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Hi I'm Bryan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father, I'm a world traveler and cruiser, I'm a gardener and computer scientist, I'm a Star Trek and Disney-parks fan (and former cast member!) and I'm a Mormon. My life's ironies: I grew up in San Diego and don’t surf. I worked at Disneyland and I don’t have big ears. I lived in Las Vegas and don’t gamble. I was in the Air Force and I’m not a pilot I lived in Utah and don’t ski. I’m married to a Frenchwoman and don’t drink wine I live in Seattle and I don’t drink coffee. I worked at Microsoft and I’m not a millionaire. I’m a Latter-day Saint but I'm not a Republican I have Parkinson's but I'm happy because the Lord has a plan for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending churches of other faiths, Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran. The people were kind and friendly and I especially loved activities such as Vacation Bible School. The Methodists gave me my first Bible when I was 12 or 13 and which I read through in its entirety. I felt good about going to church but always wondered about serious questions: where did I come from? If my parents had not married and conceived me, would I even exist? What was I before I was born? Was I anything? What are we going to do in the afterlife for ever and ever? What about people who had never heard of Christ? What would happen to them? Was truth relative or were there absolute truths that applied to everyone, at all times, everywhere? I didn't ask these questions of anyone but the churches I went to never spoke about them in any case. When I was almost 17 I had several LDS friends who started talking to me about the Gospel and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I didn't ask them the questions I had but they answered them anyway. I attended church with them and had gospel discussions at their home and with the missionaries, where I learned that the LDS Church had the answers to where I had come from, why I was here and where I was going. They taught me that the Lord loves all of his children, no matter when or where they lived, and had a plan for all of them and a way for all to return to live with him. They taught me that my existence was not an accident of timing or biology but that I was a son of a Heavenly Father. As we talked of these things, I felt like my head was full of light, and like I was remembering something I had known before, but had forgotten. It all made perfect sense to me and fit into place. I knew it was true and the Lord has confirmed to me many times in my heart and in my mind that it is true. I have now raised two sons in the LDS Church and have seen the tremendous blessings in their lives, too.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints permeates every aspect of my life. While I am not a perfect member, I enjoy going to church and have had many opportunities to serve. I have taught children, youth, been a cub scout den leader, been president of the Sunday School, served as the ward clerk and served as a full-time missionary. I enjoy singing in our ward (congregation) choir and in our stake choir (group of local congregations). In fact, the music of the Church has provided many of my most spiritual moments. I enjoy visiting with other members (I'm naturally gregarious any ways and find it easy to talk to complete strangers) and attending church socials and activities. I have had opportunities to render service to others and now find myself on the receiving end of such kind service, some of it rendered anonymously, since I have had trouble doing my yard work, for example, due to Parkinson's. It's not always easy being a Latter-day Saint, but it is rewarding and worth it. The Lord asks much of us but returns blessings a hundred-fold on our heads.