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Hi I'm Brian

I spent 9 Years in the Marines, I ride a Harley, and I often shed tears when I bear my Testimony. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 38 years to a most wonderful woman - truly my best friend. We have five children and eleven grandchildren. I have been a graduate school professor, port authority director, business executive, and now work independently as an Organizational Consultant and Process Analyst. I enjoy gourmet cooking (and eating), backyard gardening, camping, working with youth, and motorcycle rides.

Why I am a Mormon

It was the example of a friend that got me interested in the Church. He always seemed happy no matter what was going on. I thought it must be great to have that kind of an attitude and wanted to learn more about how he developed it. Eventually the missionaries began teaching me. I was impressed to hear of Christ's visit to the Americas after his ressurrection. It gave me insight into things I had heard as a youth that Jesus cared about everyone. This led me to want to know more about how he cared for me and what I needed to do with my life. I prayed long and hard to know if the Church was true and when I got my answer I knew there was no turning back. Jesus Christ had made a sacrifice for me and I am committed to living a life worthy of his love.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed working with youth. Even before joining the Church I volunteered time as a tutor, Cub Scout Leader, and friend at a local orphanage when I was stationed in Okinawa. Now with the knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to guide me, and the clear set of 'Standards for Youth' that the Church teaches it is even more rewarding. After 44 years working with youth in numerous positions and callings there is truly no other way to make a real difference in our society than to prepare the next generation of leaders. They keep me young, they give me strength, and they wear me out - but there is no other place I would rather be.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Brian
One of the great teachings of self-reliance is living within your income. This does not mean we have to ‘go without’; it just means that we need to obtain things in a wise and prudent manner. Avoiding unnecessary debt is part of that. As an example – my wife and I have always enjoyed motorcycles. We gave them up when we started having children as finances were needed for more important things, like food, clothing, school supplies, etc. In 1995, when our children were starting to get older we decided the time had come to do something for us and buying another motorcycle became our goal. The Church counsels us to stay out of debt, with the exception of necessary items such as a home, reasonable transportation, and education. Since this was a luxury item we started saving a little each week. Thirteen years later in 2008 we were able to walk into the dealership and pay cash for that new toy. Because of our efforts to avoid debt we have been able to pay off our house early. Our living expenses are minimal and by choice I now work only part time. This provides me with the opportunity to spend more time with family, the youth in our Church, providing service to others, and getting in a few more rides on the motorcycle. Show more Show less