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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 29 years old, a husband, and father of two girls and one boy all under 4. I love my family and find no greater joy than with my wife and kids. We try to do fun things like hike, camp, and go to local attractions. One thing that makes me different is that I have bipolar disorder and social anxiety. The combination of both has been crippling at times. My faith in Jesus Christ has given me strength and an eternal perspective during difficulties. Also, living teachings of our church like abstaining from drugs, alcohol, and premarital sex has shielded me from a more challenging path. I know that Christ has provided angels that have born me up during rock bottom times. I am almost finished studying healthcare administration and will obtain my master's degree very shortly. As a member of this church my entire life, I look at my situation as a lifetime of experience testing the principles of this faith and I know without a doubt that it is the right course. I have served a voluntary two-year mission starting at age 19 in London, England. I not only see the effect this church has had on my life, but I have also seen what changes it has brought about in men and women from all over the world. It's universally true and inclusive.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have spent my life living my beliefs. Jesus said that "any man shall do his will, he shall know of the doctrine." I guess my beliefs started as a child when I would pray and receive answers. Or the feeling I would get at church telling me what I heard was true. Or how the Book of Mormon brought a change of heart, a desire to be close to Christ, and blessings flowing into every aspect of my life by reading its pages. Or my mission where I struggled with my social anxiety to share my personal beliefs every day, and how the Savior was with me despite my feeling alone. Or how I had changed after my mission experience and how much joy I felt seeing humble people accept the greatest God has to offer. Or how the gospel connects me to people in China, Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, Zimbabwe, Brazil, and virtually every place of origin that I encountered while walking the streets of England. Or maybe it's the confidence I get from living a clean life, a stark contrast from what the world embraces. Or the joy of being sealed to my wife and kids for eternity, knowing that we can be together for the eternities. Or the peace and blessings that come from following a modern-day prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I guess all those things combined to form my strong beliefs. The Lord has led me and I will always be thankful for my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Try it. I promise it will bless your life as you live its teachings.

How I live my faith

I live my beliefs every day. I study the Bible and the Book of Mormon every night, on my own and with my wife and kids. My daughter practically begs us to read stories of Jesus to her when she eats, when she plays, and at night before we put her to bed. Living as a good father and husband is the most important way to live my beliefs. They deserve my love and attention more than anyone around me. I also teach a sunday school class to a group of 12 teenagers. I love sharing my knowledge and beliefs with them each week. I pray each morning, before I eat, when I need strength throughout the day, and at night with my family. I attend the temple to strengthen my resolve to live a clean life focused on the Savior. I teach a couple families once a month on how to live gospel principles. It sounds like a lot but it brings more blessings than the small sacrifice it is.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brian
Absolutely not. We worship God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. They are the source for truth and life. We respect Joseph Smith as one who lived and died for his beliefs. He was an instrument of the Lord, a prophet, that helped bring about the Lord's church back from a long absence. Jesus Christ is central to our beliefs and no one stands above him besides our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less