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Hi I'm Brooks

I grew up in a small town in western Canada and married a New Yorker, How? Because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am living the movie dream. A small town boy who gets the big city girl to fall in love with him and lives his life happily ever after... so far. I know my wife will criticize me for writing this but when I was a young boy I used to hate people. They were mean, they teased me and I had no close friends. I also had an easy escape to the forest to be alone and so I chose that life. At 19 I put in my papers to go on a Mormon mission, hoping to work in some remote tropical forest. But, I got called to Oregon, USA! Now, I am not a quitter. So I went to Oregon and spent two years going door to door talking to everyday people about Jesus and religion. To sum it up, if you want to learn how to deal with people spend some time talking to them about religion on their doorstep. On my mission I learned what type of person I wanted to be and saw what it takes to help people change. When I got home, life took on a drastic new purpose for me, education and family became my priorities. I have spent the past 11 years married to a beautiful woman from New York, we now have five kids. I spent the last 11 years going to university and still have a few more to go to get my PhD. To fill in the rest of my time, and leave myself somewhat overwhelmed, I have started my own business, and volunteer with a classical music society. I can trace many jobs and blessings to going on my mission. I am who I am because of the teachings of Jesus Christ that I received as a child from LDS Church leaders as a child, and from the experiences on my mission that taught me to love people.

Why I am a Mormon

Thank goodness both my parents were Mormons. I have never strayed, even for minute and will always be proud to have lived the standards of the Church.  No coffee, tea, alcohol, or tobacco and have faithfully kept the law of chastity, paid a 10 tithing and kept the Sabbath day holy.

How I live my faith

I like to be needed and I am needed in the Church as we have no paid clergy. I have taught small children, youth, young men, middle aged men and people interested in learning gospel principles. I never get tired of hearing the same Sunday lessons again and again. I have worked with missionaries and continue to like to tell people about the church, almost too excited sometimes.  

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Brooks
Anything you want to talk to them about. It is not what they say that matters so much but how having them in your home makes you feel. It then leads you to ask questions and they will answer them to the best of their knowledge. Understand that these are 19-22 year old young men and women, they do not know everything yet, but they do know how to find the truth and where to direct you to find the truth. They are a reflection of goodness and charity. You cannot but wonder why they would give up money and education to spend their time in another part of the world to talk with people about Jesus. They know it is true and you will want to know what they know so that you can feel the same way all the time. I know-- I have done it. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Brooks
I worked and saved from a young age and spent a year after high school working to pay for my mission up front. It cost me $8,400. I have more than made up for that in blessings since. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Brooks
Everybody who ever lived on earth; No matter who they are, No matter where they are, and No matter what they have done, Will have the chance to accept baptism, either as they live on the earth or more likely as a spirit after death, where they will need to have the ordinance performed by someone else who lives on earth. This is the only fair solution to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and shows the greatest love and understanding one could possibly expect from a Heavenly Father. Show more Show less