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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a military-brat. I've lived on 3 continents. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a husband, and a dad. I love soccer, and have played since childhood. I currently coach my son's city rec team. I love to play racquetball, and have won a few tourneys. I enjoy reading, and can frequently be found keeping my wife up late with my reading light on....oops! I am a pharmacist by profession, and enjoy helping others. Our youngest son has Down Syndrome, and he continues to impress everyone who meets him.

Why I am a Mormon

 I remember sitting in a chior class in Bogota' Colombia as a young and timid 12 year old boy. The topic of "Mormons" came up, and one of the other kids mistakenly I believe it was an honest mistake referred to our faith as "morons". As the class chuckled, I was too embarrassed to correct his mistake. I was the only Mormon in the class. As a decendent of the earliest church members, my family has been blessed for 7 generations with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. "The Church" has always been a part of my life. But I have not always been a part of the church. As a high school junior, I had a fantastic teacher that challenged everything. I began to truly search my own moral foundations and beliefs. I knew and comprehended the gospel, but did I BELIEVE it? After much confusion and retaking of classes.... I finally arrived at the honest answer, I needed to ask God if it was true. So, for the first time individually, I read the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Then I prayed to God to know if the teachings in them were true. The warm and overpowering influence of God's spirit touch me, and I knew then that all the sunday school classes and the lessons at home from these scriptures were TRUE! The confusion and doubt were gone. There simply was any room left for doubt. God's spirit has a way of removing doubt and replacing it with complete peace. Since this experience as a young man, I have strived to follow what the scriptures teach. I have found happiness in the effort. The spirit of God has a way of continually reinforcing the truth and right. I make my fair shair of mistakes, and that is part of this earthly experience. Christ makes up for my own shortcomings, both now, and in the life after. Now I follow my ancestor's example. I teach mostly my children those who will listen about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Then I sit back and watch them search for answers from God on their and His - of course own terms. God loves us. Each and everyone of us. We are literally his children. He is our Father. He has spoken to us through prophets anciently recorded in the Bible, and also the Book of Mormon, and he has restored His priesthood again to the earth, complete with Prophets and Apostles. God does answer prayers. I have experienced this personally. I have witnessed others experience it. Faith and beleif is one on one. God, and each one of us.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in several aspects in my chuch. I have taught Sunday School to the youth, I have been a boy-scout leader for the young boys, and I have been a leader for the adults as well. Opportunities to serve come and go, but there is always a way to help out. From time to time, I am asked to give a talk preach in front of the congregation on Sundays. I currently have been a secretary to the adult leaders in my local congregation. I arrange appointments for the local leader a Bishop, and facilitate his schedule. I hold the priesthood of God, and am called upon to serve in various ways serving in the Temple volunteering time at the church cannery preparing food to be donated to those in need helping neighbors with local needs giving alms for distribution both locally, nationally, and internationally. The spiritual service is perhaps harder to quantify, but likely more important. Visiting others is encouraged, and I have several families that I call on at least monthly to check on the kids, the husband and wife, and see if I can do anything to help them. God contiues to bless me and mine, even as I try to serve others.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Brian
Mormons preform baptisms for all children of God. Christ's mandate to "be born again" is universal, including Himself. As John the baptist pointed out, John needed to be baptized of Jesus, not Jesus of John. But Chirst was baptized of John to fullfill all rightousness. In LDS Temples, ordinances like baptism are preformed for both living individuals for themselves, and also for deceased individuals by proxy preformed by living members of the church in the deceased's stead. God's church is providing a way that individuals who are deceased can choose to accept a baptism that has been preformed for them, by the proper authority. Our spirits do not cease at death, but rather continue. Christ's missionary work was organized by Him personally to those spirits in the afterworld. They cannot be baptized for themselves lacking bodies. So, mortals preform the baptisms in their stead in the Temples. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Brian
 Mormon's are peace loving, family oriented people. We strive to contribute to our communities, and both religious and civic. We strongly support marraige between 1 man and 1 woman as the base of the family unit. The family is the most important organization, and we support anything that stregnthens family ties and bonds. We do not support principles or ideals that weaken the family. I go to work during the week. On Saturday, I coach my son's soccer team. We take care of our yard. On Sunday, we worship at our local chapel. My wife stays home to be with our kids, to teach and love them. Next year, I will have 1 child in high school, 1 in junior high, and 2 in elementary school. My wife has served on the PTA for 5-6 years. We enjoy the local community theater when we have time it is actaully quite good, and my wife and I enjoy a evening out to eat, watch a movie, or whatever attracts our attention for the evening. I do not drink alcohol. I do not smoke. I avoid movies too risque usually anything PG-13 or stronger..... We visit family frequently my wife's family lives about 2,500 miles away, and we try to take the kids and visit as often as reasonable, and enjoy having friends over for bar-b-ques and games. Of course, there is always chasing the children in their many interests and activities. Show more Show less