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Hi I'm Brigham

I grew up in Southern California, and now I teach high school in Utah. I'm a happy father of three. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Southern California with a name like Brigham--the name of the second prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who led the Mormon pioneers across the plains to Utah--I kind of stood out. When I introduced myself to people, they would either stare blankly or say something about Brigham Young University. Now that I live in Utah, I no longer have to spell my name for others. I came to Utah for college, met my beautiful wife--who charmed me with her sparkling smile and guileless zest for life--and ended up settling down here. I fell into a teaching career, not realizing it would be my passion. I love exploring history and great works of literature (Hamlet, Les Miserables, Huck Finn, The Scarlet Letter, Walden--need I say more?) with my high school students. At home, we have three wonderful children under the age of five who keep us scrambling: filling sippy cups with milk, changing diapers, reading bedtime stories, playing "monster," changing diapers, and singing "Old McDonald" (Did I mention changing diapers?). My wife and I enjoy the outdoors and hope to raise our children to enjoy going on adventures with us. I always knew I wanted a family, but could never picture what it would be like. I am discovering how challenging and joyful it is to be a parent. What a joy and privilege to share this adventure with my dear wife and friend.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I attended early morning seminary. This is a class before school where high school students study the scriptures. I watched my older sister reading the scriptures each day on her own and wanted to follow her example. We challenged each other to read the standard works of scripture in their entirety: the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I remember it was sometimes difficult to find time to read or to understand parts of the scriptures, but I also know that as I read, I felt the stirrings of the Holy Ghost whispering to me that these books contained the words of the Lord. I really tried to understand the doctrine of Christ and to apply it to my life. I also remember that as a teen sometimes I would be listening to hymns and gospel-themed music that spoke straight to my heart. I couldn't help but know the messages were true, and not just "true" but true for me. I knew (and know) that God is indeed my Heavenly Father, that I lived with him and my loved ones as spiritual children before being born in this life. I knew that Jesus Christ lived there too, in our Father's presence, and was the only one of our Father's children pure enough and strong enough to offer himself a sacrifice for us. I felt the Spirit of God testify that Christ had suffered for my sins and my personal sorrows so that I could be forgiven and find peace and hope. This was comforting to my teenage heart. My feelings for the Lord have continued to develop as He has carried me through life's challenges and opened up opportunities for me to be blessed and to try to help others in ways I hadn't even imagined. I know God has a plan for all His children, to help us live joyfully in this life and in the eternities with Him. Of course this is what a Father desires for His childrenm

How I live my faith

I work with the young men in the church. I was recently asked to serve as the scoutmaster of our troop. The church has a long history of partnering with the Boy Scouts of America. The ideals of scouting go hand-in-hand with the values we want our young men to learn. "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." Timeless values that are terribly relevant in today's society. On Sundays in the class I help teach for young men, we study the teachings and commandments of Christ. Then on weekdays, usually one night a week and then a monthly campout, we have fun and put into practice the principles of the gospel by serving in scouts. The Scout slogan is "Do a good turn daily." This principle of seeking to serve is clearly at the heart of Christian discipleship. Sometimes I feel like Scouting is not just for the young men, but also for me, to help me try to learn to do the things I profess to believe. In my job, I teach at a public school where I pray daily that the Lord will enlighten my students with truth. There are days when our class discussions are so uplifting, I know God is helping us to learn. I believe it is possible to learn true principles and to experience beauty from many sources--the study of history, in poetry, in music and paintings, in literature, etc. It is wonderful to live in a world rich with opportunities to learn. In the course of a school year, sometimes students will come to me for help with personal problems and I will pray in my heart to know how I can help. I am so grateful when the Lord puts thoughts into my mind and heart to help me know how to help these good young people.