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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a marine biologist, a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a member of a university faculty for more than 20 years. In this position, I teach, work with students and actively pursue interesting research questions (all activities I thoroughly enjoy). I am currently studying the ecology of marine animals in our changing climate. If given a choice, I would prefer to be on or in the water. I enjoy boating, scuba diving and hobby photography. My amazing wife and I have been married for 28 years. We have 5 children, 2 sons-in-law and 2 grandchildren. Our family members and our relationships with each other are the most important things in our lives. I enjoy serving in the church. I spent 2 years as a full-time missionary in France and continue to serve wherever I can.

Why I am a Mormon

The church has always been a major part of my life. My parents taught us the principles of the gospel from our youth and centered our lives on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Our home was filled with laughter, fun, security and a great deal of love for one another. I grew up knowing the importance of family and the joy that comes from living together the principles taught in the scriptures. While I was taught gospel principles from my youth, there came a time when I had to discover for myself that they were really true. The teachings of Christ made sense to me, and I saw the happiness that came from living them, but I desired a personal witness of the divinity of Jesus Christ. That witness, which came through study of the the Book of Mormon (Another Testament of Jesus Christ) and the Bible and through personal prayer, has been affirmed many times since. The principles taught in the scriptures and through the programs of the church make me a better citizen, employee, friend, husband and father. The atonement of Jesus Christ provides opportunities for us to improve ourselves and experience the joy that comes from striving to follow his example.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good husband and father, working to make sure our home is a place of safety and security. I try to ensure that my wife and children know I love them, value them, appreciate them and take seriously the responsibility I have for them. My wife and I are partners in our efforts to make the teachings of Jesus Christ the foundation of our home. We are far from perfect, but we keep working at it. I currently work with the 12 - 18 year old youth in the church. I help them plan and carry out activities tailored specifically to their interests and needs. These include dances, youth conferences, service activities, sports days and socials of various kinds. I have worked as a volunteer in the Boy Scouting program for many years, spending numerous days and nights hiking and camping with groups of young men and other leaders. While keeping up with everything requires a lot of time and energy, I find it extremely satisfying to interact with these remarkable young men and young women. They make a difference in their homes, their schools and their communities. It is a privilege to learn with them and from them.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Husband and wife are equal partners in the family, committed to honoring, serving and supporting one another. They share responsibility for running the home. Unity between the husband and wife is essential to creating a stable, loving atmosphere in which children thrive. Both should be actively involved in caring for, teaching and nurturing their children. The marriage covenant includes a promise to love and care for one another. Doing so sets the stage for a successful home and family. Show more Show less