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Hi I'm Bryan

I'm a Mormon; married 40 years this summer to my wonderful sweetheart.

About Me

The first 12 years of my life were spent on a farm in Southeast Idaho. My father developed Farmers Lung which required a move to a dryer climate in Arizona. My early interests were in Law Enforcement so took Criminal Justice classes for a semester in College prior to a call to serve a full time mission in Hong Kong for 2 years. Near the end of the two years, I wrote a letter to J. Edgar Hoover who was the Director of the FBI in 1970 and received back a letter of encouragement to pursue a degree and a career with the FBI. After returning from Hong Kong where I grew to love the Chinese people, my studies continued in Criminal Justice for another semester, while working for a masonry contractor and attending classes. An opportunity came from a respected individual to come and manage a small supply company for him. After much thought about my degree I decided to drop out of school my sophmore year and work as a partner with him full time. This small construction supply company grew into rebar fabrication, where many close friendships developed with loyal customers over the years. The opportunity to bond and develop trusted relationships with suppliers helped the company grow and be competitive. Thirty six years of my life were spent as an owner with my brother associating with the construction industry and developing two patents, for products used in concrete foundations.

Why I am a Mormon

As a boy scout and explorer scout, I was blessed with dedicated men as leaders who gave of their time and means to be with us and take us camping, and set an example of faithful fathers and husbands. Watching them and my own mother and father live their religion and practice what they taught established a foundation of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ which was the way I was raised. By reading the Book of Mormon which tells in great detail obout the life and teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ, I have come to establish for myself a testimony that Jesus Christ gave his life for us and atoned for our sins if we would repent and follow him. As I listen to and read talks given by our Prophet and the Apostles, a burning comes into my being that testifies that what they are teaching is true, that God our Father does live and knows each one of us as individuals. The programs and teachings in the Restored Church of Jesus Christ helped me as a Father raise 7 children, where six of either my sons or sons-law are serving in Church callings where they can influence the youth they serve with. Having a dedicated wife of 40 years is a blessing in our home as she has common beliefs and is a faithful wife, mother and grandmother to 22 grandchildren.

How I live my faith

Giving back to the community has been an opportunity as I have served as a board member of a local YMCA, and as an advisory board member to two industry groups. At the tender age of 29, a calling came to me from Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City to serve as a Bishop of a congregation of over 800 members of the Church. We serve in Church callings without pay as we continue our careers and balance our responsibilities as husbands and fathers. The normal length of service for a Bishop is about 5 1/2 years, then other service opportunities come. At age 57, I took early retirement as my wife and I received a mission call to serve as a senior couple in Hong Kong, with the specific assignment of audit training for the local members of the Church in Asia. What a blessing this was to again return where almost 40 years earlier I had served the Church as a young missionary for two years. Our 18 month assignment took us to Mongolia, Taiwan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia as were able to work with the local members in teaching them about tithing donations from members and the correct method of bank deposits along with appropriate uses of the fast offering donations. We had been home about six months when another missionary call came allowing us to live at home and serve again for 18 months as directors of the Homeless and Transient Center in Mesa. 81 percent of those we assisted were not of the Mormon faith, as they were given generous food orders, bus passes, clothing vouchers to Deseret Industries, and sometimes a tank of gas. That assignment has now concluded and we will again serve another mission assignment in the near future. We try to do quiet random acts of service for our neighbors and friends locally, as our Savior Jesus Christ set the example in "doing for others."

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Bryan
As members of the Church, we are taught to give 10 percent of all our interest annually.The principle of tithing was taught in the Old Testment when Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-20). The blessing of paying tithing and the promise as we do so is given in the last Book of the Old Testament ( Malachi 3:10). As individuals donate their tithing, it is used to build temples, chapels, seminary buildings and other buildings. These buildings are not income producing but costly to maintain so additional tithing helps pay for upkeep and the ongoing utility bills. Tithing also pays for the printing of material used in Sunday meetings and leadership training as well as education where the Church operates Universities and other educational facilities. Each individual missionary is asked to fund their own missionary expenses whether it be a younger Elder or Sister or Senior Couple. The cost of the material they teach from and the literature they leave in the homes of those seeking to know more of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is paid for with tithing funds. Show more Show less