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Hi I'm Brent

I am a husband and father of 5. I am a CPA, commercial mortgage banker and do volunteer work in Central America. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I love our 5 children and are just starting as grandparents. Our family is not perfect, but we love each other and enjoy being together. I am a CPA and work financing apartment buildings all over the United States. Our family has moved at least 8 times and lived in 4 different states over the years. Sometimes moving was hard for our family, but we always felt blessed to find wonderful people wherever we have lived. I love to learn. My favorites are biography and science. I enjoy scuba diving, reading, family history and our families. I am working to help families in Central America increase self-reliance and am trying to learn Spanish.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and grandparents were such great examples of love and kindness to me and to each other. They believed they were better individuals and couples because they chose to follow Jesus Christ and live the teachings of the Mormon Church. Their example has had a great impact on me and I wanted the same happiness in my life that they seemed to have. Because of this example, as a teenager I decided to study the Book of Mormon and the Bible and learn for myself if the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were true. I read and prayed and came to know for myself, as a young man, that the Gospel is true. Over the last 35 years I have tried to live the teachings and have come to know the same happiness in my own life that I saw in my family. The blessings that have come to me by trying to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ have been the richest, most rewarding part of my life. My marriage has been greatly blessed by the love we feel as we serve each other and work to keep our commitments to each other and our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Daily prayer and study in the scriptures keeps me grounded and helps me focus on what is the most important each day. It also helps me see areas where I need to change and can improve. Despite the trials we all face, prayer and study helps me stay grateful for God's many blessings and look for His hand in my life. I volunteer to help people, especially young people, learn about their family history and the great plan of salvation God has implemented for us. The young people are strengthened when they learn of the trials and successes, hard work and persistence of their ancestors. It connects them with who they are and who they can become. It's great fun to learn about our families and how they have been supported in their lives. I help people find resources on-line, in their own family records and how to organize and use these resources. I find it very rewarding to help others in this way and I always learn more that will help me. I also visit families in my neighborhood each month to share a gospel message and make sure they are doing OK. I have done this with different families over the years and many of the families are still great friends. I try to help and teach the families, but it seems I always learn and am blessed. You just can't get ahead of the Lord.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Brent
Individuals I have met that considered Mormonism a cult generally have not understood that Mormons believe and use the Bible and believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Savior of the world. Many also did not understand that the Book of Mormon is a companion to the Bible and an additional witness of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon tells of Christ's visit to the people in ancient America after His death and resurrection. When I have been able to share with others that I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer; and that He is the Son of God and that He promised to send the gift of the Holy Ghost to all those that would be baptized and confirmed by laying on of hands by those having proper authority; then the label 'cult' does not seem appropriate. When I talk with friends of other faiths, they see me as a fellow disciple of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less