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Hi I'm Brian.

I'm a software engineer. I enjoy trail running and cooking. I'm engaged to the most amazing woman I know. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being active and making things. Career-wise, I've studied everything computer from transistors to artificial intelligence; I love the beauty in the details. On the side, I love food and cooking, and I'm slowly working towards my dream of creating an Italian dinner from the "ground up" -- literally growing, raising, harvesting, and shaping every morsel of the meal from my own backyard. I also love trail running and the feeling of freedom it brings. I'm a recent convert to the church. (More on why below.) I'm also engaged and looking forward to getting married in just a few short months!

Why I am a Mormon

I started my journey to becoming Mormon just over a year ago, and I now know that my decision to join the church was one of the best, and most pivotal, choices of my life. The winter before this one, I had a chance to meet up with a friend from high school. As we were talking, the subject of religion came up, and I asked my friend why she was Mormon. She explained God's plan of salvation and the importance of temple marriage -- how families could be together forever. The fact that families were forever struck me as inherently true; it seemed unquestionable to me that I would be with my family even after death. However, I also realized that I had never encountered doctrine that discussed this. So, I decided to start investigating the church. Someone once told me that joining the church was like running blindfolded through a series of brick walls. My experience can attest to the truth of this metaphor. I spent many months with her talking about the church, asking difficult and often esoteric questions, reading books, and studying the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. Often, I had difficulty understanding some of the gospel's principles. But I never let my end goals -- finding out if Jesus is my savior and if the Book of Mormon is true -- out of my sight, and I persisted until I received an answer. After many months, I received testimony that Christ was my savior. Soon thereafter, I received witness that the Book of Mormon was true. Since starting my search, God has blessed my life beyond my imagination and capabilities. Through Christ's atonement, I have healed from past transgressions and overcome personal struggles of which I had previously been unable to break free. My Heavenly Father has blessed me with my fiancee, the lady in this narrative, whom I love dearly and will marry in the temple within a few short months. God's work in my life and in the lives of those around me testifies to me of our church's truth. My life has never been better.

How I live my faith

I try to serve others. I visit and talk with family, friends, and members of the church, and I try to do things for them that will make them feel loved. I spend time tutoring each week. I've served in church in various roles from cooking for get-togethers to teaching classes on the gospel. It brings me joy to see my actions brighten other people's days.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Brian.
Yes! Our church is fundamentally built on Christ, the same Christ that all other Christians accept as their Savior. The Bible tells us about the life and times of Jesus Christ, and we accept it as true. We also have another book, the Book of Mormon, that tells us about God's and Christ's dealings with ancient Americans, and regard this as a compliment to the Bible. Show more Show less