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Hi I'm Brent

I grew up in Washington State as a member of the Church. I currently live in Texas and work as a business professor.

About Me

I'm a business professor, married, three beautiful kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon by two very good parents. My grandma on my dad's side was a convert. I'm not sure how far back Mormoms go back on my mom's side.

How I live my faith

I've gone through different stages. Right now I attend church meetings most Sundays and I'm comfortable letting people know I'm a member.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

I think we see God as more "human" than those in other faiths sometimes do, at least in certain ways. He is viewed as a "father"--a wise and loving father--and is generally referred to as our "Father in Heaven." One of the most interesting discourses on the nature of God was given by Joseph Smith in 1844. It was reprinted in the 1971 April and May issues of the official Church magazine, the Ensign, and is known as the King Follet Sermon. Here is a quote: "God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens! That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make himself visible—I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man for Adam was created in the very fashion, image and likeness of God, and received instruction from, and walked, talked and conversed with Him, as one man talks and communes with another." Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Mormons often refer to gaining, maintaining, growing, or even losing their "testimony" of the Church. I think this language often confuses people that aren't familiar with it. Mormons believe in spiritual experiences--i.e. we believe in the value and the reality of spiritual experiences, as do others in other faiths. For Mormons, these spiritual experiences are often taken as evidence that the Mormon faith is valid in the eyes of God. Some members interpret these spiritual experiences as evidence that the Mormon faith is not only valid, but is the ONLY valid, legitimate or "true" church. The degree to which an individual believes that his or her personal spiritual experiences have confirmed that the Mormon faith is "true" or that the Church's truth claims are valid is what is meant by "testimony." This same idea can also be applied to specific teachings or principles, like tithing, for example. A Mormon might say something like "I have a testimony of tithing." What is meant by this statement is that this individual has had spiritual experiences that, for him or her, have confirmed that validity of the commandment to pay a tithe to the Church. Show more Show less