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Hi I'm Brett

I was born and raised in Southern California. I love to have fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I spent the first 18 years of my life living in and around La Habra California. After going to school at BYU for a year I went on a mission for the LDS Church in parts of both Colorado and Kansas. After that I went back to BYU, then to BYU-Hawaii, and then back to BYU in Provo, Utah. My family plays a major role in my life. I have an older brother, Trent, and two older sisters, Stephanie and Allie. My dad passed away when I was 13, but I've still got my mom. I'm a college student. My interests in school are history, philosophy, and geography; I chose to major in geographic information systems because it is one of the few things in school I'm actually interested in and will bring in an income for a family in the future. I love hanging out with my friends. I love staying active and having a good time while doing it. One of my favorite things in this world is food. I love to eat, and I can eat a lot. I love explaining things to people, and I love telling stories. I can be quiet sometimes, and other times I can be super talkative and outgoing--I guess it just depends on my mood. I try to find the good in people. I try to understand why they act the way they do and then, if I can, help them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. I was baptized at 8 years old. For years and years I heard people say things like "I have a testimony," or "the spirit told me this is true." This phrases were said again and again by people trying to express their feelings or experiences on how they found out that God loved them and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Christ's church on the earth today. As a young kid I guess I never felt I had one of those awesome experiences that told me it was all true....until I was 16. I had read the Book of Mormon a few times, been to church my whole life, prayed a lot, and asked God if the things I was doing was true. I was looking for some giant answer or something to totally knock me off my feet to tell me "YES, IT'S TRUE!" But it didn't come like that. One week at a youth camp I had recently prayed asking the same questions and then, while listening to a lesson, I felt the very subtle, wonderful feelings start to enlighten my mind. I kept listening to both what was being said and what I was feeling. I knew at that moment that God was speaking to me, and He was answering my prayers. It didn't happen the way I imagined, but it happened. I learned that the spirit answers us in such quiet ways through feelings and thoughts. I began to understand that I had received many answers to prayers throughout my life before that experience, but just didn't understand the true source. Since then I have prayed a lot more and asked a lot more questions--I still do to this day. I know now more than ever that God loves me, Jesus Christ lives, the church I'm in is lead by a true prophet of God, and that I will be saved if I continue to keep the covenants I made at baptism and in the temple.

How I live my faith

I love teaching, and as a Mormon I have lots of opportunities to teach. One of the things I love about the LDS Church is how it involves everyone with the necessary activities in the church. An example of this is with Sunday school--which is a class we go to on Sundays to hear a lesson on a specific topic. One of my favorite responsibilities is teaching in Sunday school. Preparing lessons make me really think about the topic and allows me to make my own goals on how I can do better at whatever it is I'm teaching. When I teach others I get to help them do the same thing so they can better their lives. I get to teach in lots of different setting and not just in a Sunday school class. Whether it is to someone who has never heard of Mormons, has been raised Mormon, or somewhere in between, I love doing anything I can to help people understand topics and hopefully get them excited to do their part and better their relationship with God and Jesus Christ.