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Hi I'm Brooks

I am a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering. I have a beautiful wife and two amazing children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most important part of my life (other than God) is my family. I've been married 4 years to my high school sweetheart and have loved every minute of it. We have two super cute kids. The first is a crazy and rambunctious 2 year old boy who loves anything with an engine. He can tell you all the different parts of an airplane or a helicopter and he's pretty concerned about which cars have engines in the front or the back. I also have the sweetest 2 month old daughter who is patient and loves to smile. My children can cause a lot of stress sometimes but nothing brings me more joy or makes me smile more than them. Another important part of my life right now is school. I'm a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Currently I’m in my 3rd year researching polymer nanocomposites. Since I was young I’ve been fascinated by airplanes and currently I’m very interested in auto racing and would love to create/research materials for those exciting machines. Other than family and school, I really enjoy sports. I won’t miss a Formula 1 race or a BYU football game. I also am very into music both playing and listening to it. When I can find time, I like to revisit my glory days and break out the skateboard although it’s usually a painful experience because I’m not as good as I used to be.

Why I am a Mormon

Most importantly, I’m a Mormon because I know the teachings and doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are true. I live by those teachings every day, and every day I feel closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. Christ’s gospel as taught by this faith brings me peace and helps me to feel my Father in Heaven’s love through the Spirit. Additionally, one of the things I love most about it, it just makes sense. I was raised in good Mormon home with parents who loved me and taught me the teachings of Jesus. Some may say that I’ve never experienced an outside perspective on Mormonism, but I believe that’s not true. At some point in my life, I had to decide for myself whether I wanted to be a Mormon, or in reality, a Christian. I feel very blessed because of my parent’s example of diligence in scripture study and prayer. When I finally decided it was time to make a decision for myself, I knew where to turn to find truth, God Himself, through the scriptures and communication with Him through prayer. I started to read the Book of Mormon carefully, which I had never really done before. Through my persistence, I began to notice differences in my life. I felt more at peace, my days seemed to be better and more fulfilling, and I began to love reading the scriptures. As I neared the end of the Book of Mormon, I read Moroni’s promise, Moroni 10:4-5. I was very familiar with this scripture, but had never prayed to know for myself before. As I knelt in prayer and asked the about the truthfulness of this work, I felt what I can be best described as love. I felt an intense love and warmth as if I was being given a hug. I know this was the Holy Ghost testifying to me the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I know it is from God. I know it is another testament of Jesus Christ along with the Bible. Through reading its pages I have come closer to my Father in Heaven and have come to know better my Savior, Jesus Christ, and all He has done for me.

How I live my faith

One aspect I love about the Mormon faith is how it focuses on the individual, and helping that individual grow closer to our Father in Heaven. I don’t wait around for church every week to have a spiritual experience. I strive every day to feel the Spirit and enhance my relationship with my Father in Heaven. I do this through prayer, scripture study from the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and through thought and meditation. I’m not perfect about this, but I try to be consistent by finding a routine to do my scripture studies, without making my studies routine. Additionally, my wife and I try hard to make our home a place where the Spirit can be felt and God’s love is present. We pray as a family, and do our best to teach our 2 year old about the scriptures and about Christ. There is nothing more touching than hearing him give his heartfelt prayer over the food and when he goes to sleep at night. Something the leaders of our church have instructed families to do is what we call Family Home Evening. Our family sets Monday night apart to spend this time where we talk about the gospel and share our testimonies of Christ, as well and play and have activities together. I feel this is an important activity for our family for us to grow closer together as well as to our Father in Heaven. In addition to my personal and home life, I am very active in church. Something I love about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is how it offers so many opportunities to serve. Everyone in the church is important and is given responsibilities to help the church run and serve those around us. The church is a family, and it has been such a blessing and given me opportunities to grow as I have served others within and outside of the church, as well as being served by others within the church. I feel that church is a fantastic opportunity to grow closer to our Father in Heaven as I hear other’s experiences and testimonies of Christ, and am also able to share my own.