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Hi I'm Brooks Holtom

I am a husband, father and bishop. I teach management at Georgetown University in Washington DC. I am a marathon runner.

About Me

I like to run with my kids. The older kids run with me and the younger kids ride their bikes. We also like to play basketball. To date, I have been fortunate to coach our three oldest boys in basketball. I look forward to coaching our youngest, our daughter. We also like to hike and climb as a family. I have climbed to the top of Mt Rainier in Washington state and Mt Cotopaxi in Ecuador...two of the highest active volcanoes in North and South America. I have run 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon. Every year I run a couple of half marathons and other shorter races. Each year we run as a family in a 5K and raise money for ovarian cancer research...to remember a loved one. My work as a university professor takes me to many interesting places in the world. I have taught executives on every continent (except Antarctica).

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors were among those who first embraced the gospel in England and the eastern United States. Many traveled across the United States in wagons and handcarts. They settled in the Intermountain West where my parents were born. My father and mother served faithfully in the Church and initially my faith was grounded in my experience with them. However, when I was 19, I had a deep desire to know if the Church is true. So, I read both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. After doing so, I asked God if these books of scripture are true. Through the power of the Holy Ghost I came to know that they are the word of God. Since then I have never doubted. I have received additional witnesses of the Holy Ghost, all of which strengthen my resolve to live the Gospel...or in other words, to be a good Mormon. I have also had the privilege of seeing other people embrace the Gospel and observing how the Holy Ghost works in their lives. This miracle increases my faith and hope for the future.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by serving others. I know that when we are serving God's children, we honor him. Gratefully, I have many opportunities to help others through my service as a bishop in the church. Recently we have enjoyed volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. We are building a house in St Louis, VA. It has been very satisfying seeing it rise up from the earth as a testament to hard work and generous neighbors. Perhaps the most important service is in our home. We read the scriptures and pray each day as a family. We also try to apply what we are learning to situations we face each day at work or school or in the community. We have many neighbors of various faiths. We enjoy sharing holiday traditions with them and learning from them.