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Hi I'm Brian

I'm a father of three incredible boys who know they are superheros, a little princess, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful family. My wife and I have been married for almost twelve wonderful years. We have three great boys and a little lady, each with their unique personality, and their unique challenges. One of our children is a special-needs child, who has been a tremendous blessing in our home. Thing 2 was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. We feel the anguish that so many parents feel, as they help their challenged loved one progress in a world that seems to move faster than they do. At the same time, we are blessed beyond measure with the little things in life. Thing 2 has taught us so many things, and our faith in God has helped us to better understand how to serve and love. My wife and I both love the arts - she plays the harp while I work in my woodshop, crafting furniture, cabinets, picture frames, and other crafts. I love building most anything, and I love listening to whatever she has strumming away. We love camping, backpacking and adventuring, whether its at a science museum or scampering up a mountain in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but as anybody else, at some point in my life, I had to make a critical evaluation of my faith. "Is this stuff true?" "Is Joseph Smith a prophet?" "Does God speak to man today?" These were all real questions that I encountered as I entered college, living away from home for the first time. I did as the prophet Moroni of the Book of Mormon challenges us in Moroni 3:5, and as James of the New Testament suggests (James 1:5). I asked God if these things were true, with a humble heart, and it was made remarkably clear to me, the truth of all things. That was a defining moment for me, as it cemented as truth all the things that I had been taught as a child and as a youth. The impact that would have on the remainder of my life is still a work in progress. I have always appreciated and enjoyed the associations in the church. One employer once told me "you Mormons are like Nomads... no matter where you go, you have instant friends!" It's true. We have moved from California to Utah, to Maryland, to Utah, back to California, to Arkansas... and as hard as we try to get away, back to California. Everywhere we have gone, we have had an instant family. We have been surrounded by wonderful people, ready to extend the helping hand of fellowship, and not just on Sundays. We have enjoyed our membership in that family, and the opportunities we have had to serve others in like manner.

How I live my faith

Do what you say and say what you mean. One of the greatest things about the church is the opportunity to serve with the youth. I have been blessed to serve with the Boy Scouts and to teach the youth in Sunday School. It has been a tremendous honor to sit with these boys and girls in council and listen to them discuss the needs of fellow class members and determine how they can best serve each of their friends. What wonderful youth we have, and what wonderful teachers they are to us older folk.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Brian
Our house is always a party! Each December our family hosts a Christmas Open House in our home. We invite everyone from work, school, the neighborhood, and church to attend. We share baked goods, my dear wife plays the harp, we sign songs, and have a great time. We cherish the opportunity to sing those sacred Christmas hymns and remember the birth of our Savior, Christ the Lord. Halloween is also a favorite in our home - Thing 1 and Thing 2 both celebrate their birthdays in that general vicinity, so we get all of their friends together for a costume party/birthday party bash. It's a blast. Show more Show less