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Hi I'm Brett

I grew up in Orange County, California, am married, have 3 children ages 28, 20 & 17. I love the ocean, surfing and most sports.

About Me

I have been married to my beautiful wife for over 30 years. We have been blessed with 3 wonderful children, one that is now married, one in college and one still in high school. My favorite place to be at is anywhere that involves the ocean. I love to surf and do so most every Saturday. My wife and I very much enjoy going to the beach and hanging out as much as we can. Each of my children and I are avid Angels baseball fans and Lakers fans. We very much enjoy going out to Angel stadium to cheer on our Angels. A passion of mine for many years was to coach my girls in fast pitch softball. I thoroughly enjoyed coaching and spending all that time with my girls. My son plays volleyball at his school and it is great fun to watch him as he plays. I very much enjoy taking my son surfing with me and watching him learn a sport that I have loved for nearly 40 years. There's nothing quite like sitting out in the water on a board with my son catching waves and being close to the occasional dolphin. I also enjoy hiking and have hiked to the top of half dome in Yosemite three times. Three years ago, I hiked with a group of friends to the top of Mount Whitney to culminate a five day back packing trip. That was a great experience. It was awesome to be on the highest point of the continental United States.

Why I am a Mormon

Bottom line is that this church gives understanding to my soul of what this earth life is all about. We have purpose. We are not here by chance; rather, we are here because of a plan of our Heavenly Father that enables us to learn, grow, develop, progress and eventually return to Him. Jesus Christ is critical to this plan as our Savior. He not only atoned for our sins, but He also prepared the way for us to be resurrected after this mortal life. I take comfort in knowing, really knowing that when we die, it is not the end. Not only that, but we will be reunited with our loved ones as well as our Father in Heaven. When my dad died four years ago, I was sad for sure. I miss him, but I know with every fiber of my being that I will see him and be with him again. I look forward to when I will embrace him in a very long hug. I was born into the church as both of my parents are members. While I was raised in the church, there came a point in time when I desired to know of myself if it really was truly Christ's one and only church on the earth with Him at its head. When I was an older teenager, I read the Book of Mormon and gained my own knowledge of its divinity. Through study, meditation, prayer and experiences of feeling the Holy Ghost, I came to know that the church really is Christ's church on the earth with prophets and apostles directing its affairs under His guidance. I cannot imagine nor can I believe that a loving God would leave His children without help or direction to navigate the challenges we all face on a day to day basis. We are not alone in this world to find our way through without divine help. Not only do we have a living prophet and apostles on the earth, but we are entitled to receive our own personal revelation for ourselves and our familes. My wife and I, together, rely on personal revelation through prayer to help us as we have raised and continue to raise our children. I cannot imagine not having had personal guidance as we have raised our family.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day of my life. I try the best I can to keep God's commandments and follow the counsel of our church leaders. I have enjoyed serving in the church in many different capacities through the years. I spent two years serving on a full-time mission for the church in Finland. That was an awesome experience serving such wondeful people. After that, through the years, I have been a Sunday school teacher several times and served as a youth leader for many years. This has perhaps been one of my most favorite things... to work with and teach young men of teenage years. I really enjoy teaching the gospel and being a guide and mentor to the youth. Currently, I have the opportunity to serve with young single adults between the ages of 18 to 30 in our area as a priesthood leader. I really enjoy supporting the local Bishop of this age group and helping these young adults transition to adulthood and take on the responsibilities that come as adults. It's great being able to serve in the church because serving helps me to grow and learn more about myself. I suppose the side benefit of helping others is that I benefit as well. In terms of day to day living, it is important to me to keep myself pure and clean, keeping the commandments of God. By doing so, I can be more receptive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost to guide me and my family. As most men in the church, I hold the Priesthood of God and with this, I can bless my family. This is a real power and authority of God that can heal the sick or injured, physically and emotionally. I have personally experienced miracles of healing as I have given blessings to my family. There is no doubt at all in my mind that I have witnessed healings through the Priesthood. I realize I must be worthy to exercise this sacred and real power of God. This is important to me because I want to have inspiration from God to be able to bless my family and friends when they are in need. It has truly been a blessing in my life.