspects of the Church since then--its doctrines, its history, and its culture. I have engaged in careful and prayerful study of holy scripture, and my faith in God continues to grow day by day.

How I live my faith

The Mormon church has a lay clergy. In other words, the "pastor" or "minister" (what we call a bishop) is not paid for his work. I presently serve as the bishop for our local congregation, which we call a "ward". It is both challenging and fulfilling. In addition to my duties at home and my profession, I spend a fair amount of my time working in that capacity. I have also served as a Seminary teacher. Seminary is a program that helps the high school-aged youth in the Church learn about the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other books of scripture. The students and a teacher meet each morning before school for about an hour and study together. We met at 6:30 am. It was a challenge, but it was also incredibly rewarding. I have worked with, and continue to work with, the Boy Scouts organization. The Mormon church is a strong proponent of Scouting, and we encourage all young men to participate in the program and to strive to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. I enjoy music, so I have sung in our ward choir, and I even served as the choir director when I was in medical school.