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Hi I'm Brent

I grew up in Idaho. I'm studying religion at a small liberal arts college. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an only child who has found a book to love in every genre. I'm always learning about something. I love all things related to technology. I play tennis when I can. I don't hike or camp much but I love being outside and enjoying fresh air. My interests are extremely varied and I like to think of myself as a jack-of-all-trades and a master of some. I love baking and am working on learning to love cooking too. I'm a married college student with one child and another one due in less than two weeks! I love peace and quiet but am learning to love noise and chatter too.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon but I had to come to terms with my beliefs on my own. That involved some painful soul-searching in which I determined that what I had learned growing up in the Church was valuable to me not because my parents told me it was, but because I found it to be valuable on my own, outside of their direct influence. I've had many chances to "do my own thing" (and I've admittedly taken some of them), but I've learned that doing things the way my Church teaches is the way most likely to end up in my being happy. I'm not content with just learning about my religion on Sunday, I actively study it throughout the week. I am an active student of my Church's History and doctrine and it has proven to be one of the biggest blessings in my life. I have learned much that has made me grateful for those who have lived before me who have sacrificed much, sometimes even their lives, to allow my Church to grow, expand and continue doing what I believe to be the work of God. I love God and I'm working on trying to figure out what He wants me to do with my life. I have found a piece of my earthly mission in every religion I've studied and I'm working on putting them all together to more fully complete the picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I believe exists. I believe that every person who honestly seeks for truth will not only find it, but will find as much as they want. I believe this Church to be the one true and living Church of God upon the earth. It does not have a perfect past or present and mistakes will be made in the future as well. But it is through us imperfect human beings that God works His wonders and give people the tools they need to become the best possible versions of themselves. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He has, through His Atonement (suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross), provided me a way to become that version. I believe that Thomas S. Monson is His prophet on the earth today. Amen.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I go to Church, which lasts for approximately three hours. It's not always easy to go and stay the whole time, but I do my best. I am currently involved with planning and preparing events, lessons and activities for men ages 18 and up. I am also involved with making sure that every family in our local Church is visited, taught and that their needs are being met, which is a program called Home Teaching. I help people move in and out of our Branch (local congregation) and look for other opportunities to help and serve those around me.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Brent
The largest organization of members within the Church is called a Stake. This has reference to Isaiah 54:2, where Isaiah encourages the Church to "enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes". It is watched over by a man referred to as a Stake President. He is responsible for the spiritual and temporal welfare of those who live within his stake boundaries. Stakes are composed of many "wards" or "branches". A ward is watched over by a Bishop, who is appointed by the Stake President and approved by the Lord and His Prophets. He presides over those who live within his ward boundaries, which are determined in the same manner as stakes. A branch is a group of members, generally smaller than a ward, who are cared for by a Branch President. Show more Show less