What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Bryan

I have lived in Southern California all my life. I have 5 kids, love to learn new things, fly airplanes and anything outdoors.

About Me

I have been married for 12 years and have 5 kids. I ran track and played soccer throughout high school and ran collegiate track, specifically the decathlon. After one season I got married and sought full time work so my track dreams ended, but new ones emerged. I became police officer, spending a significant amount of time as a K9 handler. I served a two year full time mission to the Philippines. I am an Eagle Scout and from my Boy Scout years, I gained an appreciation and love for anything outdoors. I love to hike, camp, run, mountain bike and a more recent hobby, flying. I always wanted to fly but it was not until I obtained my bachelors degree at 30 years of age, that I finally accomplished this goal. I am working on my Master's degree. I also wanted to be an architect, but it never happened. I love to build and create. I drew my own plans and added onto my home twice as my family grew. It was a huge learning experience. I plan to build a new home for my family one day. I had knee surgery a number of years ago and after physical therapy, I decided to run a marathon, so I did in 3 hours and 27 minutes. I have a goal to qualify and run in the Boston marathon (then no more marathons). My family loves to go on trips with our tent trailer and as long as we are together we are happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know its true. Faith is an important part of the gospel. I do not have a visible witness of Christ or if the gospel taught in the church is the truth, but what I do have is the Holy Ghost. It is through the Holy Ghost that I have felt and received that personal revelation of the truthfulness of the gospel. I do not doubt. I do not need to have a vision because I have felt it and that is good enough for me. It has come through everyday decisions, big decisions, small decisions, simple acts and through trials. It has been realized after the fact when at the time I did not know why things were happening. It happened while serving my mission across the pacific in the Philippines and at every child's birth. It happens when I look into the skies and see miracles in other people's lives. I am a Mormon because it is the truth and I know it.

How I live my faith

I am the 2nd counselor in the Bishopric in my ward (congregation), which means I help conduct at meetings, interview members who need help and other administrative duties. This also means I am gone from my family more than I would like, but I have a testimony that when I am obedient and follow the commandments of a loving and just Heavenly Father, my family and I will be blessed with all that we need. It is promised that if we put the things of God first, all other things will be given to us. I have been blessed tremendously with lots of small miracles. It has not always been easy, but I know God will keep his promise. I live my faith so I will have eternal life with my Father in Heaven and my family. Life is a necessity with all its temptations, roads, bumps, hills, valleys, and straightaways. I find that as I live the gospel I feel more at peace and in tune and I can cope with the trials and demands of life. It is not easy being a police officer and a Mormon. I have found that my quiet example is noticed more than when I am vocal. I am often approached in private about my beliefs and what the gospel and church are about. I am the only member of the church where I work, so I am questioned often and watched closely. I welcome the opportunity to be an example and share the gospel.