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Hi I'm Brent Siemssen

I'm a chemist, dad, 'neighbor dad', life enthusiast, and a teacher at heart. I live in Tacoma, WA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Raised in Troutdale, OR, I have gone on to become the world's best Dad and Husband... or so I am told. In Tacoma, WA I test and analyze marine fuels used in the south Puget Sound area.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a Mormon but that is not why I am active in the church today. I am Mormon today because I prayed to know for myself if this religion was true or simply a tradition that I was raised in. By the Spirit, or the Holy Ghost's witness to me, I have learned that the Book of Mormon is true and therefore Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and therefore that this church is true. And I continue to find peace in my life when I live this religion fully. That's why I am a Mormon today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith mainly on the inside, with a few indicators on the outside. On the outside, I attend church, serve by helping job-seekers find work, pray as a family, hold family home evening (a family devotional and activity) on Monday nights, and pray and read the scriptures daily. On the inside, I live my faith in my thoughts and silent prayers to the Lord. I abstain from unkind humor and search for humor that builds others up. I keep my mind and thoughts clean by avoiding media and advertising, including music, movies, and images, that make light of or make cheap human intimacy or life itself. I strive to be honest by not taking intellectual property. I look for ways to compliment others and to offer encouragement, and to avoid gossip. When I do something wrong, I apologize and pray for forgiveness and help to change. In no way am I perfect in any of these things, but I strive for them every day. And when I do, I enjoy a satisfying peace that only the Spirit of the Lord, or the Holy Ghost, can impart.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Brent Siemssen
This is my favorite part of this religion. We believe that if 'sealed' together under proper priesthood authority, husband and wife remain married even after death as opposed to 'until death do you part'. Children are also sealed to parents and remain as a family unit, recognized by the Lord as such, after death. Without being organized formally by the Lord in this way, the family relationships we had on earth become strong friendships only, not family ties that fully bind us, by law, to one another. It doesn't seem right that people who die without the chance to be sealed cannot maintain family relations in eternity. That is why we have temples. Temples are special places where sealing and other ordinances are performed vicariously--for and in behalf of people who ave died. In the spirit world, when someone learns that ordinances have been performed in their behalf, they can choose whether or not to accept them. My wife and I were sealed in the Portland Temple and we now attend the Seattle Temple in Bellevue, WA to continue to do ordinance work, including the sealing ordinance, for those who have passed on to the other side. My parents were also sealed in a temple. My father has passed on and we miss him, but we haven't lost him at all. He's my dad, he still is, and will be still when I die. Sure, I was sad when he died, but his passing and funeral was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life! I knew where he was going and that I would see him again. Show more Show less