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Hi I'm Brian

I am studying to be an Optometrist. My wife and I were recently married and are head-over-heels in love. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am persuing a degree in Optometry and I currently work as an Optician/Technician in an Optometrist's office. My wife and I were married in October of 2011, and we are very much in love. I really enjoy anything that encourages creativity and imaginitive thinking, like reading, writing, movies, theatre, art, photography, music, and playing games. I like staying on top of current issues, like politics and economics. I am an Eagle Scout and I love traditional archery. I also really enjoy studying the scriptures and developing my relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior. I served as a full-time missionary for two years in the south of France. It was one of the most rewarding and sacred experiences of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Church of Latter-Day Saints for one fundamental reason: Through several very sacred experiences, I have received a specific and tailored confirmation on a personal level that it is the same church that Jesus Christ himself established. I've done my homework. I've studied all sides of the message and I can honestly say that I did so with an open mind. I am a very logical person and I have no problem taking my personal feelings out of the equation so that I can find the truth of any situation I find myself in. Well, I read the Book of Mormon for myself and I did as the prophet Moroni recommends when he says, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things." ...Well, I did just that. I read the Book of Mormon, and then I asked God, in the name of Christ, if the Book was not true. I made sure that, when I got down on my knees, that I believed that I would get an answer. I expected one. I had a genuine and sincere desire to know for myself if the things I had read and heard were true or if it was just another dogma like any other. I hope you'll believe me when I say that I had the most intense feeling in my heart. There was no light. There were no angels or voices from Heaven. There was only a powerful feeling that came over me, and I knew it was not something that came from me. There was a warmth and an overwhelming feeling of love...and then a whisper in my mind and in my heart. It's difficult to describe, but I knew then that it was all true. I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I knew that the Book of Mormon was inspired scripture and that it was true. I knew that this church is true.

How I live my faith

I served a full-time mission in Southern France from September of 2008 until August of 2010 that extended from Bordeaux to Nice. Since then, I reconnected with a kind of "High School Sweetheart" and we were married on October 7th, 2011. After we were married, I was asked if I would participate once more as a kind of missionary, only this time, I would simply be asked to go out when my schedule permits to help the full-time missionaries in my area to find and teach people who are interesting in learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also teach every once in awhile to a group of men in my congregation about the duties that we share as husbands, fathers, and brothers in the church. Besides that, I strive everyday to see the eternal value in every situation I find myself in. I believe that my life is designed to teach me specific principles. I believe that my Father in Heaven loves me and wants me to grow in the same way that my mortal father does. In fact, I know that my father is simply following the example of my Father in Heaven. Because of this, I believe that God would not waste a moment in my life; that He would tailor my life so that I would get the most out of it if I would pay attention to the details. I have found that the more attentive I am to the things that happen to me, both the consequences of choices that I make and things that are simply beyond my control, the more I am aware that there are eternal values that I learn. Inconviences in my life help me to develop patience. Pain helps me to understand the importance of making wise decisions. Happy moments, likewise, teach me that I am rewarded for doing what is right. Even things that are outside of my ability to control teach me to have love for the people around me and to be tolerant of their mistakes; perhaps someone else suffers because of mine. These fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ have a hidden value that few find.