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Hi I'm Brandon

I love computer graphics, classical music, being outdoors, and reading a good book. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My fascination with computer graphics started with video games when I was younger. I learned to program because i wanted to know how to make those games. When my high school computer science teacher showed me a stack of proceedings from the main computer graphics conference, I was hooked. I wanted to make cool pictures like the ones I saw there. Eventually I would end up publishing papers in that same conference. I love to learn. I could be a career student if it paid well enough. Current topics of particular interest are the proper role of government, Austrian economics, and the institution of marriage. I also love science and history. I have a very long list of books and documentaries I hope to get to someday, but it only seems to grow longer. There just isn't time in the day to learn all I want to. That's mostly because I am the father of three little crazy boys who I love to death. These kids take a lot of time, but it is definitely worth it. They fill my life with smiles and laughter and bring me a lot of joy. They have a great mother who is my lovely bride and my companion through this life adventure.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because in the teachings of this church I find compelling motivation to be a better person. I find answers to the big questions of life: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? I find the power to overcome my more selfish tendencies, to get outside myself and to love and serve others. Ultimately I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I believe that its teachings are true. I know through a continual witness from God, that there is a God that loves us, that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem us from sin and to show us the way to live. This life is a precious gift through which we can learn and grow and become more like Him. To me it is not good enough for the teachings of the church to be some kind of inspiring mythology. It has to be real. At present we do not have the same capacity to obtain the kind of objective evidence of spiritual realities as we do for the physical world around us. Nevertheless we can obtain a confirmation from God that these things are true. That confirmation is subjective, so everyone must obtain the witness for themselves. I testify that that witness is real and available to all.

How I live my faith

My faith fundamentally alters my priorities. I take a longer-term view on life. I invest more in my family knowing that it is the foundation of my happiness here and hereafter. I feel compelled to use my precious time on earth more constructively. I also spend a lot more time in serving others than I would be naturally inclined to do otherwise. In the local congregation which I attend, I am responsible for about 40 men and their families. I meet with them individually on a regular basis. We spend time discussing their lives and their own service to others. I meet with those who are struggling with their faith or who have drifted away from the church. It is wonderful to get out with other people and get to know them on a personal level.