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Hi I'm Brough

I spent the first twenty years of my life in Southern California and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I was raised in Southern California in a family of five. My parents worked hard and provided opportunities for me and my brother and sister to attend college. We had been taught to work hard, respect others and be kind. I served a mission for the LDS Church in the Northwestern United States when I was twenty and upon completing the mission attended college. I met and married my sweetheart when I was midway through college. The VietNam war was going on at this time and the "draft" had changed many a young mans plans to complete college so I enrolled in Army ROTC at the University and then after two years graduated and went in the military. I left the military to settle down with my growing family and be around extendd family in Arizona. I spent my working years in the Insurance industry as a Agent serving some of the finest people I have ever met. I retired after twenty seven years as an isurance agent and from the military over twenty five years. Retirement has given me opportunities to learn and participate in many new interests. My wife and I have been married for over 44 years and have five children and 12 (soon to be 14) grandchildren. I have enjoyed many acitivities in the past (boating, camping, construction, people and seeing places), I now spend most of my time in church service and with family. I still enjoy road trips with my wife to see family and historic places in the neighboring states. We recently returned from a trip to Texas and visiting interesting places.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess I am a Mormon becuase I was born into the church with both parents and all four grandparents being members. Early in my life I prayed to God for answers to important questions and I felt He answered them with answers I could understand. As I grew my questions grew and my prayers continued to be answered. I remember asking for help to understand challenges I faced and feelings of comfort and calmness came. I knew early in life the God listened to my prayers and if I would listen for His answers they would come as I was ready and willing to accept them. The years have passed quickly and life has been beautiful to me. Always the teaching of the church have given me a spiritual foundation to build on. These same teaching have helped me as decisions became more complex in raising a family and working with others, but always I found a peace in following the teachings of Jesus as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know how blessed I have been by my active membership in the church and striving to keep the commandments of God. My family, both immediate and extended, are my greatest blessings. It is within my home that i find the strength to proceed forward in my faith. Although the children have grown to have families of their own, I treasure the memories of their youth in my heart and love to be with them whenever possible. With my wife we share the blessings of family and the faith in Christ which promises peace in this life and hope in the world to come. I am a Mormon today because I have endeavored to live the faith, to seek guidance in my prayers and studies, and because I have a living testimony of the truth of the Gospel as restored through the Prohpet Joseph Smith. To me the Gospel is not a Sunday endeavor, but a twenty four seven plan for living a productive and positive life. I have asked God, our Heavenly Father, if the Gospel is true and feel within my heart His warm positve answer. I know by the Spirit the church is true!

How I live my faith

I participate in church activities throughout the week, endevoring to do all I can to support my family and friends in obtaining their goals. I teach a Sunday School class each week which has some of the most wonderful teenagers in the world as students. They are good young people and give me much to think about in their questions. I enjoy meeting with the adults and participating in the learning process, especially do I like to hear their stories of how they know the Gospel is true. Each story helps me be stronger in living a more fulfilling life. My weekly journy allows me to meet many people and I so enjoy each of them. I try to treat others like I would want to be treated and truly care about their welfare. When I help others I feel better myself and my heart is warm and full of love. It is through service to these other people that I have recieved the answers to many of my prayers. As I love everyone for who they are I feel I am doing what Jesus would want me to do and I am happier. Living the teachings of Jesus, which I have learned through participating in church activities, gives me strength in times of need and enough to share with those around me. It is in this sharing that my faith is strengthened and my joy increased. To live for and to help others is one of the greatest joys of life and brings countless blessings everyday. I desire to continue growing and learning more about Jesus and building my faith as I go. My life is full of love and joy towards others. I have so very much to be thankful for.