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Hi I'm Brian

I'm an athlete, an artist, and a coach. I'm a father of 3. I'm the son of a profesional athlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My profesional identity is that of a high school counselor and coach. But my personal identity is that of an artist, athlete, father, husband, and fitness competitor. I love anything athletic, anything physical. As a high school student I traveled to Hong Kong as a member of a USA Basketball team to play the country's Men's National Basketball Team. The experience was amazing and I learned a lot about other cultures and myself as well. My current passion is bodybuilding. I love the feeling of building strength to the gift that God has given me. I competed recently in my first Men's Physique competion. It was a unique experience and taught me a lot about determination and comitment. Although I'm not sure if more competions are in my future, I do know that this life style of lifting heavy weights and eating a clean regimented diet is with me for the rest of my life. I am a father to 3 beautiful daughters who are all in elementary school. This is my greatest joy and challenge. Watching them grow, learn, and progress is like nothing else I've ever experienced. Together with my wife we spend the majority of our time working out and playing together. I am a husband of 12 years to the most wonderful spirit I have had the privledge to know. There is nothing I would rather do than spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized almost 3 years ago. My conversion story is a story of love and patience. I met my wife while working together in an elementary school. She had just graduted from college and was looking for a teaching job, I was working on my masters degree. We started out with a great friendship. I found out she was Mormon not long after we started working together. I didn't give it much thought and really enjoyed spending time with her. After a while we began dating and when marriage began to be discussed we had to address the issue of her faith and my lack of one. Being what I now believe to be inspired from God she agreed to marry me just the way I was. I promised to always attend church even though I was not a member. I kept that promise for 9 years, attending every Sunday. Of course there was some grumbling and less than complete enthusiasm on my part, but I was there as I promised. It was about this time that I was having some challenges in terms of living a lifestyle as good as I should. I realized that a level of spirituality was missing in my life. I decided to pray, really pray for the first time since my only brother was killed in a car accident at the age of 20. This first step lead me down the road to taking the lessons from the missionaries and agreeing to be baptized. The joy on my wife's face that day is something that I will always remember. For the first time I could talk to my children as a fellow member of the church, it brought an entirely different level of love to our family. We are much closer now that Family Home Evening, and nightly prayer are important to all of us. This church has given me the connection to Jesus Christ that was missing and that I always longed for, even though I couldn't exactly identify it. It has brought me a closeness to my wife and children that would have never been possible in any other way. The church has given me support when I needed it and a opportunity to serve my fellow man.

How I live my faith

I first and foremost live my faith by being a silent example to all those I come into contact with. It is my hope that the people who enter my life will look at me as someone who is there to help them, share a kind word, give people a second chance, and look for the good in all. I chose to live my life as Christ like as an imperfect being such as myself is capable of doing. I am raising my daughters in the same way. I want them to treat others fairly, honestly, and with compassion. I live my faith by being loyal and loving to my beautiful wife. It is my duty to honor and protect her and my children. I will do that even at the ultimate cost of my own life if necessary, just as the Savior did for us. It is my hope that the people in my life will witness how I conduct myself and think that if he is a Mormon and treats me and others that way then maybe it would be a good thing in my life. I live my faith by doing my hometeaching and working with the youth of the ward previously as a primary teacher and now as the young men's secretary. I try to connect with the youth in my school both LDS and nonmembers alike to instill the strength and honor I have learned. Last, I live my faith by raising my children to be good daughters of Heavenly Father and chose to treat others and live with honor and dignity. I teach them to always keep the comandments and to love their father in heaven, his son Jesus Christ, and their fellow man.