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Hi I'm Brent

I am a family oriented guy with 5 great kids, and 6 grand kids. I love to spend time at home. I enjoy travel as an airline pilot.

About Me

I always wanted to be a pilot. When I was 22 I started taking flight lessons. It took me about ten years of flying small planes doing everything from flight instruction, to float planes, to flying freight, to flying corporate jets, then commuter planes to finally jets for Alaska Airlines. I enjoy flying across North America and to Hawaii. I am lucky to live where I am based so that I can enjoy lots of time home with my family. Though I enjoy my job, the most important thing is time with my family. After nearly 30 years of marriage the kids are almost all adults. Seeing how my kids have grown into responsible adults and caring parents is a great reward for what was already a great experience of being a husband and father. The first year we were married we started working on an old house and still are living and working on it after all these years. We have a large room above a garage addition where we have had tons of parties and even dances. Much of the room was built and finished with lumber salvaged from my old Junior High school when it was torn down. With disco lights and big speakers we enjoy hosting the party and even doing some swing dancing still! We enjoy socializing with all ages from preschoolers, youth, young adults, and even those our age and older! Our neighborhood is working class and diverse - to me it like the world we live in. Full of people of all kinds, all seeking to find happiness and fulfillment.

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to have the knowledge that I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows me, and has provided a plan for me to have happiness both in this life, and eternal life in the world to come. I am amazed to know that there is an answer to life's great questions! There is a God. He is mindful of each of us. We came to this earth with a purpose. We can know truth from error, and right from wrong. We don't have to be confused and in the darkness. The truth is available, and it is logical and complete. Life is happier when we choose the right. We will live eternally and will be blessed with eternal happiness if we choose to follow the Savior during our lives. My understanding of the fulness of God's plan for us helps me to understand that God is both just - and merciful. He has provided a way for all of his children to eventually learn of Him, and have the opportunity to merit eternal life with him, if they choose to do so. Every one ever born is a child of God and He wants them all to choose to live with Him eternally. All will have that chance. Knowing that God has restored his church to the earth, helps me to know that he is preparing the world for the second coming of his Son. The technologies that we enjoy today have been inspired in this day and age so that there could be a world-wide church. Modern travel and communication make that possible. The bottom line though, is that I have searched, pondered, and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true. I have received answers from my Heavenly Father and know that it is true! Every time I read it I am blessed with guidance in my life. Knowing the Book of Mormon is true, testifies that God worked through Joseph Smith, to bring it into existence. Only a true prophet of God could bring forth this book of scripture that testifies so fully of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. Now is the most amazing time in history to live! I am so blessed!

How I live my faith

I feel I live a very purposeful life. As a youth I was a leader among the other youth my age in the church. This gave me a feeling of responsibility to be a good example. I enjoyed many years as a boy scout in a troop sponsored by the church, and led by my dad as scoutmaster. The outings and the service both built character. Completing my Eagle Scout award helped me to have a feeling of accomplishment. (Later as an adult I worked hard to assure my three sons could have similar great adventures and become Eagle scouts.) After high school I left home for two years to serve as a full time missionary. My mission was in the state of Pennsylvania and at the time there were very few members there. We knocked on doors about 12 hours a day, and met many people, most of whom had never heard more about the church than that Donnie and Marie Osmond were members. It was a great experience. As an adult I find fulfillment in serving others. While my kids were in public schools for 25 years we enjoyed participating as parent volunteers for activities like chaperoning on field trips or camps, being the the PTA volunteer, or president, and supporting the team or the band that the kids were members of. As a member of the church I have always served in some capacity. Since there is no professional clergy in the church every member is needed. I have had the chance to work with every age group and demographic as either a leader, helper, or teacher. For six years I was able to serve as a bishop to my local congregation, while still working as an airline pilot. It was a fulfilling experience to try to help people through whatever struggles they may have been having. Most of all, the way I try to live my faith is to try and be a good person. I try to follow the examples and commandments that God has provided in his scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I try to love others as He has loved me. I try to share the blessings that I have received with others.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Those of us who are members are grateful to be able to follow the biblical law of tithing. By so doing we are able to be a part of the growth of the Lord's Kingdom. We count our blessings and return one tenth of our annual income to the Lord. The blessings that follow are spiritual and real. This money goes to build buildings, and accomplish the Lord's work, but not to pay ministers a salary. We all benefit from giving church service, so there does not need to be a professional clergy. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

There is more to eternal life that "heaven or hell." There is more to eternal life that singing and hanging out in the clouds, as might be depicted in cartoons. God has a plan for us to have not only eternal existence with Him, but for us to eternally progress and become more like Him, like any Father would want his children to do. His grace provides a way for us to overcome our sins, and weaknesses, and to receive all of his promised blessings. There is no way we can understand all ways that God will bless us, if we but choose to follow him and do our best. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes, we love the bible and know it is God's word. I especially love the New Testament! I am so grateful that the ancient churches and leaders preserved it for our day. I love learning about how great men like Martin Luther and James Tyndale sacrificed to translate it so that we could have it available today. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

It is amazing to know that God is a real being. He is not just an "influence." He is real. He is the Father of our spirits, and he created the world so we could come here and progress. His Son, Jesus Christ is also a real being, the literal Son of God. God has provided a plan for us to be able to eventually receive a perfect body in the resurrection - a body like his that will never get sick or die. With that eternal body and spirit combination, and living in his presence, we will be able to have a fullness of joy. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

This is an amazing thing! No other religious concept can show how God is both Just, and Merciful... Being Just means that God requires all of his children to meet the same requirements for salvation. Being Merciful means that God provides all of his children with an opportunity to meet those requirements. Since may millions have lived that have not been in a time or place to learn of the mission of Jesus Christ for our salvation, there must be some other way for them to meet those requirements to accept the Savior, and show that willingness to follow him by accepting baptism. Those who have died without repentance and baptism will learn of the Savior after they die, while in the spirit world awaiting resurrection. Those who accept the Savior will be able to receive baptism through the work of a "proxy" who is baptized on their behalf, if they choose to accept it. It is great to understand that God will not condemn his children to eternal punishment for a lack of opportunity, as some would believe. He also has not predestined who will be saved and who will not. We will all be accountable for our choices and be freely welcomed to live with Him eternally if we choose to follow Him. God is our loving Heavenly Father and cares about us as would a perfect Father. Show more Show less