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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a husband and father of 3 sons, a physics professor, a cub scout leader and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach physics at Brigham Young University. I specialize in the study of sound (acoustics). I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 6 years and earned my Ph.D. at Penn State. Away from work I spend much of my time playing with my 3 sons. We enjoy a "treasure" hunting game called geocaching. I'm a big sports fan and used to play many different sports, including volleyball at the college level. I've been happily married for 14 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon. I never had a reason to question whether it was the right church or not. Then as I turned 19 and started my 2 years as a missionary, I realized that I needed to really look further into whether I really believed the things this church teaches or not. As I learned what missionaries teach I realized that I needed to ask God himself whether these things were true. I did so and gained a very powerful, but personal answer to my prayer. As a scientist this church actually appeals to me quite a bit. I love that this church encourages you to question things and discover for yourself whether the doctrines are true. I get to apply principles of the scientific method as a core part of my relationship with God. Prophets in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon, and in our day often suggest that we should ask God for knowledge and that we should try out the things they teach in order to determine whether they are good doctrines or not. Just as scientists like to do the experiments themselves instead of blindly taking what another scientist has said as truth, we as followers of Christ as given the opportunity to find truth for ourselves from the source of all truth - God. I have had many choice personal experiences that have given me more than sufficient evidence that Jesus is my Savior and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His church restored again in our day just as He established it when He lived upon the earth.

How I live my faith

I have been asked to be a boy scout leader and gospel teacher for the boys ages 16-18 in my community as part of my service for the church. I enjoy exploring the wonders of nature that abound in Utah with these boys. I enjoy teaching them from my experiences and encouraging them to study out this gospel and find out for themselves whether God will really answer their prayers or not. I feel humbled to see how strong these boys are willing they are to serve people they don't even know. We have given service in a local food bank, done yard work for people not as able, and done eagle scout service projects for the community. I learn from their goodness and hopefully they are learning something good from me. Perhaps one of the best benefits for me is the opportunity to learn how these boys tick as someday my 3 boys will be this age and I am getting a head start on learning to parent this sometimes difficult and defining age for boys as they become men.