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Hi I'm Brian

I was born and raised in Montana. I work as a geotechnical (civil) engineer in Ohio. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Montana, nestled in the Rock Mountains. I learned about hard work during summers spent moving irrigation pipe, cleaning up after pigs and driving farm equipment through the fields. I was immersed in sports including cross country, volleyball, tennis, track and field, basketball, frisbee and others. After graduating from high school, I studied at BYU for a year and then spent two years in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After returning back to the relative calm of BYU, I pursued a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering. As such, I get to play in the dirt for a job! How cool is that?!? While at school, I managed to attract a beautiful young lady who took a leap of faith and married me. Our first child was born while we were at school and two more have followed since after leaving BYU behind. Our children are energetic and already more intelligent than we bargained for and keep us guessing from day to day! I still enjoy playing sports when given the chance, but my only consistent sport hobby is running. I completed a half-marathon in 2007 and finally completed a full marathon in 2011. I help coach a city sponsored running club that my son has been participating in. I greatly enjoy reading and have a great appreciation for great literature, from the classics to youth fiction.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with deep roots in Mormonism on both sides of the family. Ever since I can remember, the church has been a part of my life. It wasn't until I was in about junior high or high school that I realized how much of my identity was influenced by the teachings I was exposed to at a very early age. However, the placement of my birth has not excluded me from the need to gain a certain knowledge if the gospel we preach is true. I can vividly remember many solitary walks on a less traveled road near my house, where I asked the question: Is all of this true? I knew that a certain knowledge of the answer to that question would be necessary and I was resolved to find it out for myself. I remember one walk in particular when I was pondering on the experience of Joseph Smith, as God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a grove of trees. I had always accepted the knowledge or testimony of others about the veracity of that event, but it was that night, as the bright stars shone down on me, that I felt a feeling so strong in my young heart (I was about 14 years old) that I knew I could trust what I had been taught. I knew in that moment that I no longer needed to say, "I believe that Joseph Smith was a prophet" but could firmly say, "I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God!" As I have grown older, have had experiences in various places with various people, and have seen troubling times come, I am so grateful for a solid rock I can use as an anchor for all I say and do. Although my testimony (witness) of this truth began small, with brief moments of complete clarity and spiritual power, I can now recognize that my testimony is such a part of me that I could never separate myself from it. It is who I am. The world holds vast amounts of good and bad, with the scale seeming to tip more towards the bad as each day passes. My knowledge and testimony of this gospel is what gives me a strong rudder to steer my life by each day.

How I live my faith

Since our church is run completely by a lay ministry (none of us get paid), each of us is called upon to serve in a variety of roles, including teachers, counselors, leaders, advisers, among other possibilities. I have been asked to serve in numerous positions in our church over the years, including teaching classes, working with our youth as an adviser and Scoutmaster, and in various leadership positions. I am currently serving as a counselor in our local ward Bishopric (the primary ruling body in each ward/unit that is composed of a Bishop and two counselors). Being in this role has required me to often be out of my comfort zone while performing my required duties. Although that has often be difficult, it has been a huge joy as I have been able to see how the Gospel of Jesus Christ affects each of our lives. I have seen miracles happen as people have accepted a call to serve and have shown strength beyond their own capacity. This is one of the greatest joys we experience in a position like mine, as we see lives changed through their service to Christ and God's children.