Bryan Murray was born and raised in Long Beach, California, served in the Japan Sendai mission, and met his future wife, Kristine Clawson, while attending Brigham Young University when they went skiing together with their home evening group. Bryan attended medical school at the University of Kentucky then completed an internal medicine residency with the UCSF San Joaquin Valley Program. He worked with a small group practice in Payson, Utah, before moving the family to Anacortes, Washington, where he joined a small internal medicine group and helped start a hospitalist program at Island Hospital in Anacortes.

Bryan has served in five bishoprics and as bishop of the Anacortes Ward. He retired from medicine in February 2022 and two short months later he and Kristine began a full-time mission as Area Medical Advisor to the North America Northeast Area. They also filled a mission assignment as support to a Young Single Adult branch in the Hingham, Massachusetts Stake. Bryan currently serves as the ward music chairman and Kristine serves as the Relief Society president in the newly-created Fidalgo Island Ward in Anacortes.

Bryan and Kristine enjoy spending time with their six children, five in-laws, and 15 grandchildren. As a family they enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking, hiking, sailing, and camping.

Bryan and Kristine Murray


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3:10 Kurt introduces the guest, Bryan Murray. He served as Area Medical Missionary Advisor in Boston, Massachusetts.

5:30 Bryan explains his mission as Area Medical Advisor and some of his responsibilities.

7:40 What led up to Bryan serving a mission with his wife.

11:00 Bryan shares a behind-the-scenes view of what it’s like to be a medical advisor for missionaries. What kinds of issues he dealt with.

15:15 When does a missionary need to go home? Can they stay if they have a medical problem?

16:15 Who helps with the missionaries’ mental health?

18:30 A service mission is great for missionaries that are struggling with mental health or medical problems.

19:40 Advice to bishops and stake presidents sending out missionaries that have medical issues. Helping them prepare missionaries for the field.

21:40 Some of Bryan’s wife responsibilities. They had an area assignment as medical advisors but they also had a mission assignment in the Boston mission in a Young Single Adult ward.

23:30 Bryan encourages other medical professionals to do a medical mission. You will have a lot of other experiences beyond medical.

25:30 What Bryan is doing now

26:30 Bryan has created a podcast for his ward. Even though we go to church with each other we really don’t know each other. A ward podcast can help ward members share their lives and stories.

31:00 How leading has brought Bryan to Christ

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