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Hi I'm Brian

I'm married and with my wife am raising 4 energetic boys - life is never quiet! I love sports and my Savior and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a household where I was one of 8 children, 6 boys and 2 girls. We were always busy with something, usually sports. Growing up I played Baseball, Football and soccer and just loved being outside and competing and using the talents that I was given. Despite a large family, we were all involved in supporting one another. Some of my greatest joys was watching my siblings reach their goals and perform well. After completing college, working at a startup company for 5 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and then going to Business School, my wife and I have settled down and are raising a family of 4 energetic boys. They too love sports and our yearly calendar seems to be divided not by months, but by the sports seasons. One of the great joys is having the opportunity to coach my boys at different times as well as to watch them give their effort. Win or lose, the smile that is on their face when they are having fun is worth every minute of time spent with them. Truly my greatest joys in life have come from my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who raised me in the church from infancy. I found, however, that being 'born' in a religion wasn't nearly sufficient to sustain belief. That sustaining conviction had to come from within myself. As I grew physically I also grew spiritually. That growth was principle by principle, truth by truth, just as you build a home brick by brick. I had wonderful siblings who provided an example to me of service and of dedication to the Lord. As a child and a young man I observed the goodness in their lives and recognized the blessings they received and understood it was in part because of how they lived. As I got older and studied the teachings of the Savior, that same desire to serve him grew within me. As I served him and followed his teachings I felt uplifted and fulfilled. Not only that, but as I tried to keep the commandments, I felt his guidance in my life and came to realize that he really did know me and care for me. As I reach out to serve others, to try to follow the Savior's example and commandments, I have felt the Savior's power in my life. The truths taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help me to draw closer to my Savior Jesus Christ. As I draw closer to him, I am guided in all that I do in life. As parents, we daily seek help with raising our children, he provides that guidance to us. As an individual, I need guidance and direction, he provides that to me in his own time. I know that I have a loving Father in Heaven and a Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that they know me and love me, personally. This understanding provides meaning and purpose in my life and is the basis for all that I do and am.

How I live my faith

Opportunities abound for me to be about helping others - that's the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ - serving and helping, just as the Savior would. I have the chance to serve my family - before school each day we come together and spend time reading the scriptures and end with a family prayer. We, as a family, daily have an opportunity to learn the teachings of Jesus together and start our day of with those things that really matter the most - God and family. I currently assist the Bishop (congregational head) in many of his duties. Among the assistance I provide, I have the chance to be with the young men and young women who are 14 and 15 years old. We meet weekly on Sunday's to study the teachings of the Savior and learn the gospel, just as I did many years ago. We also meet once during the week to participate in different activities whether they be service projects, a scouting item or social event. I also enjoy getting to know these young friends and support them in their school and community endevours like sports or performing arts.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Brian
The Word of Wisdom is a revelation given by God to a prophet in these latter days. It is often referred to as a "law of health". It really is a revelation to help us avoid influences/addictions in our lives. As we avoid habit forming/addictive substances (tobacco, alcohol, drugs, etc) and as we use/consume healthy foods the Lord promises blessings of not only physical health, but mental and spiritual health. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Brian
The priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. Just as prophets and men of God anciently held the priesthood, so too do men hold the priesthood today. We know of Moses using the priesthood (which he received under the hand of Jethro his father-in-law) and of the miracles of Elijah and Elisha - all performed by the power of the priesthood. The miracles of the Savior, Jesus Christ were done by and through the power of the priesthood. Today the blessings of the priesthood are again on the earth. Show more Show less