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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a descendant of European immigrants who accepted the gospel in their native lands. I'm a retirement planner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and a father of 5 children. I enjoy the outdoors, camping, canoeing, ATV trail-riding, fishing, etc. I've recently become interested in triathlons. Prior to 2010, I think the last mile I had run was my senior year in high school. I just completed my first Sprint distance triathlon. My wife has suggested that we both train for an Olympic distance. I'm surprised to say, "I believe I can do it."

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 8. My parents and siblings, with the exception of my younger sister, were all members of the church. I remember feeling proud of what I had done, feeling very happy. I have had more proud moments and I’ve made more than my share of mistakes. But, I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe He dispenses the conditions for forgiveness through His chosen disciples, prophets and apostles. In a world with so many competing opinions, I feel blessed to know where to find truth in it purity and fullness. I find it in the scriptures, in the words of modern-day prophets, and in the whisperings of God’s spirit to mine.

How I live my faith

After serving in the Stake Sunday School organization for a few years, I have been recently assigned as an advisor to the 12/13 year old Deacons boys and Assistant Scout Master. Having been assigned to lead adults during my married life, I'm excited to work with the youth. Looking back, it was during 6th and 7th grade that I saw myself and my classmates start down individual paths, some good and some not so good. Youth at this age have so much power, the power to choose the course for many years to come. I hope I can influence the boys I'm called advise and teach for the better.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Brian
The most important reason is that I believe a prophet of God (Joseph Smith) commanded it. It is called the Word of Wisdom. The revelation can be found here: Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21. The use of substances that have addictive qualities doesn't only affect the user. Addiction becomes a family disease, one that can't be healed without much work on Earth and power from heaven. Effects of addiction on the family can be felt for generations, even "dry" generations who don't use. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Brian
All of us, in our own ways, are powerless, powerless over habits, addictions, tragedy, disappointment, the current of family dysfunction, or worldly customs. These help us remember that while we each have greatness within us, we all fall short of the glory of God since no unclean thing can dwell in His presence. By following the principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can come to believe that He will use His power to remove our guilt and actually change us, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Brian
We believe in self-reliance. We also accept that things happen in life that are outside of our control. Those who can assist are asked to help those who are in need. If the program is working, those who were in need in the past are those who can assist others in need today. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Brian
Much of the activities of the Mormon missionaries are funded by the missionary and his (or her) family. They are asked to give all for the 18 to 24 months they are assigned to neighborhoods throughout the world. I remember while serving in Ecuador for 24 months that it felt to me like the Sabbath every day of the week, and like Christmas all year 'round. At the end, I was excited to return to this way of life after getting married, raising my family and saving enough money to do it again, and again, this time with my wife. Show more Show less