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Hi I'm Brent

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to a wonderful woman, and I'm soon to be a daddy in Dec. 2011! I'm a tax accountant working in Houston, Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this life is too complicated to go through it with questions unanswered. What must I do each day to be a better person? What relationships in my life are most important? How do I grow in love toward others? Why should I strive to be a good person? What is the best way for me to spend my time? These are all questions that, if all people were to discover the answer to, would result in a world that is much more peaceful, productive, and devoid of strife. The answers of the Mormon church have strengthened my relationship with my family. I know what I need to do to be a good husband and father to my future children. I know why I go to work each day and why I attend church meetings. I know why I should uphold high moral standards. Coming to a full appreciation of my membership in the Church did not come quickly. But I can say now that being a Mormon is an inseparable aspect of why I am a happy individual.

How I live my faith

I am a part of a college-age congregation. The college ward is great because everyone is at the same stage in life: they're getting their education, working, and dating people. We're always getting together to play games, watch sporting events, or have a barbecue. I love going to church with people my same age--despite the fact that we're all young we all participate in making Sunday meetings spiritual. My roommate once taught a lesson about serving others that left a deep impression on my mind and helped me to see ways to be more as Christ would have me be. My role in the ward is to arrange for times for our ward members to visit the temple. Our ward members like going there because it gives them a chance to step away from their busy student schedules of classes, homework, work, and socializing and feel the calm and serenity that is present there. I also serve once a week in the temple. I do a variety of tasks related to temple activities.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

I serve in the temple every week. Sometimes I am there twice a week, so I feel like I have a very good understanding of the purpose of temples. Temples aren't like the regular meetinghouses of the Church. Our meetinghouses are primarily used on Sunday for meetings just like other Christian denominations. Some of the buildings have a multi-purpose gym area where people can play basketball, hold a potluck dinner, or do other activities on other days of the week. Temples are visited primarily on the weekdays when members find time in their schedule after work or on a Saturday. The term that Mormons use for the activities that happen there is the word "ordinance." Some ordinances of the Church happen in meetinghouses, such as the administration of the sacrament (or Communion), baptisms by water, or the ordination of priests. These ordinances are formal ways for members of the Church to practice devotion to God. Similarly, the ordinances of the temple are a way for members who meet high standards of gospel living to show devotion to God. I would say that they are an extension of the ordinances that happen in regular meetinghouses. A concern that I feel is probably often voiced by nonmembers is, "Why can't I know exactly what you do in the temple?" I would tell them that we believe so strongly in the beauty and sacredness of the ordinances of the temple that to publicize them would take away from that sacredness. It's not secret or clandestine. I wish everyone would participate, but I also know that it makes sense for members of the Church to show a certain level of spiritual maturity before they go to the temple. Show more Show less