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Hi I'm Brian

I used to be a construction worker, but now I am an attorney. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have two engineering degrees from Stanford University and a JD degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. I married when I was 19 (44 years ago) and am still married. My wife joined the Church when we were 29, but I did not join until I was 40.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not believe that the Joseph Smith story could be true, and besides, I was agnostic. However, when I was 40 I decided to "get rid" of the "Mormons." I told them I would read the Book of Mormon and pray about it and then have nothing further to do with them. Once I read the book, and prayed about it, I had an unmistakeable manifestation from the Holy Ghost that it in fact was true. There was nothing I could do but get baptized. My wife was increduluous at first, but then very happy. Good thing, because after 24 years as a member of the Church, I am still very happy, too. I have found more joy in calls for service from the Church than in any other single thing I do in society. It is the opportunity to be of service, both to complete strangers and to those we know and love that puts meaning in life. These principles carry over to my family, where I put them to work strengthening my family. Since family is the most basic unit of civilization and the source of all lasting joy, it is important to do those things calculated to make the family strong. The Church has taught me how to do that.

How I live my faith

Right now I am the branch president of a milidary branch. I organize and direct services for about 200 basic trainees each Sunday. I have been a member without a calling, a home teacher and a lot of other things. Each of my callings has taught me different things about myself, how to function better in society, and to understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ more fully. I have participated in so many service projects that I cannot remember them all. One was helping in the aftermath of a serious flood in Albany, GA. We traveled from Columbia to Albany on Friday, worked all day Saturday and Sunday, and drove back Sunday night. There were (literally) a thousand men and boys staying int the YMCA camp, and no loud noises or fights, just companionship and the spirit of cooperation as we worked helping the people whose houses were destroyed in the flood. I am also a home teacher, something every male is asked to do. I look after the temporal and spiritual needs of several elderly ladies. I visit them at least monthly and make sure they have the things in life that are required, as well as the spiritual things they need. It is very rewarding to be able to help others in their needs. I have found more joy in calls for service from the Church than in any other single thing I do in society. It is the opportunity to be of service, both to complete strangers and to those we know and love that puts meaning in life. These principles carry over to my family, where I put them ot work strengthening mhy family. Since family is the most basic unit of civilization and the source of all lasting joy, it is important to do those things calculated to make the family strong. The Church has taught me how to do that.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Brian
The ony way to know for sure is to get a witness from the Holy Ghost. To do that, you must do what John 1:5 says, ask God. The only way to ask God is to pray. Address your Heavenly Father, thank Him for what you have, ask for what you want, and close in the name of Jesus Christ. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith must have seen God and Jesus Christ as he said he did and we must havea prophet today. Or, if there is a prophet today, then the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith must have seen the Father and the Son. Or, if Joseph Smith saw the Father and the Son, then the Book of Mormon must be true and we must have a prophet today. So, read the Book of Mormon and pray for an answer to Moroni's promise in Moroni 10:4-5. Show more Show less