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Hi I'm Brett

I love my family and love to serve. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work for a software company and LOVE what I do! I am an organization development expert (that sounds boring). My job title is ‘Built to Last Champion’ (not so boring!). I get to help my company be a great, enduring company. We are building a Built to Last company. I work with GREAT people with a shared purpose, and we are changing the way small businesses succeed. As much as I love my work, I am a family man first. Everything I do is to benefit my family. Some may think it old fashioned, but I love my wife and kids and am doing everything I can to raise a family the way the Lord wants. I used to have hobbies (I LOVE fishing and volleyball), but all my time is spent working hand in hand with my wife to raise our eight children (yes – eight children…now you know why I say “used to have hobbies”!). On a personal note, I’ve really been focused on personal improvement the last couple of years. I read scriptures and write in a journal every day. Last year I read the entire Old Testament from cover to cover and I recently completed the New Testament this year. I am currently working on my physical health after several years of not exercising and have been working with a personal trainer twice a week for a couple of months. My family and I attend church every Sunday, read scriptures and pray together as a family every day, and LOVE to play together. Some of our favorite vacation spots are Disneyland and camping up in the pines of eastern Arizona.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed with parents who taught me that God is a loving Heavenly Father who wants all of His children to be happy. He created a plan that required one to offer himself as a sacrifice for the rest of us. Jesus Christ was Heavenly Father’s firstborn son and stepped forward to be the one. Because of Jesus Christ we can be forgiven of our sins and we will all be resurrected and stand before Him to be judged on how we lived our lives. I chose to be baptized to follow Jesus. Through baptism I promised to take the name of Jesus Christ upon me (be known as a Christian), to remember Him, and keep His commandments. I will never forget the feeling I had when I received the Holy Ghost after I was baptized. It is hard to describe, but I felt a warm, peaceful yet powerful feeling. Since then, I have felt the Holy Ghost many times in my life. He has helped me know between right and wrong, testified to my heart when something is true, helped me make important decisions, and even warned me of danger. It is through the Holy Ghost that I know that Jesus Christ suffered and died for the whole human family that we might not suffer if we’ll exercise faith in Him, repent, be baptized as He was and receive the Holy Ghost. I’ve developed a personal relationship with God through prayer. I know this kind of on-going, timely communication with God is possible and available to any sincere person who prays to God in the name of Jesus Christ. Christ truly is the way, the truth and the life, and no man cometh unto the Father but by Him. I’ve also learned and come to cherish the fact that families can be together forever through sacred ordinances that can only be received in one of God’s holy temples. Death is not the end and family relationships can endure beyond the grave thanks to the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. BUT, we have to do what He asks of us to qualify.

How I live my faith

I’ve already mentioned a few ways I live my faith. I maintain a personal relationship with God through daily prayer and scripture study. My wife and I also pray daily together to acknowledge God’s hand in our lives and to seek His direction as we raise our family. Second, because the family is so central to God’s plan, we do all we can to strengthen our family from the evils of the world. We limit the influence of the media on our family (very little TV or radio, we only visit certain websites, etc.). We pray together as a family morning and night. We read scriptures together every day. We attend church together on Sundays and set apart Monday nights as a family night. We also eat dinner together and make time to have fun as a family. Third, we strive to learn and keep the commandments of God. We show our love to Him by paying tithing, taking care of the bodies He created for us, keeping the Sabbath Day holy and never taking His name in vain. We extend that love to our fellow men by treating them as He would and looking for opportunities to serve others. Fourth, we make and keep sacred covenants (promises) in holy temples and return as often as we can to serve, to be taught and to be strengthened. There are currently 3 temples in operation in AZ (in Snowflake, in the Gila Valley, and in Mesa). These buildings are different than our regular meeting houses where we worship on Sunday and have other activities during the week. A temple can only be entered by those who are willing to meet the requirements. ANYONE can choose to live in a way that will allow you to enter a temple. I invite you to consider it! Two more temples are being built in Phoenix and in Gilbert. Before they are dedicated to the Lord, the public will be invited to see inside. I encourage you to take the opportunity to visit and feel the special spirit that always attends the temple.