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Hi I'm Brent

I'm blessed to be a husband and a dad. I'm a veteran and a voracious reader, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a veteran of the Army National Guard. I enjoy writing, playing soccer, learning, and most of all, I love spending time with my wife and three children.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and grandparents taught me to embrace truth. Since I was a child, I've loved to learn about why things are the way they are, and I've tried to understand what is truth as much as possible. In a religious context, the search for truth can be rough because many creeds contradict each other. It seems that questions about our purpose have different answers. Despite the confusion, I believe there is a God in heaven who loves us very much, and He wants us to know what is true and why we're here. With an understanding of truth comes peace, assurance, and joy. I'm a Mormon because in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I've found the teachings and principles that answer my questions about God's will and my purpose in life. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior, and I know His gospel has been restored in our day. I understand where I came from, why I'm here, where I'll go after this life is over. Through Jesus Christ we can truly be forgiven for our sins and be made whole. We can master ourselves and become more like Him. Most importantly, I'm a Mormon not because I was raised a Mormon. I am a Mormon because God has witnessed to me through His Holy Spirit that the things I've mentioned are true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to be a good example of Christian discipleship. I study the words of the prophets and our Savior Jesus Christ, then I see how I can best apply their teachings. Although I fall short a lot, I try to live what these holy men and women have taught. Living my faith involves sharing the gospel with others, and I enjoy hearing stories of faith in Christ, sacrifice for His cause, and commitment to truth from people of all religious affiliations. These days, I also live my faith by helping others study and learn more about the gospel by reading the scriptures and sharing with one another our thoughts and experiences.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Brent
As a Mormon, I believe our life has a purpose. I believe God placed us here on the earth to help us become more like Him. We can progress and grow spiritually by obeying God's commandments and, most importantly, by following the example and teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. This is the purpose of life: to measure how well we can follow Christ and serve our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Brent
In the New Testament, the Lord Jesus Christ taught Nicodemus that "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God". (John 3:5) Christ used the metaphor of being born of the water and the Spirit to signify baptism. Likewise, on an occasion when the apostle Peter was teaching about Jesus, those who heard Peter wanted to know how they could become disciples of Christ. Peter told them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost". (Acts 2:38) These scriptures teach that in order to enjoy the blessings our Heavenly Father has prepared for us, in order to return to His presence, in order to truly follow Jesus Christ, we must all be baptized. Many of God's children lived in a time when the gospel of Jesus Christ was unavailable and died without a knowledge of the Savior and the vital ordinance of baptism. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father has provided a way for all of His children to receive His blessings. In His temples, men and women are baptized in behalf of those who have died without receiving baptism. By performing this ordinance for our deceased brothers and sisters, we are helping them to become eligible for all of God's blessings. Show more Show less