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Hi I'm Brian

I have an amazing wife and 2 wonderful kids. I play and teach music and manage a music publishing company. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up playing lots of sports and music. During high school I chose music as my primary focus. With a Masters in Jazz Pedagogy, I have the opportunity to work in a number of musical areas. In a nutshell, I do music business, teaching, and performing. While I love my job, I love being with my wonderful family even more. I am so blessed to have an incredible wife who is so very loving and supportive. Not only is she an amazing companion, she is also the world's best step-mom! My 2 kids absolutely adore her and we could not be luckier. As a family, we love to play and watch football together. We have games in our backyard, complete with offensive and defensive plays. We even have our favorite NFL teams that we like to root for. Another favorite activity for our family is going camping. We love being out in the woods and planning fun meals that we can cook over a campfire or in the dutch oven.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a very active Christian home. However, becoming a Mormon was the farthest thing from my mind. I thought Mormon's were strange, weird, and, quite frankly, being duped by some elaborate hoax. You could say that until I actually searched and investigated the LDS church, I was rather anti-Mormon. The funny thing about looking back on how anti-Mormon I was is that I knew quite a few Mormon's and thought that most all of them were some of the best people I knew. When I got to college, my personal relationship with the Lord slipped as I started to make poor decision with my life. This cycle deepened and progressed throughout my 20's until there was almost no outward recognizable features that I was a Christian. Despite my poor judgments, the grace and mercy of our Lord transcends all! Into my life came an angel that I am now blessed to call my wife. When we started to consider dating, both of us were a little timid due to our extreme differences. After all, she was a Mormon! I specifically told her that I was not interested in her church and that I didn't want her to attempt to convert me. I went away for the weekend on work just after my "don't convert me" speech. Unknown to me, when I returned she had plans to break things off. But in between that time, the Lord stepped in. On my return trip home from work, a 4.5hr drive, I was, at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances, giving a ride home to one of my co-workers....a Mormon! During our drive, he shared with me his testimony of the Gospel and how it changed his life (he was a convert). I was so moved by the impact and undeniable truthfulness of his testimony that I began to investigate the church. Meanwhile, by beautiful wife supported my investigation and honored my request to not try and convert me. Now, I am a Mormon! My life has drastically changed for the better and I love my Savior so much for His sacrifice and endless love He has for me.

How I live my faith

Our family loves to attend church each Sunday. It is a highlight of our week. In this world of crazy busyness, we cherish our Sunday's together. Spending time as a family going to church and enjoying the entire day together is such a great way to spend the Sabbath! Our Heavenly Father knew what He was doing when He gave us a day of rest and devoted worship! One of my favorite things to do is to go out with the missionaries and participate in teaching people in our community about the Gospel. Being a convert myself, it is such a joy to see other people earnestly seeking the truth! In my ward, I have a calling that I enjoy very much. It is called "ward clerk". Essentially that means I help keep track of what the bishopric (ward spiritual and welfare leaders) is doing and assist them in whatever ways they may need. I also help keep track of ward finances and ward members' information. In this calling I have been given many opportunities to serve our ward members, which in turn has blessed my life richly! It also allows me to see the countless acts of service given by ward members as they truly strive to live as Christ taught us to live: to serve others. Before accepting the Gospel, it was virtually impossible to see Jesus Christ reflected in my life. I now strive to always live a life in which Jesus is, hopefully, very evident in my daily actions. I love my Savior!