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Hi I'm Brandon

I'm a husband and a father of 4. I've lived in the Bay Area and the Amazon jungles of Brazil. I love sports. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have 3 beautiful daughters and a talented son. We love to camp, travel and play games together. My favorite time each week, however, is date night with my wife. That may be reading time at Barnes & Noble, a movie, or debating politics over fish tacos at Rubio's. I've worked in the commercial real estate industry for 12 years. Currently, I manage corporate real estate for a large education company. I regularly travel to many of our 100+ college campuses across the country to help our schools grow. The highlight for me is seeing young adults prepare for careers. I grew to love mountain biking several years ago. I ride at least weekly in the rocky foothills surrounding Phoenix and do my best to avoid running into cactus. Playing backyard hoops with my son is another one of my favorite "after work" activities. I had fantastic experiences earning degrees at BYU, but the greatest "educational" experiences of my life came while I lived in the Amazon rainforests of northern Brazil as a missionary for my Church. I had some unique adventures (eating freshly caught piranha, stumbling across large anaconda, and traveling by boat up the Amazon river). I grew a deep love for the Brazilian people, their culture, and soccer (of course). But the greatest impact came as I witnessed peoples' lives change through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the Bay Area, California, I was one of the few Mormons in my high school. I didn’t “party” like most of my peers did. My faith and morals were regularly tested—at school, on sports teams, and at parties. I can remember wrapping up a fun prom night my Senior year, only to find out the following Monday that the rest of my prom group had decided to stay out much later. They got into trouble on several fronts and made decisions I know they regretted. The gospel of Jesus Christ kept me rooted and focused as a teenager. Not only did it provide me the strength to stay strong, but I found that being “good” came naturally, because of my faith. Attending early morning church seminary classes throughout high school helped me grow a deep love for the Savior Jesus Christ and His gospel. The gospel gave me great perspective on the purpose of life, and it developed in me a deep appreciation for my family and friends. I had a deep desire to share the gospel message with others someday as a full-time missionary for my Church. During my high school years, I ran my own landscaping company. I saved nearly every penny in order to finance my planned 2-year journey as a full-time missionary for the Church. At 19, I left for Brazil and had one of the most rewarding adventures of my life. The message of Jesus Christ's gospel means everything in the world to me. It binds me close to my family. It keeps me grounded and focused. It motivates me at home, in the community and even in my professional pursuits. I am so thankful to know without any doubt what will happen to me and my family after this life. It brings me great peace to know God has a perfect plan for all of us. By obeying His commandments, we have the opportunity to return to live with him, with our families and with our friends.

How I live my faith

My wife and I try to instill in our children the same gospel principles we learned growing up. We pray and we read from the Bible and/or Book of Mormon together as a family every morning before heading off for the day. It’s amazing what a positive difference that simple activity makes in our attitudes and activities. We also frequently engage in service opportunities together as a family. Our children have learned to enjoy working and serving as much as they do playing. As a couple, my wife and I frequently worship in our church’s local temples in Mesa and Gilbert. The church’s temples are the most beautiful places on earth. We find that we may endure a long, tiring, tough week of “life,” but then spending a few hours in the temple together blesses us to emerge peaceful, enlightened and even more in love. I devote a good portion of my time to serving the youth of our church congregation. I love working with teenagers! I teach them the same foundational gospel principles that had such an impact on my life as a teenager. We play sports together, we hike & camp, and we even research possible career paths together so that they have solid footing as they head off to college and onto LDS missions of their own.