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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a software tester, an amateur sci-fi author, a Mega Man fan, and a Mormon.

About Me

I work as a software tester. I enjoy hanging out with my wife and goofing off with my kids. When I have time I also read science fiction/fantasy books and play the occasional video game (although they don't make them like they used to).

Why I am a Mormon

I remember asking my parents when I was young how it's possible to know that what the scriptures say is true. They explained that you can pray and receive inspiration from the Holy Ghost as an answer, but I wasn't really convinced. But I did pray about it, and they were right - I felt a sense of peace and assurance that I knew didn’t come from myself. That’s one of my favorite things about this church – that it provides a way to actually know that it is true, independent from what anyone else has said or written. It’s not empirical knowledge, in the sense of being able to pass it on to someone else and cause them to know. But it is just as real as that kind of knowledge – more real, really, because it comes directly from God. So that is how I know that this really is the Church of Jesus Christ and that the doctrine that it teaches is His doctrine.

How I live my faith

In my day-to-day life, living the gospel mostly means trying to find out how God wants me to live my life and doing that. It also means repenting of the mistakes I make - and there are a lot, so I'm grateful for that blessing. My current church calling involves teaching a group of young men each Sunday, I also serve as a "home teacher," which means I'm assigned with another priesthood holder to visit and take care of a few specific families. It's a great program that makes sure that everyone gets the individual care and attention they need from the church. And finally I try to teach my kids about the gospel and set a good example for them. We pray and read the scriptures daily and get together for a brief lesson every Monday night.