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Hi I'm Brian.

I'm a husband and father. I work as a park ranger in the western US. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I met in college a few years ago. Since then we've been working and recently had our first baby. I work as a ranger for the National Park Service. This career has allowed me to live and work in a lot of spectacular places. As a ranger I enjoy the variety and challenge of my job; especially search and rescue work and the opportunity to aid people who get into trouble outdoors. I spend a lot of my free time climbing, skiing, and hiking. I work as a lay ecclesiastical leader in my church.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with my mom and siblings. Near the end of high school I started making decisions about things in my life. I realized that I needed to decide for myself whether or not I wanted to be a Mormon. I wondered if God existed and if the church was true. I knew this was a big decision that would shape the course of my life and I wanted to get it right. For a couple years I thought a lot about these things. I kept going to church and tried to figure out if it was true. I wondered how it would be possible to know the truth of something that I could not physically see. As I thought about this over time there was one thing that really stuck out to me. That was a peaceful, uplifting feeling I felt when I sincerely prayed, read the scriptures, or attended church. I did not find that wholesome feeling anywhere else. It was unique to the gospel. It made me want to change for the better and be more honest, faithful, and kind. The other thing I learned was that I had to act in order to learn and test things out. It didn't work to sit back and analyze from a distance. I had to sincerely pray in order to find out about prayer. I had to read the Bible and Book of Mormon to know if they were true. I had to commit and act first, and only then could I know whether a given teaching was good or bad, true or false. As I acted step by step on teachings of the gospel I found that they brought good things into my life. Those two things initially convinced me that I was on the right track. Since then, I have also had direct answers to prayer which occurred in miraculous ways. I have seen the gospel change and lift other people. I have learned things one piece at a time and found them to be true by experience.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is wonderful. It gives me a life that is rich with friends and opportunities to give volunteer service. It connects me to a group of people who are trying to build strong families, follow Jesus Christ, and do good in the world. It builds me up and gives me a strong foundation for everything I do in life. It is now Sunday evening, and I had a great day today. It started at a 7am meeting that I attended focused on missionary work in my town. We're working with the missionaries here to make sure that people who are interested in learning more about the church have the opportunity to do so. After that, at 7:45 I had a leadership meeting in which we discussed and organized different aspects of the congregation and identified a few families that could use some help for Christmas . At 9am I went to sacrament meeting with the whole congregation. At 10am I taught a Sunday School lesson about the life of Jesus Christ. At 11am I attended my men's group meeting where we had another lesson. This afternoon at 4pm I went to choir practice and sang some classic Christmas songs in preparation for the sacrament service on Christmas day. After that I visited a few families in my congregation to make sure they knew they were invited to the Christmas party. Sundays are frequently pretty busy like this, but I really enjoy it because I get to be with my wife and daughter for most of the day, I learn things in church, I get to spend time with lots of people in the community that I would probably not otherwise know very well, and I get the chance to be part of a big organization that is focused on the right things and trying to do good in the world. That's Sunday. Obviously the rest of the week is not as packed with church activities. I try to live my faith every other day by following Christ, being a friend to others, praying, studying the scriptures, and spending quality time with my wife and daughter.