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Hi I'm Brig

I love to sing. Play guitar. Laugh. And ... [drumroll] ... I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'm just ... me, plain and simple. Where to start? I'm the second of four boys in my family. I'm 27 years old and currently going to Brigham Young University in Provo (majoring in Psychology), and I'll be graduating in April 2014. I'm engaged to a beautiful girl named Sarah who makes my life complete. We'll be getting married in May 2014 just after graduation. I love music. When I listen to a good song, I get in a certain zone that nothing else can get me into, and I love it. I also love to sing and play the guitar. I have a really cool studio microphone and studio software so that I can record my own stuff. I've written a few songs, including a rap. It's soooo much fun to just play around with recording new things and then to see how it turns out. I'm also a bit of a technology buff. I work as the technical support manager for a small business that deals in really nifty connectivity gadgets such as video converters and splitters, and so like to think I have an affinity for techie stuff. And hey, even if it turns out that my concept of "techie" is off and I really don't know what I'm doing, it's still a lot of fun! I'm not an active participant in the whole Apple vs. Android thing, but I will tell you I'm an Android guy, phone and tablet :) Last but certainly not least, I love laughter. Laughter to me is the spice of life that makes it bearable. It truly is the best medicine, and I suspect if we all consistently got the proper dose that the world would be a better place :)

Why I am a Mormon

Some might think that being a lifetime Mormon that this is just tradition for me. But the experiences that have shaped my faith are so much more than just that. I still distinctively remember a moment in my 11-year-old life in which I was watching the deacons pass the Sacramental bread and water during our Sunday service, and thinking about how we do what we do in our church largely because of the life and work of Joseph Smith, whom we believe to be a modern-day Prophet who restored Jesus Christ's original church to the earth. As I pondered over Joseph's story in my young mind, something clicked for the first time. I couldn't quite understand it, but somehow I felt certain that the story I had learned was true; that Joseph Smith really was a Prophet, and that the church to which I belonged was Jesus Christ's true church. I knew it so powerfully. I would later come to understand that I had been impressed upon by the Holy Ghost, the teacher of truth. Fast-forward to age 20. After having been wayward for a few years (and growing more and more so), I had always had in the back of my mind that my current lifestyle was only a phase, and that I would eventually live true to the standards I knew were true and good. One night, after getting home late and not having been up to any good, a distinct thought took center stage of my mind. The simple thought was "why don't I live by the principles I want to live by right now?" It was simple, but hit me profoundly. Humbled, I hit my knees that night in prayer (a practice I had been inconsistent with), and moments after had the warmest, happiest, most exquisite feeling come upon me. Again, it was the Holy Ghost, which brought me forgiveness of my sins, along with a taste of what living by my faith's principles would do for me. That experience changed the course of my life. I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, and that the church he established is Christ's true church restored to the earth.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life, the very center point around which everything else revolves. I believe strongly in the notion that if I put God and Jesus Christ first in my life, that everything else will have a way of working out for the best. And when I exercise my faith and put this notion to the test, God never lets me down :) He has a way of bringing prosperity and joy to those who put their trust in Him. I don't mean to pretend that this is always easy. In fact, each and every day I find myself still trying to figure it out. It can be easy to forget how God applies to a novel situation when I'm living in the moment without the luxury of slow motion living, but give me 30 or 40 years and perhaps I'll be quicker on the fly. I say that part jokingly, but the reality is that I often feel like I'm truly a small child in this universe, and I recognize that I've been granted a whole lifetime so that I can learn how to live according to such fundamental principles as being like my Savior Jesus Christ, or the need to incorporate God into every aspect of my life. The important thing is that I try my very best, one day at a time, so that by the time I'm called back home to God I will have become much more like Jesus than when I first arrived on this planet. I participate in my local church ward by helping with the leadership over the Sunday School portion of our worship services. I serve in what's called the Sunday School Presidency as a counselor to the President. It's my job to organize classes, train teachers, conduct Sunday School meetings, and help out in any other needed ways. I also serve as a home teacher to some members of my ward. This means that I'm basically called to be a friend to these people; to help them with any needs/struggles they may have, to encourage, uplift, help, edify, strengthen, and just be there for them however I can. All of us in the ward share in this type of responsibility, and try to be there for one another in this way.