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Hi I'm Brett

I am a first generation American, on my father's side. I was raised in southern California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am half "kiwi" as my father was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be like my dad. For so many reasons, he has always been a hero of mine. His greatest accomplishment was marrying my mom, who is the mother of five, and a recent cancer survivor. My cousins introduced my wife and I. From our very first date, I knew that she was "out of my league". We have been married for over 12 years. We have 7 children together, including a set of identical twin boys. We enjoy going to the beach, watching our kids play various sports, and spending time doing almost anything together. I love surfing, lifting weights, playing basketball and running. In college, I studied History and English. I graduated law school in 2004. My favorite thing about being an attorney is working with my dad everyday. Recently, my younger brother Ben joined the practice. We are family law attorneys.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in a Mormon household. My parents, and even most of my grandparents were all brought up in the Mormon religion. But, my heritage is not the reason that I identify myself as a Mormon today. It is simply one factor, or the beginning of my conversion story. The Gospel, or "good news" of Jesus Christ found a home in me early on in life. As a child, I enjoyed hearing, and then reading for myself, the many stories in the scriptures. There was always a calm, quiet and peaceful feeling within me whenever I would go to church, read the scriptures or pray. As I learned about the commandments and tried to follow, I knew that I was doing good and felt good about it. The Book of Mormon was instrumental in my own conversion to the gospel. Over the years, I have read that book many times. I know that it is the word of God. It has helped me to be more Christlike. The stories and teachings it contains are remarkable to me. So too is the manner in which it came to be. God restored the gospel through a 14 year old boy who went to Him in prayer. That boy became a prophet, known as Joseph Smith. The church is led today by prophets and apostles, individuals chosen by God to teach, guide, serve and love as He did. I am a Mormon today because I want to follow Jesus Christ. Being a Mormon, to me, is so much more than simply being raised a certain way. It means becoming like the Savior.

How I live my faith

I am the Cub Master for a local Cub Scout pack. We have nearly 40 boys between the ages of 8 and 11 who are all working towards getting their "Arrow of Light" award, which is the highest rank that can be received in cub scouts. Our parents and volunteers are amazing, as are their children. The boys who leave our pack are more prepared for life's challenges, not only physically and mentally, but spiritually as well.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Brett
Simply stated, plural marriage was selectively practiced in the early history of the Church because it was a commandment of God. Since that time, many people have questioned the practice. Yet, God gave this same commandment to other prophets throughout history including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and Solomon. More importantly, God has historically tried and tested His people "to know whether they would hearken unto the comandments of the Lord". At times, His commandments have made little or no sense to those in receipt of His commands. Abraham was commanded to sacrifice his beloved Isaac. With just 300 soldiers, Gideon was commanded to attack the unumerable army of the Midianites. Naaman was commanded to wash seven times in a dirty river to be cleansed from leprosy. How contradictory, impossible and strange those commandments must have seemed to them then. Josph Smith stated that "when God commands, do it." The practice of polygamy is more easily understood in the context of a commandment from God. The real issue is not "why" it was it practiced, but whether Joseph Smith was actually a prophet of God. If Joseph Smith was a prophet, than polygamy was a commandment from God, however strange it seems. Through prayer and study, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. That same knowledge is available to all. The Savior promised "Ask, and it shall be given you seek, and ye shall find knock, and it shall be opened unto you". Show more Show less