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Hi I'm Brett

I'm a husband and father of two, a restaurant owner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, a father of two, and a restaurant owner. I love to run and golf though not at the same time. I have run two marathons but my knees are keeping me from doing another. I love to run along the Snake River in the morning, it helps me clear my mind and prepare for the day. Golfing also clears my mind, but only if I'm playing well. More than anything else, I love spending time with my wife and two children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As a child my parents were my link to my Heavenly Father. They taught me to pray, they assured me that my Heavenly Father loved me, they taught me from the scriptures and took me to church each Sunday. I believed the church was true because I trusted them. I had no reason to doubt. When I was a sophomore in high school I found reasons to doubt. I trusted my parents less and my friends more. There were gospel principles my parents had promised would always keep me happy, but I stopped living some of those principles, thinking that I could find greater happiness elsewhere. A couple of years later I had a moment of profound recognition. Very simply, I realized how unhappy I was. I had a long talk with my dad and he asked me, "What do you want to do with the rest of your life?" At that point I wasn't completely sure, but I knew that I wanted to know my Heavenly Father in the way my parents had taught me that I could, and for the first time in a long time I felt it was possible. That feeling changed my life. I determined that night that I would do my very best to serve Him. About a year later a call came to serve a full-time mission in Canada. The opportunity to preach about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ only strengthened my faith. I began to truly develop a relationship with my Heavenly Father that continues today. I know that God is my Heavenly Father, He loves me. Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son and He is my Savior. I have felt the cleansing power of His Atonement and my relationship with God is only possible because of Him. Joseph Smith is a true prophet and a man of supreme character. He translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. It is a true book. I know these things of my own spiritual experience, independent of any other.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by learning more about Jesus Christ through the scriptures and then applying the things He taught. I know the Lord wants us to love each other and serve one another. Life is busy and it is easy to become consumed with myself and everything I need to get done. My faith helps me pause and take the time to enjoy time with my wife and children. It's important that they know how much they mean to me. I try to be honest in my dealings as a small business owner. I try to treat my employees fairly and take the opportunity to find friends at work instead of simply being a "boss". I think living my faith can even be as simple as smile, a kind word, or an arm around a shoulder. The organization of the church also offers so many opportunities for service through its humanitarian efforts or local service projects. In fact, almost every member of a congregation volunteers for a calling. So the entire structure of the church is build upon service to each other. Jesus also taught us to be humble. I try to remember that everything I have comes from Him. That without Him I am nothing. My wife helps me with this. She reminds me when I need to be put in my place. I think a family is the greatest institution for gospel teaching and learning in general. In the family we experience some of our most difficult trials and greatest joys. I try to live my faith by making my little family a priority...and it has brought me great joy.