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Hi I'm Brian

I run a legal support business, I love living in Colorado, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large Mormon family. I was the eighth of twelve children and one might think it unlikely for me to ever have had any time to myself with so many kids in one house. On the contrary, we all went different directions, all of us pursuing different activities. Some of my earlier memories include tramping through the woods near our home on Grand Island in New York with my brother playing "Daniel Boone and Indians", fetching fresh corn on the cob from a nearby farmer, picking wild strawberries, practicing with the summer High School Archery Team when I was seven years old, going to Beaver Island for family picnics, and going to the Niagara River by bike with my sister and playing the trumpet. Eventually, I ended up in the Denver area where my parents were both born. We were living in Castle Rock when at seventeen years of age I determined to figure out exactly whether or not I believed what my parents had been teaching me all of those years. After two years and awesome experiences as a missionary in Chile I came back to Colorado to work my way through College. It took me eight years as a working student, taking jobs anywhere from a truck driver, to warehouse worker, to file clerk. But a few months after graduation I had my school loans paid off. Now, I am a single dad of 5 children, 3 boys who still live with me and I truly love being their dad. I run my own business and I work hard to achieve my goals. But nothing compares with spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17 years old, I asked that same question. Clearly the world lives differently and has different values of right and wrong. It looked easier to just do what the world does. But, my parents had done a good job of teaching me the scriptures and no matter what behavior I might have liked to rationalize there was always a scripture being quoted in the back of my head somewhere that made it clear to me how God viewed the world. But I wanted something more tangible than just quoted scriptures for a basis in which direction I should go in life. I knew from my understanding of the scriptures that if I wanted to know something that I was going to have to ask. And if I was going to ask, I needed to make it real; make it come from my heart. It was in a quiet moment of prayer (one of many) that God's spirit spoke to me and gave dimension to his love for me and settled the question for me once and for all. This knowledge didn't spare me from making some poor choices in life or from enduring real challenges, but it did help me in overcoming the consequences for my wrong choices and in gaining strength so that I could more easily handle troubled times. I am now stronger for the adversity I have endured. It was the living of life that gave me the opportunity to grow my faith through the experiences in which God shared his spirit with me, when he intervened, that confirmed to me that he is there, that he cares, and that we are not alone. He will always be there to guide us if we really want him too.

How I live my faith

In the church we all are called to do something. Over the years I have taught all ages in Sunday School, I have been a Cub Master, a Boy Scout leader, I have done church administrative work, and I currently am in charge of supervising the membership in maintaining the chapel and the grounds. I have been active in teaching about the importance of protecting the constitutional law of our country and in making sure that my voice is heard in our community. But the most important way I live my faith is to make sure that the Lord has a place in my home and that my sons know that he has a plan for them that will ensure their happiness. I am committed to teaching them that no matter how many people or events may disappoint us, let us down or attempt to distract us or mislead us, that we can always have a steady life line to hold onto in Christ.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Brian
We don't drink those things as a result of a divine warning that was given to members of the church as a "word of wisdom". Avoiding those substances are part of a minimal expectation of healthful living according to advice we believe was given to us by God. In this "word of wisdom" a significant reason God gave for giving his advice to us was as a warning of the "consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days. He also said that the advice was tailored for even the weakest among us. Beyond this one can only speculate what those evils and designs might be and who we might consider as the "conspiring men". I personally have my own opinions as to the dangers that are possible in the world of alcohol and recreational drug use and I can see how avoiding those substances can also help one avoid much of what is negative in our culture relating to them. But, even beyond directing us to avoid the obvious vices so readily available in our society today, the advice of the Word of Wisdom goes even further to directing us to gain greater personal wisdom in selecting food for our diets and in the proper use of herbs. We are told in all of this, that as we follow this advice we will be blessed with greater health and spiritual blessings as a result. I believe this to be true. Show more Show less