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Hi I'm Brian

I was born in Utah, raised in Iowa, and have been living in Utah Valley for the last 7 or so years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born here in Utah, but moved to Iowa when I was two years old and lived there until my family moved back to Utah when I was about 15. I'm really into gaming, and spend a lot of my free time playing and enjoying all kinds of games with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church since both of my parents have been members all their lives -- but around the time that we were going to move back to Utah (so about the time I was 14-15 years old), I fell away and stopped coming to church. I was going through a lot of tough things and I abandoned my faith, and alternated for the next 5 years or so between identifying as agnostic and atheist. During this period, I made increasingly poor decisions and ending up at a kind of rock bottom. I realized that I wasn't in a good place and so I slowly began turning my life back around. But even after I got a full-time job and took on more responsibilities, I still felt unfulfilled, like something was missing from my life. Around this time, I became best friends with someone who made the decision to serve an 18-month mission for the church, and being close with them I saw how much the church made a difference in their life, and I wanted that light and fulfillment I saw for myself, too. Even though I had to go through a difficult repentance process and many meetings with my local bishop and there were countless times I wanted to just give up, I knew that what I was doing was the right thing. I felt the Spirit reading the scriptures daily, and praying constantly to our Father in Heaven for aid helped me to make it through. The more I continue to strive to live a Christ-like life and try to become a better person by following His teachings, the stronger my testimony of this gospel becomes and the more comfort I feel from the Holy Ghost. I wouldn't trade my membership in this church or my testimony of this gospel for anything. I know that this church is true, I know that the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible are the word of God. I know that through the Atonement of Christ we can all be saved and return to live with our Father in Heaven someday, and that gives me the hope I need to make it through each and every day.

How I live my faith

I help as an assistant Sunday School teacher for a class of 12 and 13 year olds and teach the lessons on Sunday almost every other week. I also have a couple of families that I visit at least once a month as a home teacher with a home teaching companion. I'm also about to serve a full-time 2 year mission for our church!

Why is family so important to Mormons?

We believe that families are able to live together forever in Heaven if they live righteously, and that families are a vital part of God's plan for His children, as a means for bringing children into the world where they can be taught his gospel. Show more Show less