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Hi I'm Brian

I write patents for major software companies. I love games, motorcycles and reading. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Though born in Utah, I grew up a Southern Californian. As a student, my sports friends thought me a nerd while my nerd friends thought me a jock. I still enjoy a rigorous game of tennis and an inscrutible brainteaser with equal delight. After serving a mission in Argentina, I married, graduated in computer science, and went on to obtain a law degree from Berkeley. As a patent attorney, I have: founded a law firm, been designated a top patent prosecutor in Cal, been designated a top IP strategist in the world, and co-authored a brief favorably cited by the Supreme Court. That being said, I have always considered my family to be my most important endeavor. Unable to have children of our own, my wife and I adopted two wonderful children that are now entering their teen years. Rarely have my parental duties been easy, but they have always been worth it. I am an avid gamer, from the earliest games of Wizardy for the PC, to current accounts in numerous MMORPGs, I have played countless RPGs. I have played Magic: the Gathering from nearly its beginning, and continue to participate in monthly tournaments. However, indoor gaming can never match the exhilaration that I experience from a motorcycle ride through the countryside. I have always loved nature, camping and the outdoors. Who knows, but for my horrendous allergies, I may have been a forest ranger of professional Scouter.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I am too rational to deny the overwhelming evidence that I have personally experienced that Jesus Christ is my savior, and that this is His church. That may sound like a strange way to put things, but I am a skeptic by nature. Thus, my natural tendency is to discount any supernatural explanations of phenomena for which there are viable alternative explanations. Knowing my nature, God has had to be less subtle in fulfilling His “Ask and ye shall receive” promise to me than he has been with others of His children that are more prone to faith. For example, when I was nine or so, I was lost alone in the mountains overnight. Through not-so-subtle promptings, God first directed me to a trail. Then, after I had travelled down the trail for hours, He directed me with a second round of not-so-subtle promptings to turn around and retrace my steps. Sure enough, He led me to a trail branch I had missed, which eventually led me to one of the many searching parties that were looking for me. A few years later, God gave a similarly undeniable answer when I sincerely asked Him if the Book of Mormon that I was reading was really true. The answer was “yes”. The answer thus given was so unambiguous that there were only two possibilities: (a) the answer was correct, or (b) God breaks His promises by allowing sincere prayers to be answered with lies. I refuse to believe the latter. These are some of the more notable evidences that I have received, but they are by no means the only ones. Rather, as time passes, the impact all such experiences naturally diminish. As they do so, my skeptical nature tempts me to ignore and dismiss all that I have seen and felt. However God, being the loving Father that He is, never lets me get to that point. He repeatedly provides me evidence to the degree that I would have to be an irrational fool to deny it. And so I don’t. That is why I’m a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live the way Jesus taught us to live. Not just on Sunday. Not just among those who believe similarly to me.