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Hi I'm Brian Stout

I grew up in rural Wisconsin. I've been an Army officer for the last 22 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up baling hay, milking cows, and picking rocks for local farmers in rural Wisconsin. I attended a small college and majored in physics and athropology and played football and baseball. Shortly after graduation, I began the life of an Army officer and married my high school sweetheart. She was the first girl I asked out when my parents let me date at 16 and we've pretty much been together since then. Four kids and 22 years of marriage later and we are still going strong. Both my wife, an RN, and I are taking graduate school classes at local universities. Being an Army officer, I've always been a pretty physical guy. Now that I'm in my mid-40s I've started mountain biking more and running less. I lift weights, hunt (gun and bow), fish, and enjoy going to my kids' school events.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church and as a youth I saw the effects that the gospel had on the lives of those who sought to live gospel principles. I was the only LDS kid in my high school and because of my faith I was able to avoid some of the pitfalls that others seem to fall into. That said, I really didn't rely on my own personal testimony until about half way through college. After a long period of study, fasting and prayer, I had my personal revelation about the truthfulness of the gospel. It didn't come through a miraculous vision but a burning inside that I could not deny. I've never been one to do something halfway and since that time I've committed myself to the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My family and I are actively engaged in the community. We coach youth athletics, participate in the local community theater group, and engage in other volunteer work in the local area. I love serving in the Church. Over the past 25 years I've been a primary teacher, sunday school teacher, scout master, etc. Most of my adult life I've had the opportunity to work with the teenagers in the structure of the youth program. They truly have to face challenges that my generation had only limited exposure to. Several months ago I received the call to serve as the branch president for our congregation and I have experienced the blessings of the gospel through an increased love and compassion for my fellow saints.