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Hi I'm Brian

I grew up in Southern California and now live in Bakersfield, CA. I enjoy cycling and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hobbies - backpacking - climbed Mt. Whitney twice, piano, road cycling. During bike season in my town (March to November) I try to ride about 75-100 miles a week. My goal is to do a Century ride. I grew up in Southern California and love to body surf. My definition of old age is as follows: If I am every unwilling to run full speed into the ocean between the months of April and October than I am officially old. Music has always been a big priority in our family. All our kids play at least two instruments. Our high school son picked the guitar as one of his instruments and loves classic rock. That means that all those old songs I got tired of hearing on the radio I get to keep hearing over and over again. It's like being in a Led Zepplin nightmare that never ends. I have worked in the financial services industry for the same company for almost 25 years. I attribute this longevity not to my own skills but to always being a full tithe payer. The promises found in the Old Testament in Malachi have greatly blessed our family.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was very young my Father was a non attending Baptist and my Mother was a non attending Mormon. One day my mom said to my dad, "our kids need some type of religion in their lives, whoever gets out of bed tomorrow (Sunday) is taking the kids to church". Guess who got out of bed? My mom, sister, and I became very active in the Mormon church. In my late teens I was approaching the age that most Mormon young men go on a church mission - 19. I decided I needed to know for myself if the church was really true. I prayed sincerely for many months and eventually received a witness through the power of the Holy Ghost that the church was true. Over the years my testimony has been a sustaining influence for me through difficult times. When Jesus stood before the Roman governor Pilate he was asked, What is truth? Throughout my life I have learned in powerful ways that truth resides in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. One of our church leaders said: "Sometimes during moments of solitude I hear truth spoken with clarity and freshness. Uncolored and untranslated it speaks from within myself in a language original but inarticulate heard only with the soul, and I realize I brought it with me, was never taught it, nor can I effectively teach it to another". This phrase expresses the core of testimony. Something deep inside of me recognizes truth in the teachings of the church. As I have participated in church functions the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me time and again the truthfulness of the church. Through the years I have learned that faith in Jesus Christ is at the root of my testimony. The Atonement really happened, the Savior truly died for the sins of the world and was resurrected. He is our advocate with the Father and and through faith and obedience we can return to God's presence and live forever with him and Jesus Christ as families.

How I live my faith

In the church we have the opportunity to serve without pay in various church positions or what we refer to as callings. One of my callings was teaching young children about the gospel. I also enjoyed singing the very simple, beautiful songs that are sung by our children. One of my favorites is "I'm Trying to be like Jesus". Another calling had me working with teenage young men. We took them on summer "high adventure" activities like rock climbing, rafting, hiking, and ocean kayaking. We also taught them service by helping out at the homeless shelter, doing yard work for widows, and assisting at Special Olympics and other related activities. We watch out for each other as each man and women in our congregation is responsible for visiting a few individuals and families per month. In this manner, all the members of a congregation have someone they can call if they are in need. By visiting members of the church in their homes and helping them I have tried to live my religion and follow the teachings of the Savior - "when you have done it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me". Living my faith has made me a better person than I would have been otherwise. When I have sacrificed for others I have been blessed in many ways. One night many years ago I was consumed with my own perceived problems. I went and visited with a women in our congregation that had a serious lung disease and was struggling to survive. I remember coming home realizing that my problems were insignificant and I had a renewed sense of gratitude for what the Lord had done for me. Living my faith has protected our family from the continued moral decay prevalent in today's world. I am grateful that the Lord's yardstick does not change for convenience, trends, or worldly opinions. "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brian
We revere and respect Joseph Smith as a prophet and for his role in restoring the Savior's church. We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God the Eternal Father and his Son Jesus Christ. The preeminent importance of the Savior can be found in the name of our church - The Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less