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Hi I'm Brian

I grew up in an Idaho farmtown, now I work in Spokane's downtown. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents were converts - my father as a boy, my mother when I was a boy. I was the first missionary from my family, having served in California Oakland. I attended Eastern Washington University to play quarterback, graduated top of my class, and now work for NAI Black of Spokane, brokering commercial real estate transactions. My wife and I have three children, all under 6 years old.

Why I am a Mormon

I've found that when I do the things that the church says to do, I'm happy. When I don't, I feel like I've disappointed Jesus Christ. I feel a closeness to him that I believe is rare, and the church keeps that closeness intact. I first read the Book of Mormon as a high school freshman and knew it was true. Later, as a college freshman quarterback, for the first time in my life I couldn't learn everything about the team's playbook and really struggled. One October day, I was kneeling in the sun with my practice gear on and decided I would serve. I immediately was able to understand the playbook and had a clarity of purpose that I hadn't had before. I've made mistakes since then, but never doubted the truthfulness of the church.

How I live my faith

I make a concerted effort to help people make better decisions and use whatever influence I have with people to improve their lives, and mine, if they want to. I work hard at my job, I expect my kids to be great, and I seek out great books and brilliant thinkers so I can better understand my world and make better decisions.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Brian
We believe - stridently - that life is designed to make us happy in this life, and bring us eternal happiness in the life to come. One thing friends of mine have said before is that they don't believe they can truly be happy in life but when they return to God to live with him, they'll finally be at peace and find happiness. I couldn't disagree with that assessment more. Life can be happy. We come here and our spirits are born into a body. That body can feel so many different things, and over time and through wise choices we can learn to use that body to do good and choose good over doing or choosing things that are not good. Choosing good things helps us become better inside, and the happiness that wells within you from knowing you're at some level being a little bit like Jesus Christ - even if it's just in the choices you make - is a pretty awesome feeling. Family is central to us. There will be bumps in the road but if you can bond together and see the light down the way, the tough days become easier to manage - at least in part because you manage them together - and the good days are more fulfilling. Happiness should not be a never-ending pursuit or search, it should be a daily experience. Finding that peace and happiness here my way of knowing you are fulfilling your purpose in this life. Show more Show less