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Hi I'm Brian

I worked with young single students and newly married students for 43 years. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to hike and backpack. I have been up all of the high points in the Western United States except Mt. McKinley in Alaska. I have also hiked extensively in the canyon lands of Utah and Arizona. I usually hike with my sons and infrequently with my wife or my daughters. I also enjoy playing the piano. I have found that the time and effort expended to learn to play the piano is more than compensated for by the fact that it "gives back" for a lifetime. I dabble a little in poetry as well and love to write religious verse and poetry that deals with life experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I cannot remember a time when I did not believe its doctrines and teachings. I heard the precious stories of Jesus from the New Testament and the Book of Mormon at my mother's knee. I felt her conviction as she told the stories and sang the hymns and songs of our faith. I participated in the youth programs of the church and look back on my youthful years with a great deal of satisfaction. Those were years of personal growth. The experiences were not without pain and disappointment, but there was much of happiness and achievement as well. In the New Testament the Apostle Paul spoke of the gospel coming not only in word, "but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance." Looking back I can identify many times when these kinds of assurances resonated with my own personal experiences. I was witness to the confirming power of the Holy Ghost as it testified to myself and others when I served as a young missionary in Canada. I remember being humbled by the difference this gospel made in the lives of those who accepted our message and lived by its precepts. I remember many times in my life when I have been surprised and moved to tears by the witness of the Holy Spirit that accompanied the singing of a hymn or the recognition of some great truth that was underscored as I listened to a sermon or walked in a sacred place. I love the truths taught in the scriptures and by modern prophets and apostles. I love the special fellowship that exists in the congregations to which I have belonged. Jesus said, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." While burdened with the personal flaws that it is easy to find in myself and acknowledging the imperfection in others, there is still a special bond of love that exists in Mormon congregations. For these and so many other reasons, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was a teacher in the LDS Church religious education program and worked with youth and young adults for 41 years. After retiring my wife and I served an educational mission at BYU Hawaii. I taught in the Religion Department and she worked in the admissions office. While in Hawaii we spent our Sundays worshipping and associating with young married students and their little families in student congregations. The students at BYU Hawaii come from many different nations. It was a great blessing to see them preparing for successful careers. It was hard to say "good-bye" when they graduated knowing that our paths would probably not cross again. Since returning from Hawaii I have been serving as a teacher of young men age 16-18 in our local congregation. This is a wonderful age. The young men are in their final years of high school. Many of them will soon leave their families and serve as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a joy to see their enthusiasm and to feel their anticipation. My wife and I also serve in the Draper Utah Temple one day every week. We find great joy in helping the patrons who come to have a sacred and rewarding experience. Families are important in our faith and my wife and I have a large family. With ten children, five sons and five daughters, and 43 grand children we find ourselves busy with ball games, school programs, religious events, graduations, reunions, and etc. We find great joy in our family and are delighted that the children and grand children love each other.