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Hi I'm Brian

I am a venture capitalist, husband, father of four children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

It's hard to write too much about yourself when you feel like an ordinary average guy! I am a husband to a wife who I've deeply loved for the past 20 years. We have four incredible children ranging in age from high school to grade school. They are remarkably talented kids, although I am completely biased in my feelings for them. The best part of each day is seeing them when I return home from work and hearing about their lives. For my career, I am a venture capitalist - a profession that requires my best efforts to find interesting entrepreneurs and startup companies, help them grow to profitability, and find adequate capital to facilitate their success. Entrepreneurs are people who dream of changing the world, the financing that we provide for their companies helps to make those dreams become a reality. I like to read about American and world history, hike in the outdoors, watch my kids participate in sporting and cultural events, and run and bike in the early morning hours to get the endorphins going in my brain before heading to work.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but during most of my adolescent years never seriously sought to find out if the precepts were true. In my senior year of high school, a friend of mine tried to convert me to their religion, and raised many sceptical doctrinal and historical questions about the Mormon church. For the first time in my life I desired to know the truthfulness of the church. I had to know! Together we studied Christianity with a commitment to find the true church of Jesus Christ. After reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon, studying the doctrines taught by Jesus and the prophets, and praying with real intent, in one of the most incredible spiritual experiences of my life, the Holy Spirit witnessed and confirmed to both of us the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We both knew that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world and that he had once again established His church upon the earth. My friend decided to be baptized a member of the Church and this experience was instrumental in my decision to serve a full-time mission. As a missionary, I had the opportunity to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to feel the Holy Spirit continue to witness to my soul of its truthfulness, and watch people come unto the Savior through repentance and the waters of baptism. This is why I'm a Mormon and this gospel of Jesus Christ continues to fill my life with daily joy, happiness and purpose.

How I live my faith

As a family, we read scriptures and pray each morning. It brings the Spirit of God into our lives and seems to help set our moral compass and bearings for the day. We try to pick a new scripture each week that we recite and memorize as a family during breakfast every morning. This helps us to exercise faith in Jesus Christ and reminds us of God's love for each of us. As a family, we are actively involved in church meetings on Sunday and other church related activities during the week. Most enjoyable for me has been to serve as a youth leader and teacher. I have a goal to do at least one spontaneous act of service each day, but usually fall short....nevertheless, it's still a goal and I'm hoping to become better in the future. Nothing brings as much joy to the heart as feeling that you have been helpful to another person along their journey in life, even if it is just a simple act or gesture to them.