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Hi I'm Brett

I grew up in Seattle and live in Texas with my family. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I live in Texas with my wife of 28 years. We have three grown children. The two oldest are married. Our youngest is serving as a missionary in Argentina until January 2013. I run an international design business with most of my clients in the Middle East and Asia. I travel frequently because of it. I enjoy training and competing in triathlons. It keeps me in shape and I like the competition even though I'm not very good! I love being outdoors and visit Wyoming and the Rockies quite a bit during the year. I really enjoy art of all kinds and try and create some of my own when I have spare time which isn't much! I am just a middle aged guy who has a very blessed life.

Why I am a Mormon

My family found the Church when I was eight years old. My family then was just my dad, my brother and me. Later my dad remarried and I now have five great sisters and a wonderful mom. Some may say I grew up in the Church but that really isn't so. I had to come to my own decision and faith, we all do. I gained a knowledge of the Restored Gospel of Christ when I was 17 years old. I felt the intense, overwhelming, powerful witness of God's Spirit that the Book of Mormon was true and that Christ really does live and would forgive me of my sins. The Gospel gives me great meaning and purpose in a world that seems so increasingly confused and chaotic. It is a source of great comfort and reassurance to know God has a plan for His children and to watch His plan unfold in my own life and of those that I love. We certainly have our share of challenges and difficulties. The Gospel of Christ is not some sort of insurance policy that protects us against problems or setbacks. It is a tremendous resource, that helps us overcome these things and to see purpose and meaning in all aspects of our lives, and to feel the powerful grace of God as he blesses us during such times. I am so grateful for my testimony of Christ and how he restored the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith in our day and age. It is the foundation of my entire life.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as a counselor to a Bishop of a young single adult congregation; young people between the ages of 18 and 30. We attend church at the LDS Institute of Religion near the campus of the University of Texas. Many of our members are students, as well as young professionals in the community. It is frankly the best calling, or assignment, I've ever had in the Church. I've never had so much fun and enjoyment in anything I've done. These young people are full of hope and energy and desire in their own lives and well as their commitments to serve God. They also have their share of doubts and fears about their futures. My family and I are richly blessed to be a small part of serving these wonderful young people. Most of my assignment is working directly with the members in creating the activities and agendas our people use each week in conducting their Church assignments. Our Bishop has also directly assigned me to conduct our monthly Temple service at the San Antonio Temple. I always find it amazing and uplifting that on a Friday night so many of our young people, almost all in their 20's, choose to drive to San Antonio for the evening and participate in such service. Obviously many of their peers are doing other things on a Friday night. This kind of faith and devotion lifts me and make my few hours each week being among them the highlight of my week.