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Hi I'm Brian Melcher

I'm a die-hard Notre Dame football fan. I served a mission in Cambodia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've worked in construction since I was young and have had great friends and mentors along the way. I am now a consultant for an engineering firm to large construction projects. I missed the hands-on building I used to do and started woodworking in my garage. It's a hobby that's taken over the two car garage! I have 5 brothers and 1 sister and I'm getting used to all their new spouses, it's been a big change in our family dynamic that for some reason I never anticipated. They each bring something new to our family but also bring out the best in my siblings. I married the girl of my dreams after years of gentle, thought not subtle, persuasion. We've been married for 8 years and friends for 14 years. There weren't many surprises when we were first married and we spend the time traveling and having fun. We even visited Cambodia, where I served as an LDS missionary for two years. She was 4 months pregnant with our first and it was definitely and adventure! We have a boy and a girl now and they look like our little clones. We love seeing them grow up and interact but still make time to spend together as a couple.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents decided to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was only 3 years old. At the time it was just me and my older brother who was 9. In talking with my parents, they've told me they weren't really searching for a church at the time. I attended pre-school with one of our neighbors and our parents became friends. As my parents became interested in some of their family activities and the way they were raising their kids, they told my parents they were Mormon and my parents wanted to know more. Later my parents told the minister at their church that they had met some Mormons. Soon they received a great deal of attention from the minister and a lot of reading material against the Mormons. This launched my Dad into action, there was nothing he loved more than to research something to death. With his Bible, a Book of Mormom he had just received and piles of brochures he went to work. What happened next I recently learned from our old neighbors, as my father passed away 10 years ago and I don't recall hearing this part from him. I'm told he came to my neighbors house with pages and pages of notes and had come to one primary conclusion, "I don't know who Joseph Smith is, but I know he is a prophet of God. What more can you tell me about him?" After that he learned that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, which is a book that goes alondside the Bible as another testament of Jesus Christ. I was baptized when I was 8 years old and learned and gained faith as I grew. I know through my own experience that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is a true book that has changed my life forever. When I was 20 I served a mission in Cambodia where I taught a wonderful people who had often never heard of Jesus Christ before. I am too stubborn to have ever been one to take my parents word for, well, just about anything. But when I hear their story, I feel what they felt, I feel that it is true.

How I live my faith

I travel quite a bit for work and find myself with new people on jobsites and especially on planes. Oh, those poor people who sit next to me and end up talking to me during the flight instead of relaxing. I decided some time ago that I wanted those I met to know of the happiness and peace my faith brought to me. It seemed like a hard thing to get out on a 45 minute flight, it seemed hard even with 3 or 4 hours on plane. It didn't take long talking with others to find out how much we all have in common. Especially with little kids around, it seems they've been using the same tricks on parents for years. As I teach the 4 year olds at church on Sunday, I had even more funny stories to relate. I found it wasn't hard to mention briefly that I was Mormon and continue on. It doesn't seem like much, especially as I write it, but the goal wasn't really just to tell people I was Mormon. My goal was to make sure I was always showing and living the peaceful, kind life that my faith teaches me. I think we all try to be the best versions of ourselves. I found that letting others know who I was and letting them decide what kind of person I was by my actions was the best way to let my faith shape my decisions.