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Hi I'm Bret

I grew up in California. I am a husband and a father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a child I was encouraged to learn music and study hard in school. I received continued support from my parents and others and continued studying music and academics at the university. Through additional training I learned languages and information science. Now I work as a knowledge and information worker. While working on a graduate degree I met my wife. Later while I worked as a librarian, we married. We now have four sons. At home I tend a small vegetable garden. Sometimes I play the violin or piano. I encourage my sons in their studies, including music. Away from home I cherish times when as a family we retreat to the mountains, beaches, or deserts, even for brief outings. I have loved the outdoors my whole life. I find learning to identify plants, birds, and another animal life of the city, rivers, valley, and mountains fascinating. But a blue sky overhead is wonderful!

Why I am a Mormon

From my early youth, I was taught about a Heavenly Father, Jesus, the prophet Joseph Smith, and other prophets from the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Although I had a natural inclination to believe, I was encouraged to gain my own assurance that what I had been taught was true. I learned that I too could pray to know the truth of all things. I prayed as I studied the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. I discovered that the love of God is real and personal to me. I learned that The Book of Mormon is true. From the Bible and the Book of Mormon I learned that Jesus Christ suffered and died that I might repent and believe. I know that Joseph Smith saw God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know also that we are led by a prophet in modern times. I have known that in a very personal and real way through the course of my life. While I am not perfect, I keep trying. As I do, I feel encouraged and blessed.

How I live my faith

Family life provides chances to choose the right. Daily opportunities to choose service over selfishness teach me the joy of making right choices or provide me opportunities to learn from regret to repent and try again. My church calling allows me to step beyond the walls of my home and into the lives and homes of others. I visit other members of the church to get to know them and provide them encouragement in their faith. Other times I give blessings to the sick or blessings of comfort to those who are troubled. When I face difficult decisions, when it is not easy to live a commandment, I have always learned that there is great comfort, confidence, and happiness in choosing to follow the Lord's way, no matter how difficult that is. I know my Heavenly Father expects this of me and this is one way I can show my love for Him and my Savior, Jesus Christ.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons believe the Bible to be true as far as it is translated correctly. We revere the Bible. As a young child I learned Bible stories from religious art work and pictures in our family Bible, art work at my grandmother's house, and also from stories and songs at home and at church. Of course, I was also read to from the Bible at home and church. As a freshman in high school I attended an early-morning seminary class. The course of study for the entire academic year was the New Testament. That year I came to know and love the New Testament. That year I also performed the musical oratorio Handel's Messiah. My brother sat beside me and my father, friends, and members of my congregation sang in the choir, with others from neighboring congregations. This was a great experience to internalize words of scripture! Again and again I heard these sacred lyrics, taken directly from the King James Version of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments. Joseph Smith read and studied the Bible and we do, too. The Bible is the word of God. I know it to be a powerful testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a record of the dealings of Jesus Christ with early inhabitants of America. Like the Bible, it is scripture. Other modern scriptures make it known that God speaks still and His words are recorded in scripture. That is the way it has always been with prophets, receiving the word, and testifying of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less