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Hi I'm Brett

I run a division of large fitness company. I am father of one son and four girls. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the father of four girls (2-17) and a 19 year-old son serving a mission in Siberia -- Novosibirsk Russia to be exact, and I've been married for twenty years. I graduated in public relations at BYU and went on to get an MBA at the Harvard Business School. Since graduation I've held several jobs in marketing and general management living in Boston, Dallas, Sydney (Australia), Salt Lake City and now near in LA. I enjoy working. I love seeing ideas become reality and enjoy helping others succeed as entrepreneurs. I love watching a good football game from time-to-time and like to keep up on the news. I've recently taken up Mountain Biking and have loved exploring the mountain bike trails in our community.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but became a convert after my younger brother was killed in a car accident when I was nearly 10 years old. Not long after his death, I found myself at a family reunion pondering how unfair it was that my younger brother could not be there to enjoy the fun we were experiencing. The thought of his untimely death weighed on me and made me more and more angry. Finally I found a place where I could be alone with my feelings. Not knowing what else to do, I decided to pray. I started asking why, and then found my self just asking the simple question, "is there a God?" I felt a overwhelming peace come over me and an assurance that left me without doubt. I have felt that peace and comfort again. As a teenager it came again in answer to my question, "Is the Book of Mormon true?" I witnessed others receive the same witness of the Book of Mormon and in response to their question as to whether or not Joseph Smith was a prophet. The Church has been a friend to me all my life. As I have moved from place to place, whether single or now with my family, the Church has been such a strength. We have friends as soon as we move in. We have a support structure for our children with other kids who have similar values and morales. In a world of uncertainty and instability, this Church has been a North Star -- always there and consistently helping me to enjoy happiness and peace in my life.

How I live my faith

For most of my life I have had the chance to work with the youth of the Church and have learned to love and respect so many young men and women of the Church. Currently I'm serving as a Sunday School teacher -- teaching the Old Testament last year and the New Testament this year. I have come to love the Bible, to appreciate Paul and his care for the early Christian Church. I've grown in my testimony and love of the Savior and have come to understand Grace as not a single event or turning point in life, but as an active, enabling power provided by Jesus to help me improve my life on a daily basis. I'm also serving as a home teacher.. One of the great programs of the Church. I visit three families in our neighborhood once a month with a wise older brother who has found amazing success in his life. The home teaching program is a very practical way of making sure the needs of families are met. We provide service to one another (I've moved pianos, helped clean up after floods and next week will help set-up for wedding reception). In natural disasters, the Church uses the home teaching program to take an immediate inventory of the impact on its members and to plan and carry-out emergency response and provide assistance where needed. I've also become a licensed HAM radio operator (way out of my element) in response to the Churches effort to make sure that there are enough people in each congregation who can communicate with each other, with emergency response personnel and with leaders in Utah in the case of a major disaster -- something that seems more likely here in LA than in most places I've lived.