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Hi I'm Bryan

I'm a happy dad and husband, a CPA and a sports fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband of an amazing wife and a dad of a happy toddler, my whole life in some way revolves around them. Together they are what bring me the most joy in life. The best part of my day is arriving home to a smile on the face of my wife and son and am greeted with a big hug and kiss. Growing up with three brothers, there was plenty of rough housing. We have great parents that helped us know when it was time to play and when it was time to work. My parents sacrificed to raise our family and I am very grateful for their example. They laid the foundation for my faith. Since I was a little boy I have loved sports. My favorites to play are basketball, tennis, soccer, slow-pitch softball and football; I like to snow ski, water ski, cliff jump and go white water rafting. I’ve gone sky-diving, and am glad to have checked that off my bucket-list before getting married. I love friendly competition whether it is a long-drive competition with my brothers and dad, playing a new board game with friends or having a pogo stick bounce-off with my mother in law. When I take time to relax you'll find me with my son on my lap reading him a book, trying to catch up on some yard work or kicking my feet up on the ottoman next to my wife to watch a feel good movie. I’m a CPA which partially explains why I'm a penny-pincher, but fully explains why I'm a Microsoft Excel junkie. All in all I am just an average guy, trying to enjoy my journey through life and do some good while I am at it.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because I believe God exists, and that He is our Heavenly Father. Further, I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has authority from God and the answers to life’s greatest questions. I love the beauty of nature and seeing God’s creations. I am especially fascinated with water and enjoy small streams, rivers, lakes, the ocean and waterfalls. I’m also in complete awe of how our bodies work. Mere chance cannot explain the intricacies of life. To me the beauty of the world and the human body are just two of the many evidences that God exists. I believe creation followed natural laws, directed by an all-powerful Heavenly Father. Through my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and my studies I have learned the answers to the tough questions. What is the purpose of life? Where were our spirits before we were born, and what happens after we die? What happens if someone dies without a knowledge of and belief in Jesus Christ? Why do bad things happen to good people? I have also learned foundational principles such as: I am a child of God and He has a plan for all of His children, Jesus Christ is my Savior, and the Holy Ghost will testify of truth. Each of those principles I have learned about through touching spiritual experiences. The more I learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more resolute my beliefs become. I have much to learn, but I take comfort that I’m not alone in my lack of knowledge. Even the apostles during Jesus’ mortal life didn’t gain a complete knowledge during the three years they spent learning by His side. After Jesus’ death and resurrection the answers to the apostle’s questions continued to come to them through revelation and the Holy Ghost. The concluding reason I’m a Mormon is that it makes me and my family happy. For that and many other reasons I love to share what I believe with my family, friends and anyone else that is interested.

How I live my faith

My faith guides my life because my actions are influenced by my beliefs. As an example, I believe that I am a child of God and that he wants to hear from me. That belief causes me to pray to Heavenly Father since that is how I can talk to Him. I pray to express gratitude because there is always something to be thankful for. Often I say a quick prayer of gratitude as I am driving down the road. Other times I pray for help when I need guidance in my life or am dealing with a difficult issue. I've also prayed to ask God to confirm truth. Some of my favorite prayers are kneeling with my wife and son in his bedroom before we put him to bed. I am amazed to see how much a toddler picks up on, and am glad that reading the scriptures and saying a family prayer has been a bedtime routine for him since he was an infant. Doesn’t it seem like it would be easier if God were to announce His existence and everything we want to know with a heavenly mega-phone? That sort of announcement would be incredible to hear, but then we wouldn’t be living by faith anymore. I live my faith by trusting in the words of scripture and prophets that testify of God the Father and Jesus Christ. God continues to call prophets who live right now. The prophets today may not look like Old Testament prophets such as Moses or Noah, but they also speak on behalf of God. Whether I follow the counsel of these prophets has every bit as much of a consequence in my life as it did for the people thousands of years ago who were guided by Moses and Noah. I believe that by following the counsel they give about issues relevant to our day I am following God’s will for me. Some of that recent counsel is about matters such as serving others, living within our means, avoiding all forms of pornography, being a good citizen, and searching the scriptures. I live my faith by developing a relationship with God, trying to be a good person and following the direction God has given me through prophets and scriptures.