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Hi I'm Brent

I'm a Mormon. I have been married for over 20 years and have 5 kids. I am an Internet Marketer and an entrepreneur.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Chicago area and I loved going downtown. Though I left for several years after high school, my wife and I returned to Chicago with our young family for employment and to receive my MBA. The first 10 years of my career focused on software development and financial analysis. I enjoyed working and studying in downtown Chicago. But my greatest enjoyment came from my wife and my children. When we were first married, my wife and I decided that we wanted to raise our family near the mountains. So after 10 years in Chicago, we followed that dream, quit my corporate job and started a new life in view of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I had a hard time finding a job in our new state and finally decided to become an entrepreneur. Running my own company required a lot of time and didn't produce much revenue. For several years we struggled to make ends meet. Finally after much effort and prayer and working for small company while still running my own, we are pulling out of that struggle. My greatest enjoyment still comes from my wife and now 5 children ranging from 20 years down to 5. I enjoy a good bike ride or playing games with any of them that will join me. We love to pile in the mini-van and take a road trip or go backpacking in the mountains when we can. Our life is packed with our kids activities, taking care of our home and serving in the Church. And overall, even through the struggles, our life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was actively participating in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was taught from my infancy about Jesus Christ and His gospel and his atonement. And though the teachings made sense to me, I wasn't satisfied. Others, including my parents, said they had a "testimony" of the truthfulness of the Church and the gospel. They explained that it came through the Holy Ghost. I didn't have this testimony even though I had felt promptings from the Holy Ghost before. So as a teenager, I decided I needed to receive my own testimony. I read the scriptures on my own, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I prayed and fasted for understanding and for a testimony. During one particular fast, I decided that I would test God. I told Him in my prayers that if someone said a particular phrase during our Church meetings that day, I would know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truly His Church lead by His Son, Jesus Christ. Of course, no one said that specific phrase. I didn't give up, however. I continued to study and pray about it. Gaining a testimony was on my mind a lot during that time. And finally it came. It came unexpectedly near the end of a week-long scout camp when I was surrounded by many other boys my age and our leaders. Such strong feelings came and at the same time my mind understood the message that the Book of Mormon is indeed God's word written by His prophets just like the Bible is. I understood and now knew through the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the full gospel of Jesus Christ was brought back to the earth starting with a visit from God the Father and Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith in 1820. The same priesthood that Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, Peter, James and John had that was taken from the earth after the death of Jesus' original apostles was here again. This testimony, and the many fruits and spiritual confirmations since, is why I continue to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ daily in my personal life. As a family, we read the scriptures each day, including the Bible and Book of Mormon. We set aside Monday evenings for family time where we take turns each week teaching a principle of the gospel (selected by whoever is teaching that week). I set aside time to pray alone, with my wife, and as a family. In our home, Sundays are respected as a Sabbath day and are treated differently than the other days of the week where we try to do things to strengthen our family and our relationship with Heavenly Father. I actively participate in weekly worship services and regularly visit families in our congregation to teach and support them. I truly try to live what I believe and teach these things to my children in both word and deed. Of course, I am not always successful in living this way, but I am trying my best. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, each member has a responsibility as we do not have paid or professional clergy. These responsibilities are called "callings" because it is through prayer and inspiration through the Holy Ghost that the local leaders of the Church know who to call to each responsibility. Thus these responsibilities change from time to time. In my current responsibility, I support the coordination of efforts between the full-time missionaries and the local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as they share the gospel message with those want to learn more about it and this Church. I love the opportunity to hear about and watch people receive testimonies of the restored Gospel contained in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then change their lives as a result. I love attending baptismal services and being with people that are making this covenant to follow Christ. Living my faith brings great joy, satisfaction and meaning to my life.