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Hi I'm Brian

I grew up in So. California and not a Mormon. I joined the church at age 19. I play golf and work as a consultant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm the father of four great kids and married to an amazing woman. I currently live in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. I have lived in Rancho Cucamonga, CA; New Jersey, San Jose, CA; Provo, UT; and Austin, TX. I work in litigation consulting and spend my free time (whenever I have any) playing golf, gardening, and building computer animated Christmas light displays. Growing up in Southern California, I played soccer and golf. My family enjoyed going to the beach and Lake Havasu to boat and water ski. I have two great parents, although they are divorced now, and a wonderful sister. I did not grow up in a "religious home." We would go to a Lutheran church occasionally. I speak Spanish fairly well and at one point, I was fluent in Portuguese as well. I love the Brazilian and Latin cultures of the world. The food, language, and people are terrific.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Southern California not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was in high school, I decided I needed to figure out what I believed in for myself. My best friend happened to be a Mormon and I began to quiz him on his religion. He invited me to youth socials, to play basketball on their church team, and occasionally to early morning seminary. Over the course of two years (senior year in high school and freshman year in college), I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. I continued to ask questions and grew in my knowledge of the church. After two years of investigating the church, I was praying one Saturday morning in my dad's apartment to know if I should follow the example of the Savior and be baptized by immersion. I had prayed about it before, but it wasn't until this day that I felt like I had the spiritual promptings to go ahead and be baptized. I was baptized two weeks later and confirmed a member of the church. I was 19 years old at the time and after three weeks, I received the Aaronic Priesthood and my first calling as a Sunday School teacher to 16-17 year olds. Three months after baptism I received my patriarchal blessing. This blessing has been a treasure to me in my life. Six months later I received the Melchizedek Priesthood and after one year, I entered the temple to receive my endowment. At the time I was baptized, I didn't have plans to serve a mission, but after one year I had a desire to serve. I served my mission in New Jersey and spoke Spanish and Portuguese. I lay out these steps in my "conversion" to highlight the point that why I'm a Mormon today is a result of taking each of these steps. My faith and testimony have been strengthened as I have followed the Savior and his teachings. I am so grateful for this church. It has made my good life at the time, an exceptional and sweeter one today.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each and every day. I'm not a Sunday-only Mormon, I'm a daily Mormon who is FAR from perfect. I make mistakes, but I repent and do better the next day. For me, daily scripture reading is a must for me to keep my life in "balance." If I slack off on that at all, life doesn't seem to be going as smoothly. The other thing that helps me week in and week out is observing the Sabbath (Sunday) properly. I grew up outside of the church where I used to shop, play sports, and go to sporting events. Today, I don't work or study (when I was in school) on Sunday nor do I go to events, play sports, or shop because that means I'm making someone else have to work. I stay home, play with my kids, hang out with my wife and attend church. Sundays for me are relaxing and they help me "recharge" my battery for the coming week. I have served in various assignments in the church. Some have taken up to 20 hours a week and others only an hour. Regardless of the time I spend, I find that time very enriching and edifying. The quickest way for me to forget my problems temporarily is to go and serve in my calling or church assignment. There is something therapeutic about forgetting yourself and serving others. The great thing about the Church is that it is one BIG service organization. Nearly everyone in the church has a calling/assignment to serve. The church provides us all with so many ways to serve that you really don't find anywhere else.