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Hi I'm Bryan Sudweeks

I'm a Mormon. I am also a husband, father, teacher, educator, runner, woodworker, and friend.

About Me

First, I am a husband to a wonderful and supportive wife. I have seven children, all boys except for six, and two grandchildren, all boys except for 1. I have two children serving missions (as of 3/28/2012), and I am so greatful for their willingness to give up their time in service of the Master. I teach finance at a local college, including personal finance, investments, managerial finance and asset management. Before coming back to college to teach, I was a money manager for 13 years with asset management firms that did investments in emerging markets. I was blessed with the privilege of working with many bright and wonderful people who taught me much and made a major impact in the lives of myself and my family. My wife and I made the decision that because we had been so richly blessed, that we needed to come back to the University and share what we have learned with others. I also speak Mandarin Chinese. I served a mission for our Church to Taiwan, Taipei in 1974, and have developed a love for the Chinese people, their history, culture and food. I have a Chinese tutor who is helping me remember the things I learned nearly forty years ago.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I am a follower of Jesus Christ. In my personal finance classes, I teach that taxes have an impact on every area of our lives. Likewise, the gospel of Jesus Christ has an impact on every area of my personal, family, spiritual, and professional life. I am trying to follow His example in all I do, in how I relate to my wonderful wife, children, grandchildren, colleagues, students, friends, and others around me.

How I live my faith

I am in a bishopric in a student ward at the University. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord as well as enjoy the associations with great young men and women who are striving to become better each day. My wife works with the Young Women in our home ward, and we have 4 teenagers still in the home. We also have my wife's father living with us (her mother passed away last year), as well as a foreign exchange student from Korea. We are a big and busy family. We are striving to have the Lord's spirit with us each day in our families. We have found that the best way to do this is to read the scriptures as a family. Because of our crazy and varied schedules, we read at 6:45 each morning, and then have family prayer. We have dinner in the evenings together as well. Our major emphasis is to encourage our children to read the scriptures and pray individually each day as a supplement to what we do in the home. My wife and I work to be united in the raising of our children. We exercise each morning about 5:30 a.m., and talk as we exercise and run. We did two marathons last year, but plan to scale back to only half-marathons due to our tight schedules. We try to go on (reasonable) dates, just the two of us, at least once per week. We have found that the most important relationship is between us and the Lord, and the second most important relationship is between us as spouses. Interestingly, we have also found that as we get closer to the Lord, we become closer to each other. We have family home evening on Sunday evening, where we bring everyone together to sing, share a lesson, and talk about upcoming and current activities. In addition, on Monday evenings, we have a small budget and take the kids out, one child with one parent, to an activity, snack, or other event that the child is interested in. These individual times with the children are helping to improve and strengthen the relationships with our children and with each other.

Are Mormons Christians?

Bryan Sudweeks
We talk of Christ, we teach of Christ, we read of Christ, we teach our children to believe in Christ, we pray in Christ's name, we serve in Christ's stead, and we seek to be Christ's hands to serve his other children on the earth. In essence, all that we do, teach, and hope to become is in and through the atonement and example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less