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Hi I'm Brian

I grew up in Hawaii and Utah. I am a Husband, Father and Graduate Student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Hawaii and in Utah and am currently living in Arizona. I am a Samoan-Caucasian husband of a wonderful and beautiful Tongan-Caucasian wife. Together we have 7 kids--4 Boys and 3 Girls. Our oldest is in high school and our youngest is in kindergarten. Since my childhood, I've enjoyed playing playing sports like football, basketball and mountain biking. I also enjoy fixing electronic devices, reading, coaching sports and teaching. My wife and I find a lot of satisfaction in volunteering in the community with our kids schools, youth sports coaching, and other community activities. I've coached about 14 different youth sports teams (basketball, football and soccer) over the past 10 years and just love helping kids grow and learn through playing something that is fun. I've been a general contractor in construction for 13 years where I have been able to learn the industry from the ground up. I am now finishing up a Ph D and want to become a teacher as a career. School smarts have not been my strength but persistence and work have been something that I've learned how to succeed with. In spite of all of the above, my most favorite thing to do is just hanging around the house with my family. With this many kids it does get crazy and noisy there a lot. However, its great to have a comfortable place where you are both liked, loved and can return to every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a strong Mormon family. I was taught the importance of work, honesty, love, respect and obedience to God from as far back as I can remember. However, there is no way I would be able to continue faithful in this church into my adulthood without finding out if this is how I should live for myself. I think it is too hard to just be a good and faithful Mormon without knowing for yourself if God really wants you to do it. Right about when I was finishing high school, I began to really wonder if the things that my parents had taught me were really true. It meant so much to them but I didn't have my own personal feelings about the gospel of Christ. I have had to ask God for myself several times and really think things through and study his word before I had my own personal answer from him. When those answers came to me, it gave me strength to do the things that are most important and follow my Savior Jesus Christ. I have not doubted since I had those answers to my prayers. Through all of my most difficult times in life I have had that knowledge and peace in my heart that has carried me through. I also know that once you have that knowledge, a real answer from God about what is true and most important, then you realize that there is much good to be done in his work.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be one with God as well as one with my wife. When those things are in order, then the amount of service that can be given is magnified. I help in my church by teaching scripture-based classes on Sundays to the 16 and 17 year old youth in my area. This year we are learning from the New Testament, the life of Christ and his apostles. I also occasionally help out with other activities and camp outs with the youth programs where my kids are involved. I also coach a city league flag football team of 10 year old boys. Lastly, I try to be available to be at home with my kids so that my wife can volunteer in school, community and other church functions and not worry about having to find babysitters.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Brian
We proselyte because it is the way that God has taught his truths to his children throughout history. When one child of God teaches another, both experience growth in their understanding of things. I have found that when i share what know about the gospel of Jesus Christ, both I and the other person I am sharing with have a great learning experience where I feel a good spirit. I believe that this is God's way for us to learn about him--through teaching and learning among ourselves. Show more Show less