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Hi I'm Brian Packer

I'm an Idaho kid who married an Idaho girl, have 4 children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho, went to school in Idaho but spent 2 years as a full-time missionary for the LDS church on the island of Mindinao in the Philippines and decided I wanted to do some International business. I've had the opportunity to travel much of the world in various employment opportunities including moving my family to Ireland for a period of time. Despite moving nearly 20 times in the 23 years my wife and I have been married My family and I have found a sense of family everywhere we have been because of our active involvement in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We live in the small town my wife grew up in and love it here - but I have found that happiness can be found in every corner of this planet - because happiness isn't an external thing, it's internal.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ from my infancy. I was blessed to be born the youngest of 9 children and of good parents who loved me, brought me to church, taught correct principles and who set good examples. They were not perfect, but they were striving towards it. Like many who grow up under such circumstances it wasn't really until my teenage years that I ever truly dug into my soul and searched for truth. I assumed everything I had been taught was true - until I had a series of events, friends, circumstances etc. that caused me to question and think "what if it isn't true?" I needed to know for myself and I needed to have my own beliefs cemented in my soul - not just rely on what others around me believed. I had to stand on my own testimony instead of my parents and siblings. I spent time reading and pondering the Book of Mormon - reading it from cover to cover. I prayed, and prayed for some sort of manifestation. I wanted to "experience a miracle" and I did. I didn't see angels, or hear voices. I did feel a strong feeling of comfort and light that assured me that I was learning true and correct principles and that what I knew to be true, was from God. I was able to take that foundation and devote 2 years of my life to the full-time service of God as a missionary and then really start to learn what this all meant. Over the years, I have made many mistakes. I'm a very imperfect person with weaknesses that cause me to feel ashamed and unworthy. The most important aspect of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that He loves me, that He cares for me, that He has provided a way for me to overcome the chains of sin and return to Him and my Father in Heaven. He has created a pathway for forgiveness and peace that comes through Him and by Him. I cannot imagine a life without that peace and comfort. Forgiveness through the atonement of Jesus Christ is what has brought me the most joy both for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my fellow man, and thereby serve my God. One of the great aspects of growing up in the LDS faith was seeing that my parents and older siblings all served faithfully and set an example that "that is simply what we do". I have since learned that while it's "what we do" it is that way because we have found the magic recipe for happiness - it is in service. My parents were happiest when serving, my older siblings were happy when serving, so I figured out that recipe and have tried to remember it. When life hands you difficult times, and we all get those, then go serve someone else who is having a struggle and your problems become less burdensome. I've had the opportunity to serve in various ways from wiping noses and feeding crackers in the nusery at church to various leadership roles that receive more attention and recognition - and the same principle holds true. It doesn't matter where you are serving, the serving itself is what matters.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Brian Packer
The Bible and other Christian religions teach many great truths that help bring people the peace and comfort of coming unto Christ. This is not something that can only happen through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Having said that, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides a very clear pathway to help people come closer to Jesus Christ and therefore receive the joy and peace that we all want. There is more as well, as members of the LDS church we have the opportunity to participate in ordinances just as Jesus initiated when he established His True Pathway (church) during his earthly ministry and through those ordinances find guidance, help, truth, peace and a closeness to God. These ordinances, just as Jesus taught, must be performed by His authority. This is the key, His authority allows man to act in His name. We know this authority now as the Priesthood. During the Apostasy mentioned above the Priesthood fell away and the world went into the Dark Ages. Eventually God needed to return His authority to earth and He did so through His ways - through a young man who became the Prophet of God. Just as He chose young men in the past like Samuel, Joseph and David from the Old Testament. Show more Show less