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Hi I'm Brian

I grew up in California. I'm a college student. I volunteer with Special Olympics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a rural town in California. I played sports in high school and enjoyed playing video games throughout my youth. I have pretty good grades, but have always struggled with giving my all in school or sports. I went on an LDS mission for two years, and now I'm going to college. College is great! I spend time with friends, play video games, do homework, and work when I can. Life is good. I know that everyday I make decisions of what to do with my time that will establish habits that will define me for the rest of my life. I know that soon I will be making big decisions that will alter the course of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have never been the most motivated of people. I dream big, but get distracted by small pursuits. It is a failing I see in myself, and it has always frustrated me. I don't want to live small, I don't want to be small! What I have learned as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints is that I have infinite potential. I am a child of God, and as such I am loved, I am powerful, I am beautiful. I follow the path of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because I know that it is leads to bigger dreams, a better life, and the fulfillment of all I am capable of. I am not perfect, I have weaknesses, but through His teachings and His church to which I belong, I have the knowledge and understanding to ask Jesus for help, and I have always got an answer.

How I live my faith

As a college student, I have a busy schedule. Not all of things I do are "fun" or enjoyable, and not all of those are rewarding. One of the most rewarding things I have done is to serve in the Church. Each member of a congregation is asked to participate in some way in the affairs of the Church. In the local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ, I have been asked to help instruct others of the congregation in how to work on their family history. This means researching who their ancestors were, where they came from, and what their lives were like. This assignment stems from the teachings of Jesus Christ revealed through prophets that families can be eternal, meaning that we can be with our families not only here on earth, but after we die as well. This understanding puts a whole new emphasis on connecting the generations together in to one great whole. It also highlights the importance of strong family relationships. I have just recently been asked to do this, and I honestly don't know how to do it very well, but it is a chance for me to learn more, and then share that learning with others. This learning will not only bless me and those I teach, but will bless all the family members we come to know a little bit better through finding them in history.