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Hi I'm Bret

I'm educator, a learner, a gamer, and a pretty regular middle aged guy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the oldest in a family of four kids, the three oldest children being adopted. I did the normal things as a kid and a teenager. I didn’t get in too much trouble; I swam on a swim team, and went hunting and fishing with my family. I was a boy scout, I enjoyed drawing, I read comics, and watching sci-fi shows and movies. After high school, I wasted a year of college that I barely participated in, then I served a faithful LDS mission to Utah (I know Utah right?). After my mission I joined the military as an infantryman, and then after reenlisting, as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. I then went back to college (this time ready to do something), and earned a BA in Criminology, and worked as a club bouncer, and repo-man. I then moved to Utah where I continued work as a bouncer and repo-man. I eventually began working as a youth advocate/tracker in a foster care program, and also worked in a juvenile lock up facility. I then met my wife in an RPG game night. We were married; she finished college and took a job with a technology company, and I started working for a security company, later attending night classes to become a teacher. Over the last 16 years we’ve been raising two wonderful children. My wife still works for the same technology company, and I’ve been teaching junior high students for about ten years.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I’m a Mormon is really a fairly simple answer. I’m a Mormon, because throughout my life, as I’ve grown up in, discovered, and rediscovered the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is the thing that has made me a better man than I would otherwise be, and has answered more questions for me than any other philosophy or belief that I have come across.

How I live my faith

One of the reasons I became a teacher is because I often found myself working with youth in one way or another, whether this was through job opportunities or my church callings as a scout master and advisor. When I became a teacher, I felt that it was important to live where I worked; to be a part of the community where my students lived. I’ve fortunately been able to do that. I guess I have a passion for teaching the youth and hopefully being a part in how education changes for students. I’m proud that I’ve had the opportunity to serve; to serve a full time church mission, to serve my country in the military, and to serve students as a mentor and the best teacher I can be. I suppose that is how I live my faith, by merely being a part of those around me.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

The Mormon lifestyle is about friends and family. Our Heavenly Father loves us, and like any father, his greatest wish is to see us grow and develop into our fullest potential. This earth is our opportunity to do just that. Our time on this earth is all about serving each other and helping to do what we can in a sometimes chaotic world. Friends and family are the way to grow in happiness and understanding. We live like anyone else, we live and love, we share stories and play games, and we learn and grow… and hopefully we make a difference. Show more Show less