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Hi I'm Brian Anderson

I was born in Bremerton,WA and now live in Houston,TX where I'm an engineer at NASA. My wife and I have 4 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of 7 kids (5 boys, 2 girls) in Bremerton, WA. While in high school I ran cross country, played basketball and ran on the track team. I served a mission in Norway, sometimes teaching people above the arctic circle. I have a bachelor's and master's degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. I'm married to the most wonderful woman ever. We live in the Houston, TX are and have four awesome kids. I work for NASA as an engineer where I've worked on the Space Shuttle as a member of the Damage Assessment Team during Shuttle missions. Now I'm helping to design and test the parachute system for the next human-crewed vehicle that NASA will send to the Moon and Mars. I still really like to run and ride my bike. In fact, I finished my first Ironman triathlon in Florida and loved every minute of it!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon. Lots of my ancestors were Mormons and some of them even walked across the plains. But when I was a teenager I started asking myself lots of questions about what I believed. It was a pretty rocky road sometimes. During the whole time, however, I made it a habit to read my scriptures every night. I also prayed and asked Heavenly Father to guide me. There were many experiences during that period of time where I felt the influence of the Holy Ghost that form the basis of what I know and believe. The most powerful experiences usually took place outside of the church building or as a result of needing to change my life after making mistakes. Because of these experiences, I've chosen to be a Mormon. Not because of family traditions, although those played a huge role in introducing me to the principles of the Gospel. With countless answers to prayers, I know that God lives. He's real. I also know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and that He atoned for my sins and that when we repent that we can be forgiven and know that we've been forgiven. "I Stand All Amazed" at what Jesus Christ did for us. Joseph Smith was a prophet. I know this is true because I've asked Heavenly Father and He's answered my prayer. I also know that the Book of Mormon is true because 1) I've prayed and received confirmation through my feelings from the Holy Ghost 2) as I've followed it's teachings I've noticed that it's made my life and my family's life happier 3) the feelings and experiences described in the Book of Mormon (and other scriptures) are spot on -- I've had some of those exact same experiences that are described. I also know there is a living prophet on the Earth today. It's AWESOME!!

How I live my faith

Until just recently, I served as the leader (bishop) of the local congregation in League City, TX. As the bishop, I had the responsibility to work with the youth and to work with people who were going through big changes in their lives, repenting of serious mistakes, counseling with people who were having difficulties in their relationships, and making sure members of the congregation are taken care of when it comes to their physical and spiritual well-being. I also worked with others to administer the organizations in the church (youth, children, women, men's groups). There are between 500 and 600 people that we count as part of the congregation in our local area. It's a really big challenge to balance family, employment, and church work, but I have the opportunity to work with some really awesome people who are dedicated to helping others in the congregation and my family is very supportive. There's also no doubt that Heavenly Father was the one guiding the ward, because I would have messed it up it was just me. There's no doubt in my mind that He's inspired me in decisions that were needed and in counsel given to people. I love to serve people. There's nothing better in the world. I've learned that when you serve people, no matter what background they have, you begin to love them.