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Hi I'm Brian (Dink) Budd

I am a 44 years old husband and father of three. I live in the same small Virginia town in which I was born. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family and I love to go camping, ride bikes, play basketball, hiking and volleyball. We enjoy doing many activities together such as watching movies or playing board games. In my spare time I like to whittle walking-sticks and have quite a collection of them. I also have a huge collection of marbles. I am currently going back to school, and am working on a degree in Education. I have a very spoiled Great Dane named Maggie, who think that no one else can walk her but me. I come from a family of 6 kids and we all live fairly close to each other. Family is very important to us and we like to spend time together with extended family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I think I have always had a knowledge that I am a child of God. We visited the Sacred Grove in New York when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I remember being told about what happened there and about the First Vision. I remember how impressed I was at the spirit I felt and thinking to myself, "yeah, that's right!" I grew up and went on a mission. I got to the MTC and suddenly doubted myself for a minute. I prayed fervently to Heavenly Father for reassurance. I clearly heard a voice say to me, "You have always known". I realized that I had, and that I shouldn't have let my faith waiver. I keep that memory close to me as a reminder to remain faithful. I love the way the Gospel makes my life so simple and gives me daily structure and purpose. My religion helps me remember what Heavenly Father has done for me. I live each day trying to live up to His love He has for me.

How I live my faith

I am currently as a councelor in the Bishopric in our ward. It was kind of intimidating at first, but I really enjoy helping the Bishop work with members of our ward. I like to sit on the stand each week and see the faces of those who come to worship our Heavenly Father. I still get to teach a class now and then which is the really fun part. Working with the youth of the ward is very rewarding for me. I live my life by a set of rules that I have set for myself. I try to be true to myself and to Heavenly Father. Sometimes being totally honest can be very difficult because we try to keep from hurting other people's feelings. I find that when we weigh our decisions against what Heavenly Father wants us to do, making difficult decisions becomes easier. He has a plan for us to return to live with Him. He wants us to be happy and make good choices. He shows us the way that we can do just that. His desire is for us to succeed in our journey through this life, on our way back home.