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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in northern Utah on a farm, still own one, but chose teaching high choral music as my life's career.

About Me

As the oldest of four sons born to a farm family, I was taught early the value of hard work. I was involved in our family farm and worked alongside my father and younger brothers as we raised crops such as sugar beets, tomatoes, and wheat and corn. I have had lifelong love of music. My mother saw to it that I was given piano lessons, which came in handy after I made a career decision to pursue teaching music. After being involved in all the typical youth and family activities, including sports, hiking, camping, fishing, and friends, I felt that my real love was developing and sharing my musical gifts. After marrying my sweetheart while in college, we have enjoyed raising a few (seven) beautiful daughters. I have been a past member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and continue to enjoy composing and arranging music. My present activities include being the owner of my family's farm, a fruit and nut tree research orchard, and of course, continuing to teach music full time at our local high school and middle school.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always felt a safety and protection being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - Day Saints. To know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows and loves each one of us is a strength and a comfort. Many of my ancestors gave up all they had in distant lands over a hundred fifty years ago to come to Utah as new members of the church. This pioneer heritage on both sides of my family has helped me feel a special connection with them and given me hope that I can someday see them again. The special feelings of testimony I have always had reassure me in times of trial. The saving ordinances of the gospel are made possible because of the restored keys of the Holy Priesthood and the power to bind on earth family relationships not only for time, but for eternity, if we are true and faithful to the covenants and promises we make to our Heavenly Father. One of the special experiences I have had includes my involvement in a musical dramatic pageant in Clarkston, Utah telling the life story of Martin Harris, one of the three special witnesses to the Book of Mormon. I was asked to help re-write much of the music used in the pageant. To have discovered later that my own direct line ancestor was a close friend of Martin Harris gave me special inspiration as I prayerfully worked on this music. The message of the pageant is that not only was Martin Harris a special witness of Jesus Christ, but that the Book of Mormon was brought forth by the gift and power of God as a second witness, along with the Bible, of Jesus Christ. Much of the work happening in the temples of the church involves the tying together of families for time and all eternity. Of course, the spirits of those who have passed on still have the opportunity to accept or not accept the work being done for them. It is a great reassurance, again, that the Lord Jesus Christ lives and that He and our Heavenly Father continue to watch over us in this life.

How I live my faith

I continue to serve in callings in the church. I have been involved in numerous ward and stake callings, (local parochial and Parrish church organizations) such as a quorum president, member of several bishoprics, and at present a member of the stake high council in our local stake. I have the opportunity to teach classes, give talks, and serve in many special assignments. In the late 1970's I served as a full-time proselyting missionary for two years to Argentina. It was there that I became fluent in the Spanish language, which has continued to serve me in my personal life and career as well. This has allowed me to teach beginning through advanced level Spanish classes in school over the years. Additionally, we have a local Spanish - speaking branch to which I am assigned as a special adviser on behalf of the stake. I also serve as a home teacher - a special calling to watch over select families in our local ward.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Brian
The scriptures provide a deep source of understanding as to the purposes of God in our lives and a divine source of His guidance through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Through prayerful study of these scriptures, we can strengthen our faith as we pass through trials and we can gain a personal testimony or witness of the living reality of Jesus Christ and of his atonement for the sins of all mankind. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Brian
The work happening in temples of the church involves the receiving of special ordinances both for the living and for the dead which can bind together families for time and all eternity. Through modern revelation, we learn that the spirits of those who have passed on have the opportunity to accept or not to accept these ordinances. Because of the Priesthood and the special sealing powers restored to the earth to the prophet Joseph Smith, we have the assurance that death is only another step in our eternal progression. Show more Show less