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Hi I'm Brent

I grew up in Maryland. I'm currently a PhD student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm the seventh of 8 kids and grew up in Maryland, Texas, and Kentucky. I have played soccer since I was a kid and still love to play. I've also enjoyed music my whole life and have been in different music groups through the years singing mostly. I spent two years as a missionary in Ecuador and value that experience above all others besides my marriage and the birth of my son. I have what some would call a dry sense of humor, and unfortunately, try to use it too often. I'm an optimist, but also fairly grounded in reality. I am quite cynical when it comes to the way the world's organizations run, everyone's theories about this that and the other, and stuff in general. Not surprisingly, I like to think about what things out there are true and what are not. It makes perfect sense to me to anchor myself in those things that I know are true and go from there with those as a reference point. If something contradicts something I know is true, I should either reject it, or figure out if and how it may fit with what I know to be true after all. I'm working on a PhD in Business Strategy with my interests focused on the impact of Technology on how we think about our world and how werun our businesses.

Why I am a Mormon

 I grew up believing my parents also Mormons and remember my first personal encounter with evidence of the existence of God when I was 7 or so. I was really nervous for some reason about the first day of school and couldn't fall asleep the night before. I remember getting so frustrated that I started to cry. Finally, I got out of bed, knelt by it and said a very simple, but eager prayer. Not long into the prayer I felt a very overwhelming peace come over me that made all my anxiety melt away. I felt so safe and sure of my future that my little 7-year-old mind was completely at ease and comforted. I remember distinctly feeling that the strong impressions and feelings were from my Heavenly Father and that he knew me and cared about me. This may seem a silly example, but it shaped my faith as a child and gave me the ability to trust prayer and God in future moments. Later on, I prayed to know if the Mormon faith was "the one true church" and was given similar assurances that further convinced me that the connection between heaven and earth is real, God is real, and he was pleased with my membership in his church. This has been confirmed to me many times and in many ways since then. He has a way of giving his children a surety of things they can't see. It comes by asking for it and being willing to act on what he reveals to you.

How I live my faith

I try to keep it going with the little daily things. For me, there are so many things out there that distract me, that I need to take a little time each day to reconnect with Heaven. Thoughtful prayer helps me feel closer to God as does reading and thinking about the scriptures. I try to spend a little time each day doing both of these things. I also feel like part of being a good person is doing things for others, the way Christ always did. To me, that is one of the geniuses of organized religion. I think opportunities to teach Sunday school or help someone load their moving truck, or whatever, makes us a little less selfish and little more like what we want to be when we meet our maker.