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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a law student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a big family of 8! I love my family and though there's lots of folks with small families now days, I am a huge proponent of big families! I was able to serve a mission for my church in the gorgeous country of Chile where I met some of the most amazing people who let me into their lives. While I was there, I decided that the world needs more leaders that have good solid moral standards. I think there is great good that one can make in countless lives who people can look up to and know where they stand. I wanted a career where I could uphold these standards and have a high level of influence for good. I also wanted a job where I could always be learning and increasing my knowledge. In the end, I decided, why not a judge? Since then I have set my eyes toward law and that has made all the difference. That goal has propelled me to new heights I would have never dreamed. I interned on Capitol hill for the Senate Majority Leader and now I am in law school on my path to increase my knowledge as well as working toward being the model person that people can look up to. I have my work cut out! But I know when it's all said and done, that's what it's all about. Working on being my best self and helping others around me be their best selves.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this Church but even though I was born into this Church didn't mean that I had to stay in this Church. When I was in the eighth grade everyone around me started polarizing. Kids started to do things that I knew were against my what I was taught. I was at a dividing point. I could either follow them or stay with what I was taught. I remember there were many times during that period that lots of people would get up during Church and talk about the importance of getting your own personal testimony and not relying and just what you were told. They talked about reading the Book of Mormon and then afterward praying to know if it was true. I knew that I had to figure out for myself if the Church or true or if I was just wasting my time, so I started to read the Book of Mormon. I thought that I had to read it cover to cover and then pray after. It took a while, but I was diligent and kept at it. There were times when I wanted to know before I finished, so there were several times when I did pray to know if it was true or not. I remember nights kneeling next to the side of my bed pleading to know if it was true or not. But I didn't get an answer. Finally, one day I was supposed to go to basketball tryouts, but also that night there was a Church youth activity. I love basketball. But deep down inside me something told me that I needed to go to that activity. During the activity, I found some alone time where I could read the Book of Mormon. I started to read the part when Christ visited the Americas shortly after his resurrection. While I read the passages it was so clear in my mind as day that Jesus Christ lived and he really did visited the Americas. The feeling was so strong that it overwhelmed me. I felt so much peace and joy and I felt the ever closeness of my Savior. I have never forgot that feeling. It has left a lasting impression on me and now I can say that I know for myself that this is the Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have come to learn that all this Church is for is to lead people to Christ. Not only to lead people to him, but to be more like him and be his disciples. I have also learned an important secret about life as of late. The secret ingredient to happiness. Everyone in this world is searching for it. Everyone wants to be happy. I know what it takes to be happy. I know that ANYONE can be happy EVERYDAY of their lives. The secret ingredient is forgetting yourself and serving others. I started to really put this to a vigorous test about four months ago. EVERYDAY I prayed that I would touch someone's life that day. Everyday that prayer was answered. Everyday I felt joy in the service I did. All my troubles washed away and I just felt sheer joy. It wasn't even big acts of service that I did. It was really just an accumulation of little acts of service that lead to happiness. Just talking to someone and smiling goes a long way. Everyday I pray that I can be more like my savior and everyday I am taught things on how I can be more and more like him. The growth I have made as a person in these past four months have been astonishing. I wouldn't trade the things I have learned for anything thing in the world. I have learned the formula for happiness and I can choose to be happy and I am happy every single day. Don't believe me? Try it. The Church of Jesus Christ is setup in a way that the opportunities for service are endless. The Church is run by all the members and every member has a responsibility, which allows them to serve others and tap into that fountain of happiness and more importantly, the fountain of truth, Jesus Christ. I know that this is His Church. I know that he created it specifically as a training center on how we can be more like Him. I know that as Jesus Christ promised, if we draw near unto him, he will draw near unto us. I know that the tools to draw near to him have been restored today and anyone, anywhere can find happiness everyday.

What is faith?

Brian
Faith is believing in a hopeful future and then working toward that future. Increasing ones faith is done by hearing the word of God and then acting on what they hear. For example, if I was to say that the Book of Mormon was a book written by ancient prophets that lived on the American continent and that one could draw closer to God by reading it and praying to know if it is true, you would have to act on it. Those actions would lead to increasing faith and understanding. By praying about the book you would know of its truth and you would gain a clearer picture on a brighter future and what you can do to have a brighter future. Faith is increased by acting on what God directs. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Brian
Baptism is the first step to following the Savior. Show more Show less