What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Brian

I love exploring the Arizona desert. My wife and I are blessed with 4 beautiful children. I am an MBA student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am blessed with a wonderful wife and 4 children--in the 15 years we've been married we have moved eight times throughout five states. I work In HR for a major hotel chain and love what I do. I like to spend the most time I can with my family, enjoying the water park, watching the kids play sports, exploring the Arizona desert, geocaching or just hanging out at home. I try to play the piano now and then and I like a good chocolate chip cookie. I was born and grew up in rural Oregon/Idaho which is still a special place for me. When I was 19, I had the opportunity to serve a mission for the LDS Church in Budapest, Hungary. I can still rattle off a bit of Hungarian and I enjoy cooking the authentic food I learned to love. I truly enjoyed sharing the teachings of Jesus Christ to those wonderful people. And I'm back to school getting my executive MBA. I'm grateful I have the chance to further my education, although the work is tough!

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed enough to have been raised by a very good mother and father who taught me many things, including the teachings of Jesus Christ and about the Mormon Church. I was baptized when I was eight years old, went to four years of gospel-study seminary during high school and then served a two-year mission for the Church. There comes a time in every person's life when they begin to search for what they think is best and what is true. I began that search early in life and through many experiences, big and small, have come to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church) is Christ's true church on the Earth. I know that by living its teachings and the words found in the scriptures, my family and I can live forever and return to our Father in Heaven. This is my only goal---it's not easy and most days I feel that I could and should do better, but I have faith that it is the right path returning back to Heavenly Father. The truths I get from the scriptures and from the living prophet help me know how to live my life and helps me be a better husband and father and helps me know how to raise our children in the best way so they can have the best life possible and most importantly return to Heaven with their families. Every bit of peace and happiness that I am blessed with in this life comes from my Heavenly Father and comes from following Christ's example.

How I live my faith

Our church community provides many ways to both help others and to be personally strengthened at the same time. Over the years I have had many opportunities to serve in the church, such as teaching Sunday School, helping with administrative duties, providing music and working with the Boy Scouts. Currently I assist in the Sunday School organization which teaches gospel principles and scriptural lessons each Sunday to all those in church. We have youth classes, separated out by age and then several adult classes with different focuses such as strengthening marriages, scriptural studies, doctrinal basics, and genealogy. One of the unique and inspired ways the Church is organized is how each member contributes to the whole. We are not large congregations (usually around 200-300 each Sunday). We divide into smaller "wards" on purpose so everyone has the chance to contribute and get to know each other. There are many opportunities to serve which brings us closer to each other, our communities and to the Lord. One of the great blessings of the Church is how it helps my wife and I know the best way to raise our children. The testimony of Christ that builds in the hearts of the youth is a miracle. Their bright faces, caring attitudes, strong and smart dispositions and service-orientated actions are living testimonies of the truthfulness of this gospel. When I see the turmoil and struggles that so many young people go through these days I am so grateful that the Gospel points our family to peace and happiness. I want everyone to have that blessing.