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Hi I'm Briant

I have lived in Salt Lake City but spent several years in Boston and Denver, and two years as a missionary in Italy.

About Me

I have been married for 38 great years and we have five grown children, four boys and a girl in the middle. They are now all grown now and we have five grandchildren. I worked for 37 years as a geochemist for the U.S. Geological Survey, and now am retired. I spent many years studying the chemistry of metals in streams in areas of mining. That took me to beautiful places all around the western U.S. and even in Italy. I have always been a hiker in the beautiful mountains around Salt Lake and any other place I can hike. I also love to run and bike. But now that I am retired I always look for chances to be with my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was initially a Mormon because of my birth and family. I was baptized at age 8, just as most children born into the church. But I remember very well when my membership in the church became personal and the center of my life. As I was finishing high school, my commitment to the church was not strong; I moved forward mostly on the borrowed faith from my parents and family. When I proposed to my parents that I not take the religious seminary classes my last year of high school, they reluctantly allowed me to make that choice. I wanted to take a second year of chemistry and other classes instead. I promised them that in exchange I would read the Book of Mormon. I had read it before, but mostly just to get through it, never to ponder it. So I was true to my promise and read the Book of Mormon that year. I have to say that my life has never been the same. I gained a testimony of the truth of what that book says it is, the word of God to come to light in our times to support and strengthen the word of God in the Bible. I like to think that I have never looked back.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is not just a Sunday activity for me. I have had the great privilege to serve the past 3 years as a bishop to a congregation of young single adults, from ages 18 through 30. Serving them has blessed me to grow from seeing their hopes, faith, courage, and enthusiasm for life. My wife and I have had great joy in being with them and I have been able to be involved in the lives of many of them as they have sought council and made changes in their lives. As we look at this ending (they only let us have that much fun for 3 years), we are about to embark on a full-time mission, for 18 months, for the church to the Italy Rome Mission. I served as a missionary there 40 years ago, and I have always had the hope and dream to return and serve the Italians again. In these and in many other assignments in the Church over the years, being a Mormon has shaped our goals and our time. I believe I have also tried to live my faith each day in the way I have tried to be a father and a husband. We have been blessed to have children, and now we are blessed with daughters in law and grandchildren. My faith motivates me to love and cherish all of them. Being a Mormon means that I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ and that I serve my family and my fellow beings as He would.