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Hi I'm Brian

I grew up in the Midwestern United States. I love airplanes, music, and home-grown, home-cooked food. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by machines, especially aircraft. I love to study history and the physical sciences; I want to understand why things are the way they are, and how everything works. I studied aerospace engineering in college, but I have put that aside for now in order to serve as a missionary for the Lord. I'm excited to love and serve the people of Atlanta, Georgia. I love to sing, especially renaissance, classical, and barbershop music. I love music that lifts the spirit and calms the troubled heart. I also enjoy gardening; it is a joy to quite literally see the fruits of my labors. I have found that honest work of all kinds teaches us important and eternal lessons about God, family, the divine potential of each person, and the purpose of life.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ as a child. In my childhood home, we attended church each week, studied the scriptures together as a family, and learned to love and revere the name of Christ. My parents taught us about the Atonement of Christ, the purpose of life, and the restoration of the Lord's church in these days. We were taught to study the Bible and the Book of Mormon, along with the words of modern prophets. We were taught to pray and listen to the Holy Ghost, to love God and one another, and to become like Jesus Christ. My parents showed us by their example that they believed these things to be true. I learned from experience that kindness and reverence for God makes us feel happy--selfishness and disobedience to God causes sadness and confusion. I have often prayed to Heavenly Father to help me to learn truth. The first time I read the Book of Mormon on my own, I privately knelt and prayed, pleading with the Lord to tell me whether the Book of Mormon is true scripture. I felt a reassuring calm in my heart. I realized that the Lord had already shown me great evidences of the truthfulness of that book, and of the prophet Joseph Smith who restored Christ's church in modern times. I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is personally led by Jesus Christ, and that the prophets and apostles who lead this church have been called and set apart by God for that purpose. All my life, I have seen many simple evidences of this. I have seen that sincere repentance brings the peace of God's forgiveness. It has changed my heart and my life. The more I study this church and this gospel, the more I ask myself, "How can this not be true?" How grateful I am for a God who loves us enough to give us commandments, and for a Savior who loves us enough to bear our burdens with unspeakable valor and infinite compassion.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a missionary in the Georgia Atlanta mission. I invite others to come closer to Jesus Christ through faith, repentance, baptism, and obedience to His commandments. In the past, I have served as a Sunday school teacher for children, and as a Cub Scout den leader. I tend to be rather reserved by nature, so home teaching is a challenging but enormously rewarding experience for me. In truth, I try not to let my faith in Christ be just "one corner" of my life. I try to tune my mind and my heart to the voice of the Holy Ghost, so that everything I do and all that I am can be used in His service. I strive each day to come a little bit closer to the day when my whole soul is devoted to the work of God--namely, the work of helping others to prepare for a life of eternal joy in the presence of our Heavenly Father. In this effort, I know I have much to learn. I find that as I do my best to repent each day and humble myself before the Lord, He gradually purifies my heart and brings me closer to what He intends me to become. I can think of no greater reward than to someday hear Him speak these precious words to me: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Jesus Christ has always commanded His people to teach the truth to others. When He lived on earth, He commanded His twelves apostles, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or "Mormon" church, is also led by Jesus Christ. It is the same church, with the same authority and the same purpose as the church that Jesus organized anciently. The commandment to teach the gospel is still in force, and Christ has even repeated the instruction several times to the leaders and members of this church. So, one reason Mormon missionaries proselyte is simply to be obedient to Christ, who is our head. Another, deeper, reason is that all people have an innate desire to share good things with those they love, and Mormons are no different. This church teaches the truth about who God is, and who we are. We learn about the purpose of life. We learn that God has given us commandments to teach us how to be happy. He has given us prophets to teach us, and a church that gives us opportunities to serve and love each other. When we taste the joy that comes from being a part of this church, we naturally feel a desire to bring that great blessing to the entire world. This desire is part of the pure love of Christ that we strive to develop within ourselves. In short, Mormon missionaries proselyte because we love God and we love His children. Teaching the gospel serves both God and mankind. Show more Show less