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Hi I'm Brian

I consider the white mountains of Arizona home. Many things help define who I am, but my family is most important. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I attended elementary school through high school at the same school with the same friends which gave my great stability. I enjoyed playing little league baseball as a child and discovered a love for wrestling in Jr. high and high school. Wrestling gave me a self confidence and assurance while training me how to accomplish goals. I grew up in the cool mountains of Arizona during the winter and spent most of my summers in the hot deserts of Arizona and California. I and my 3 brothers and only sister were raised by my single mother who taught school to provide for us. She has been an anchor in my life and taught me by example, dedication, devotion, and love. At the age of 19 I served an LDS mission to Virgina for two years which was a pivotal experience in my life. I returned home to Arizona, married a beautify and devoted girl whom I knew since childhood; we started a family and began college while building a business and working at several jobs all at the same time. I eventually graduated from college with a degree in accounting and a masters in business administration, lots of work experience, and completely burned out. I currently operate my own tax and accounting business and work as an internal accountant for a local retail store. I have learned to balance work with play. I enjoy biking, going to the gym, and backpacking with my kids. Relationship with people are most important to me; especially my relationship with my family and my relationship with deity.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). My mother is Mormon, my grandparents are Mormon, many of my close friends are Mormons; it was and is a part of who I am and a part of my basic beliefs. I didn't however always believe without question that the Mormon church is Jesus Christ's restored church; my father left the church and denied the beliefs of the Mormon church, eventually becoming an ordained minister for another church. Obviously my father had a huge influence on me as a child so at a young age I had to discover if I believed what is taught in the Mormon church. I reasoned; if the teachings of the Mormon church is wrong and I live my life by the standards of the church when I die I may have missed out on some "fun" but I would still be in good standing with my God. However, if the teachings of the Mormon church are correct and I fail to live the standards then my standing with my God will be in jeopardy when I die. Using this logic I made a decision to follow the standards as taught in the Mormon church and my testimony of the principles of the Church have grown and solidified. Being raised in the church I often took it for granted but as I look back I realize I was exposed to the comfort and guidance of God's Spirit throughout my life. It was while preparing for my mission and during the experiences on my mission that my belief in the truthfulness of the Mormon church flourished. My belief of the principles an doctrines of the Church grew into a knowledge that the Mormon church is truly Christ's restored church on the earth today. I believe in my mind and I know through the feelings that are in my heart that the Mormon church is the stone cut out of the mountain without hands as Daniel saw in vision and this church will stand forever and never be left to other people. I am honored to be a part of Christ's church. The Mormon church is the only true church on the earth today. Christ's leads and guides this church.

How I live my faith

Everything I do centers around the teachings and doctrines of the Mormon Church. As an assignment from church leaders I served the youth as Scout Master for over a decade. I learned to love and respect the boys I worked with. I've also taught Sunday school and primary, worked with the Bishop who is the local leader in the Mormon church much like a pasture to organize his appointments and follow-up with assignments. I attend the temple to perform work for those who have not had the opportunity to receive ordinances themselves, such as baptism. I currently lead a group of men in organizing "home teaching" and service projects. Home teaching is a way was look after each other who are members of our church, each month we visit each others homes and become friends as we get to know each other and become aware of each others needs. The Mormon church, Christ's church, is my life. It is who I am and all I hope to become.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Brian
At first the thought of being baptized for the dead seems morbid, but in view of God's plan for His children to return to Him, the concept of baptism for the dead is fair and loving. Jesus Christ said "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Not everyone that has lived on the earth has had the chance to be baptized, so baptism for those that have died gives them an equal chance to "enter into the kingdom of God" and it shows the love our Heavenly Father for His children. When we do baptisms for those who have died, we are baptized for them in proxy or in place of them. The idea of proxy is not new, Jesus Christ's great sacrifice, called the atonement, was done in proxy for all of us. Christ suffered and died to pay the price of sin and pain because we could not do it for ourselves. Likewise, baptism for the dead is a service performed for those who have died who can no longer be baptized themselves. Show more Show less