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Hi I'm Bret

I live in the Seattle area. I love mountains, snow and just about any outdoor recreation. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah, grew up in Colorado and have lived in Washington state most of my teenage and adult life - other than some time in college and a couple of years serving as a missionary in Japan. I'm married to my best friend and the girl of my dreams who loves the mountains as much as I do (but isn't quite as fond of the snow and cold weather!) We're blessed to have two sons and three daughters - all adults now - whom I feel fortunate to number among my very best friends. Thanks to them - and the the additional son and two daughters (i.e., their spouses) that they brought into the family - we also have two happy, spunky grandkids and two more on the way! I love virtually everything about the outdoors, especially activities that involve being in the mountains. (I don't think I've ever lived where I couldn't see mountains or be to them inside of an hour.) That includes hiking, climbing and my true passion, snow skiing. I can thank my parents (especially my dad) for that last one, as I grew up the youngest of five children in a family that skied together. I'm currently a volunteer ski patroller at the Alpental ski resort at Snoqualmie Pass.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born and raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and have really always been actively involved in the church, I would have to say that I was truly converted while serving as a missionary in Japan. Why did I choose to serve a mission if I wasn't truly converted? Well, I suppose that I thought I was, and didn't really realize what hadn't experienced. Fortunately, in the early months of my mission - and through the help and loving guidance of a few special missionaries with whom I served, I came to better understand the gospel of Jesus Christ - and know of its truthfulness and power - for myself. I will always be thankful to my Heavenly Father for the experiences at that time in my life that have changed me forever. From that time through the present, the gospel and the church have continued to bless my life and that of my family. I have seen the Lord's hand more times than I can count in my own life and the lives of others. These experiences have helped me come to know - line upon line, precept upon precept - that God lives, that He knows who I am, that His Son, Jesus Christ, is real and is in fact the Savior of the world, and that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been re-established upon the earth, built on a foundation of living prophets and apostles. That is my faith. That is my testimony.

How I live my faith

I once heard someone say that if he was every accused of being a Christian, he hoped there would be enough evidence to convict. I hope that someday when my life is over, the same might be said about the way I lived. I've been very blessed in my life, and while I do try to do what I can to give back, I'm also quite sure that what I give pales in comparison to what I've been given. That said, I still enjoy the opportunities I have to serve both in and out of the church. I've spent a lot of time with youth, including in the Scouting program. More recently, my assignment allows me to work quite a bit with the missionaries, helping to teach and strengthen those learning about the gospel and also newer members of the church. Some would probably consider my volunteering as a ski patroller "service", but I think I probably get too much enjoyment out of that for it to really count! I initially started patrolling as a way to afford for my family to ski - and it really was a blessing to be able to spend so much time with my kids and their friends in that environment. But now that the kids have all grown, it's probably more an excuse to spend time with a bunch of good friends - many of whom are really good skiers - doing what I love. I've been told that, as vices go, I could have probably picked a worse one!