What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Brent

I'm a husband, father of seven, judge, attorney, entrepreneur, sports enthusiast, future politician, and Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have seven children. For me, family is my priority. I served as the Special Probate Judge of Elmore County and was the youngest judge in Alabama during my three years on the bench. I recently opened my own law firm and love practicing law. I love Alabama football, politics, the outdoors, and anything challenging.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the LDS church all my life. When I discuss the church with others, they frequently inquire as to how I know the LDS church is true if it is all I have ever known. The answer, to me, is simple: when I was eight years old I prayed and asked Heavenly Father if the LDS church was true, if Joseph Smith was a prophet, and if the Book of Mormon was true. He answered my humble prayer in the affirmative. I have never doubted since. I have always been grateful that I gained a testimony of the church at such a young age. Growing up in Alabama as a Mormon was not easy. My family moved around the state a lot and I frequently found myself as the only Mormon in my school, class, or sports team. Because I was the only Mormon, I stuck out. I didn't cuss, drink alcohol, or smoke, I didn't practice or participate in sports on Sundays, and I went to Seminary before school every morning for four years during high school. That made me odd. As a result, there were people who persecuted and picked on me. I appreciate those people because they forced me to live my religion at all times. Looking back, I would say that growing up in Alabama was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I still live in Alabama, and I wouldn't raise my children anywhere else. I pray that they will have the same opportunities I had as a youth and that they too will gain a testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel at a young age.

How I live my faith

The LDS church is a service-oriented church. No one, not even the Bishop (the leader of a Mormon congregation), receives a penny for his service. Each position within the church is filled by a volunteer. Positions are not filled based upon a member's abilities or characteristics, or by election or nomination, but by revelation from the Lord. In the LDS church, a position is referred to as a "calling." In my 30+ years as a member of the church, I have held many callings. My favorite calling was that of "missionary." I voluntarily, and at my own expense, served a two-year Spanish-speaking mission in Los Angeles, California when I was 19. I was able to see lives change. I saw the destitute and well-to-do humble themselves before God, repent, and be baptized. I saw them go on to live according to the commandments of God and be blessed. That calling enriched my life and helped mold me into the person I am today, a successful husband and father. Since my mission I have worked with the men's organization, the youth, and the children of the church. I love working with the children and youth of the church and answering their questions, it is always a lot of fun. I have also served on numerous committees: public affairs, cultural arts, emergency preparedness, dance, and others. No matter where I've served, I've always loved it. A few years ago I served as Executive Secretary to the Bishop (the leader of a Mormon congregation). During that time I learned a lot about love, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, and selflessness. I was able to serve with men who were great examples of what the Lord's leaders should be. I saw lives change and those experiences have made me a better person. I am better able to serve the Lord because of what I learned during my time as Executive Secretary. Serving the Lord is always a rewarding experience! The blessings I've received from church service are too numerous to list. I wouldn't give them up for any amount of money.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brent
Just as we recognize that Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, Peter, James, and John were prophets of old, we recognize that Joseph Smith was a prophet in these modern times. We reverence all of God's prophets and hold them in high regard, but we do not worship them. Joseph Smith is no exception. While we credit him with the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we in no way worship him. We worship our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Hence, the church bears the name of Jesus Christ, not Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Brent
No. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not endorse political parties or specific candidates. The Church does, however, encourage its members to be involved in political, government, and community affairs. Show more Show less