Elder Christy Briggs (Sandy, UT) - I am the youngest of five brothers. As a family of individual LDS converts, I was the first full-time missionary to serve a mission in my generation. Today, I am the single father of four sons and two wonderful daughter-in-laws. My only grandchild, Gabriel, is three years old and was born on Valentine’s Day 2008. Ask any one of my sons about the challenges of being raised with a heavenly Mom and a no-nonsense Dad. But ask my sons about the “heck” any of five former Relief Society Presidents can give a teenage boy when he lets go of the Iron Rod!
I am encouraged by a phrase given to me by a dear Sister:
“Praise To The Father Who Raises Gentlemen,
Praise To The Boy Who Honors His Mother.”
I invest much of my time researching what individuals would call, “The next BIG Thing” or in plain language, trending of social economics conditions. President Kimball advice to the faithful about provident living and staying out of debt is priceless in today’s conditions. It once was observed that my “serious” hobbies were my boys and a second job. But with the maturity of my sons, I’ve turned to volunteering for the American Red Cross and recreation. My slow hobby and favorite food is anything I cook in a Dutch oven. My fast hobby is BMW long distance endurance motorcycle sports touring. I ride anywhere in the Utah Escalante Great Basin, and beyond, enjoying the region’s red rock canyons and sun drench horizons.
The Briggs Boys (July 2, 2011) ~ left to right: Sandel, Kenzie, Chris, Skyler, Gabe & Chandler.