Brendan: brendan, warkentin, computers, linux, programming, Mormon.

Hi I'm Brendan

About Me

Life is full of its challenges. I've faced plenty. There are those parts I really wish went a bit differently. I've faced a lot of opposition, both spiritually and physically. Let's just say I'm extraordinarily grateful for Christ and the atonement. But without all those experiences and trials I would never have become who I am today. I have learned to fight Satan in so many respects, which continues to help me to this day. My trials have truly molded me into what I am and have brought me countless blessings! I currently work full-time as a web developer. Computer programming is my passion and career of choice. I got an early start at the age of 12. For the interested, I have some favorites when it comes to technology. In my growing arsenal of programming languages, my top three are Python, PHP and C++. Linux, of course, takes the cake when it comes to my preference in operating system. I am also a strong advocate of free and open source software. Now for some of my hobbies. I have come to love playing certain sports. Volleyball is probably my favorite these days. I've also really taken up hiking. I love getting out and exploring the natural beauty that surrounds us. Then, of course, I don''t know what I'd do without music. My taste tends to lie more in modern music, but I like a lot of types. I love rock, techno, trance, dub-step, hip-hop, electronica, and way too many others to list. Regardless of my challenges, I've been richly blessed. Live is wonderful :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family. While I was young, I leaned on my parents and siblings testimonies, as is common at that age. During my mid-teenage years I came to the point where the church just felt right and I was pretty sure it was true. Eventually though, I was backed up to that wall of decision. I set out to completely read the Book of Mormon, as well as others of the books of scripture we hold so sacred. As I accompanied that with prayer and other efforts, I developed a testimony of my own. With time that became a strong and powerful thing to me. Eventually I served a wonderful mission for the church in Virginia and North Carolina. Over the course of my mission, I had countless opportunities to learn and grow. I was so blessed! I got to watch the gospel of Jesus Christ transform lives entirely and bring people lasting, satisfying joy. Personal prayer also became a huge thing to me. Through the things I felt and the effect the Holy Ghost had on me, my testimony was magnified more than I could have ever imagined. I was blessed to witness miracles on occasions that only go to fortify my knowledge that this is God's work. I truly feel I can never deny these things. Since my mission, I continue to be blessed with opportunities to strengthen my testimony and watch the truths of God bring glorious changes about in my own life and in so many others. I feel so blessed :)

Personal Stories

Why do Mormons go on missions?

As members of the church we are encouraged to serve missions because we have seen the blessings of the gospel in our own lives and want to share those blessings with others. I have seen and felt such blessings, including happiness, health, and a closer family come from the gospel. I have chosen to dedicate two years of my life to helping others find those great blessings by serving a full-time mission. I am thoroughly grateful for the opportunity I have been given and have seen many blessings come for me and others as I share this wonderful message.

How has attending Church services helped you?

When I was a child, I though church a burden. In my younger teenage years I made the decision to start actually paying attention in church and get the most out of it that I could. As I did, I started to feel a strong spirit about church each week when I would go. Because of this, I developed a drive to go to church and be spiritually fed. It has become more of a burden to miss church for me. As I feel the spirit confirm truth and help me come closer to my Heavenly Father, I see the effects in my life. I feel more able to make right decisions and avoid evil influences. I have seen so many good results from consistent church attendance. I feel the reaches of Heavenly Fathers infinite love.

How can your talents and gifts bless others?

Since a young age, I have loved computers and technology. During my teenage years, I got involved in online forums. I utilized that means to help others better understand me and my beliefs. Additionally, I have had many opportunities to help others with computer problems. I have found my talent to be a great blessing in not just my life, but the lives of many others.

How has the Holy Ghost helped you?

As a full-time missionary, the Holy Ghost is a necessary part of what I do all day, every day. I have seen the help of the Holy Ghost in knowing what to say, knowing where to go, and gaining an understanding and greater testimony of the gospel. I am extremely grateful for the feelings of the Holy Ghost.

Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?

Being a missionary, prayer plays an essential part of every day. When I wake up, I pray for Heavens aid through the day. Before studies, I seek the guidance of the Spirit. I thank Heavenly Father for the food I am blessed with before meals. Before and after teaching appointments, prayers are said to invite the Spirit in to the learning process. Throughout the day, we seek the guidance we need. Before planning for the next day, we seek help in knowing where we should go and what we should do. At night I thank Heavenly Father for the blessings of the day and the blessings I have seen in general, then I seek His aid for the next day and for people that are in need of Heavens help. Like I said, prayer is a big part of missionary work. I simply could not do without it.

How I live my faith

There are a lot of ways I live my faith. I currently serve in my singles ward as an Assistant Ward Clerk, where I help produce statistics and fulfill quite a few other responsibilities. My programming skills have been a great blessing with this. I also serve as the Sacrament Coordinator. That involves making sure the focus of our meetings, the sacrament, is organized and carried out every week. I also serve as a home teacher and I strive to fulfill my duties by uplifting, strengthening, and caring about those who I have been called to home teach. Outside of those callings, I have had many chances to share the gospel (even online, via social media). Helping others come closer to Christ fills me with a joy that cannot be measured up to by any other pursuit. I love seeing people make good changes in their lives and finding the blessings because of it! I have several close friends I am blessed to know, who I have striven to uplift and do my part in helping come closer to Christ. I strive to live my values and show my faith so that I can always be that example others might look to for strength.