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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a systems engineer in the Rocky Mountain west. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the father of six, the grand-father of twenty, and husband to the same wonderful woman since the early 1970's. Family is very important to me. I want to live with them forever. I enjoy traveling to see loved ones, spending time under the stars, and enjoying the vast expanses of the American West. I enjoy relaxing with a good book, spending a night in the woods, and have fond memories of old west adventures on horseback in the Wyoming high country. I and my family have lived in the United States of America from coast to coast, and north to south. Each stop has been a new adventure as we explored the area and collected friends at each stop. I have worked as a paperboy, a security guard, a grocery store clerk, a US Air Force sergeant and captain, a principal software engineer, a systems engineer, a national lab technical director, an independent consultant, and more. I'm still living the dream.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with a strong belief and faith that God loved me as an individual, and knew that Jesus Christ was the only begotten of a Heavenly Father. When our first child was born, my wife and I had a strong desire to find a church where we would both be comfortable, and also believe what the church stood for and what it taught. In the midst of our search, we had an opportunity to listen to a message from two wonderful women who had knocked on our door. Their message was simple yet powerful. Over a short time, I came to know that what they were teaching was true. So many of the concepts they taught I had always believed. Not only did I believe that living the precepts of the Church would be valuable for our young family, I also knew without a doubt that the gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored to the earth with all the necessary authority and saving ordinances. We have always looked back on that decision of 30 some years ago with joy. We are now an eternal family, Jesus Christ is our Savior and His gospel has been restored to the earth. We may live with Him and our Father in Heaven when this earthly life is over. That is a glorious promise.

How I live my faith

Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints means you have ample opportunities to serve others. We are a church of do-ers. I've had a great time in the past helping those who are unemployed or under-employed improve their skills in searching for and securing a job. Whether it is preparing a snappy resume that quickly advertises their accomplishments, preparing an "elevator speech" to impress a potential employer within 30 seconds, or building a network of contacts to help in their job search activities, helping others in a time of great stress was just as rewarding to me. I've also had multiple opportunities over the years to lead organizations of lay priesthood that both administer the gospel of Jesus Christ, and minister to the members of the flock. One way we 'take care of our own' is to regularly visit the members of our congregation to assess their well-being. It is most humbling to have the opportunity to bless the sick, help people meet their spiritual and temporal needs, and witness countless miracles in people's lives.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Brian
Absolutely not. Many Church members are active participants in community activities including the political process, and Latter-day Saints can be found actively supporting candidates in all major political parties. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Brian
Yes, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are Christians. Jesus Christ, God's Only Begotten, is the Savior of the world. We worship Him, we pray in His name. We try to live our lives patterned after His perfect, sinless life. He suffered for our sins, was crucified, and arose from the grave overcoming death. Though we sin and die, we may live again because of His Atoning sacrifice. Are we Christians? Absolutely. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Brian
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God..." As no unclean thing can enter into the presence of God, there is a need for a Mediator to pay the price for our sins. If we repent of our sins by turning away from them, and ask for forgiveness, and keep the commandments of God, we may become clean and pure. This is only possible because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, when he suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, and died on the cross, and arose on the third day - thus overcoming death. He is our Mediator, our Savior, our Redeemer. Show more Show less