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Hi I'm Brendan

I'm a husband and a father. I'm an artist and an outdoorsman. I love science and medicine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Indiana, to two great parents and five siblings. In my youth I discovered the joy of working with my hands in various art forms. I love drawing, ceramic work, stained glass, and woodworking--but my favorite medium is oil painting. I enjoy painting people and nature. One of my favorite paintings is a rural farmland where my wife and I went walking when we were first dating. I painted the scene for my wife and gave it to her as a wedding present. I love to look at the painting and be reminded of those frequent walks we enjoyed when we were first getting to know one another. I love the outdoors! I enjoy rock-climbing, camping, and hiking. My favorite game of all is Ultimate Frisbee. I love riding my bike and playing with my beautiful children outside. I love getting together with friends and family to socialize, mingle, and play games.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young I was fortunate to have many good friends from a variety of faiths. My parents had raised me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I enjoyed my association there. I remember when I was fourteen I was curious about all the things which I had been taught in my youth. I prayed to God and asked Him if He was there. I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of love as I prayed in my bedroom that night. Heavenly Father reminded me that He loved me, and He knew me personally. I learned that God loves everyone. I learned that God had sent a Savior to show us a perfect example, to live for us, and to die for us so that we could return to God. I began to develop a great love and appreciation for the Savior, a love which is growing still today. Shortly after these personal witnesses I remember wondering about all that I had been taught by my parents and in church. I was taught that there was a prophet of God on the earth today--a living witness like Moses or Isaiah of old. I learned that there were additional scriptures in conjunction with the Bible. I wanted to know if these things were true. I had heard others say that they knew these things were true, but I did not know them myself. I took the challenge of a respected friend and decided to make a daily study of the Book of Mormon. I prayed about this book each day, asking God if it was a true book. One month into my study I received a touching witness from Heavenly Father. I was led by God to reflect on the past month when I had been studying these scriptures daily and I saw how my character had blossomed. My relationship with my parents had improved. My relationship with my friends had improved. The word of God had made me into a better person. In this peaceful moment of reflection the voice of the Lord whispered in my mind and heart: These things are true. I was filled with tears of joy. And I have been grateful for this witness ever since.

How I live my faith

I love people. I love mingling and interacting with other people. I enjoy coming to church each Sunday and socializing and supporting one another in our faith in Christ. I am currently assisting the leader of our congregation (who would be considered equivalent to the pastor in most churches) in his watch-care over the congregation. Most of all, I know that Heavenly Father guides me to be a better husband and father. I try to be a supportive and loving spouse for my wife, and I know that I can be better. I ask Heavenly Father often to help me to be a better husband and father. I try to be a Christ-like friend, neighbor, and colleague. In my medical practice I try to interact with my patients in such a way that they can feel God's love shine through me, and I know that God helps me provide quality medical care. I know that God values those around me, and I try to respect His love for all people in my interactions with them. In short, my faith affects everything about me. My faith is a reflection of who I am, and who I am trying to become--more like the Savior, Jesus Christ.