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Hi I'm Brent

I am a husband, father and love coaching baseball.

About Me

I am married and have six wonderful children. As of now, 2011, they range from four to sixteen. We are very happy. There is an interesting story about how my wife and I met and got engaged. We met at a church dance on a friday, saw each other on saturday, at a church meeting and went on our first date that following Monday we also got engaged on that first date. It worked for us but I sure don't reccomend it. We were married in the Atlanta Georgia Temple and will celebrate our twentieth anniversery this year. At nineteen I served a two year mission in the Utah Salt Lake City North Mission where I met many wonderful people. I own an accounting practice and work as the CFO at a medical clinic. I graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. I love almost all sports and have coached a youth "select" baseball team for the past few years. I also enjoy spending time with my family as they swim, play soccer and all kinds of activities. We are certainly busy but love spending time together. 

Why I am a Mormon

When I was born my family were already members of the church so it was natural that I went to church with them. Later as a teenager, as I considered going on a two year mission it became necessary that I gain my own testimony of what I would be teaching, namely that Jesus was our saviour and that his gospel was restored to the earth. I remember the answer to my prayer was a reassuring feeling that Jesus was my personal Saviour and that His church had the answers to the questions everyone needed, namely "Who am I?", "Why am I here?" and "Where am I going?." I was also reminded of the times He had previously answered my prayers and guided me. I realized that through those experiences He had already given me a testimiony of His gospel. As an adult the knowledge that my family could be together after death has become very important to me. For me, any reward in the afterlife would not be complete without them. I have come to realize that our insight into eternal things is very limited but I believe the challenge in this life is learn how to prioritize and seperate eternal things from other things that may be good but are not the most important. I believe as we learn to focus on these eternal things and less on distractions we can gain an eternal perspective. For example: We all have the same desire for our children, namely that they will make the right decisions and grow up to be happy. We try to help them do this by loving them, but we also by giving them rules and guidance. We expect them to follow those rules because we believe they will help keep them safe and happy. But when they make mistakes we are there to comfort, love and forgive them. Isn't this a beginning in understanding and becoming like our Father in Heaven? I know that many times He must have been diappointed in my decisions but has always been there to comfort, love and forgive me. I am a so called "mormon" for these reasons. I believe that the full plan of our Heavenly Father is found in the church. We are not here on earth by chance. We are here to grow, learn and have experiences that were not possible without a body and in the presence of our Heavenly Father. As we learn empathy for others and struggle in our challenges, we gain faith, love and confidence in His presence. We become more like our Father.

How I live my faith

I was recently the scoutmaster in our ward. My two oldest sons are eagle scouts and I love scouting. I currently work in our genealogy library helping train people how to find their ancestors. Family History is a passion of mine and I love making connections with my ancestors and learning about them. I often wonder what I would have been like had I been in their place. It is also interesting to trace characteristics that may have passed down to myself or my children. Sometimes these traits may be hair color or eyes but maybe they passed down character traits such as a impulsive nature or a sense of adventure. I also enjoy finding my ancestors because we believe that because baptism is necessary for entrance to heaven and because many people were not given an opportunity to be baprized while alive, that we must help them. We perform a baptism by proxy for them in our temples. Those individuals then as a spirit can accept or reject that ordinance. They then are given every opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their saviour through baptism.