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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a music lover. I'm a missionary. I'm a big brother. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a younger brother and 3 younger sisters, all members of the church. The youngest sister recently turned 8 after 6 1/2 years of living with us since we adopted her from China. I attended Brigham Young University for two semesters this past year before putting in my papers to serve a mission. I am currently serving in the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission, and will return sometime in 2017. I am an avid music fan. While I enjoy all kinds of music, I've recently gotten into electronic dance music and anything relating to dubstep or drum and bass music. My gentler side enjoys 90's rock music and movie soundtracks at times. I've practiced piano for roughly ten years and played trombone throughout all of my middle and high school years, though I stopped playing at the end of my senior year. The pianist in me still lives, though! I also enjoy watching Netflix in my spare time and playing video games whenever I can (sometimes, when I'm supposed to be doing other things...) I'm also a member of the Boy Scouts of America, and earned my Eagle Scout award at age 14 due to the encouragement of an especially dedicated Scoutmaster and church leader. However, if you asked me how to tie even basic knots, I probably couldn't help you with that. It's been a while...

Why I am a Mormon

In recent years, I began to question why I was a member of the church and whether or not I truly believed in what I had been taught. In asking myself these questions, I realized that I had never truly prayed to know for certain if these things were true, nor had I ever read the scriptures to know with real intent if these things were true. As I turned 18, I noticed the negative impact that this began to have on me, and vowed to change all of that. I began to read the Book of Mormon at a pace that I was comfortable with, and I worked to surround myself in an environment that would promote the presence of the Holy Ghost in my life. I talked with some of the church leaders who loved me and wanted the best for me, and I worked up the courage and determination to pray more often. I came to the realization that this is the path that my life is supposed to take. To share what I've learned with others and help them understand what my purpose here on Earth is. Maybe after my mission, I can eventually teach my children someday. Even though I haven't left on my mission quite yet, I've already engaged in missionary work here at home, and I have many people behind me supporting my decision. I have the support of God, but I also have the support of all of his children, and I'm eternally grateful for that. I've seen the good that this gospel brings into people's lives. There have been times when I've had doubts or concerns, but I'm willing to push forward with faith in these teachings and in God himself. I can't deny the truth that I've learned and felt in my life. Not when it's gotten me through tough times and gotten me to this point, where I'm more and more ready everyday to serve a mission. My family wouldn't be where they are today without the influence of the gospel to guide them. Even my non-member father understands the importance of listening to the influence of the Holy Ghost. That is why I am a member.

How I live my faith

I was born to Catholic parents, but my mother converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 6 years old. My dad is still a Roman Catholic, but has always supported our decision to participate in church callings, activities, and responsibilities. I was baptized into the church at 8, and I've been an active member ever since. Throughout my youth, I was especially active with other friends of mine in the church. The Boy Scouts program especially helped in forming relationships with some of the closest friends that I have today. After 4 years of work, I earned my Eagle Scout at the age of 15 due to a dedicated and determined Scoutmaster who also functioned as a leader in the church. I always attended church youth activities and took opportunities to bring my friends who weren't members to some of those activities or at least invite them. The people around me who aren't members of the church know about my faith and my determination to be a part of it, and I've had very insightful conversations with friends about what I believe and how I let it influence what direction my life will take me.