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Hi I'm Brent

I love shooting guns. I enjoy hiking, camping and being outdoors. I speak 2 foreign languages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 33 year old father of 3 with number 4 on the way. I love my family.I have a BSBA from the University of Phoenix and I worked full time while I went to school. It was rough, but getting my degree was definitely instrumental in my career advancement. I enjoy target shooting and go pheasant hunting every year during the season. I am a leader in the local Boy Scouts of America troop. My son is a Cub Scout and I am really excited for him to go into the Boy Scouts. I am sort of a handy man in that I like to build things and figure out how they work. I finished my basement by myself (with the help of my dad, brother and a couple of good friends). I really like to garden and every year I plant a variety of vegetables. I like to try new things and I like to challenge myself. I enjoy camping and going on hiking adventures in the mountains. I also have done many studies on the Meso-American region and would absolutely love to tour some of the ancient sites throughout Mexico and Central America.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents and a great deal of my family are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I was brought up with the Gospel. I was among only a handful of Mormons in the schools I attended growing up, and even though I felt as though I stuck out because of my religion I never doubted the faith that I had in Jesus Christ. I gained a lot of my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel by the example set by my parents and the things they taught me. They always placed emphasis on doing the right thing even when others are not looking, being honest and giving meaningful service to others. As a young man I was taught to try and be like Jesus by doing these and other things. When I graduated High School I decided to serve a mission. I always knew the church was true and that we have a living prophet today, and I felt as though I needed to share this with other children of God. I was called to serve in a Spanish speaking mission although I had never had any education with that language - I took German all through school. I trusted that the Lord knew where I needed to go and put my faith in Him. I studied everyday and prayed that I would be able to learn the language. With the help of the Lord I was able to pick up the language relatively easily and share the Gospel with others in their own language. My testimony grew ever stronger. Now, many years later, I still use my Spanish skills in my business and sometimes in church when they need a translator. By being a missionary I gained a greater love for other cultures by humbling myself to be receptive to the Spirit of God. To me, things need to fit - they need to make sense. I am a Mormon because the Gospel makes sense. The truths that are taught in the church give meaning and purpose to my life, as well as a knowledge of what will come after this life. The Gospel taught in the church helps me to want to be a better person and to act as Christ would have me act and serve others as he would.

How I live my faith

I love talking to people about my beliefs. I also love showing my faith in Christ by serving others. I was a volunteer Seminary teacher for High School Freshmen and Sophomores for two years. I currently serve as a church leader and Boy Scout leader for the young men who I go to church with. Volunteering my time to help our youth become leaders and good examples in our community brings real joy to my life. I strive to be a good example to my own children as I serve in the church and help others. I believe strongly that we need to always be willing to serve others and I have found in my life that I am blessed when I help others. I have strong family values and I strive to strengthen my family ties by eating meals as a family, saying prayers as a family (both morning and night), spending time together as a family, reading the scriptures as a family and learning the value of work as a family. The prophets have told us the importance of self reliance and have urged everyone to prepare for a rainy day by having food storage and being wise with our money. My parents were both raised on a farm, and though I was raised in the suburbs, my family always had a garden because one of our prophets said that every family should have one. I carry that tradition with my own family and have a decent sized garden of my own. I enjoy growing plants and I also enjoy sharing what grows in my garden with family, friends and neighbors. I travel a lot for my work so I listen to the Book of Mormon on CD as much as I can. I feel the love of God in my life more and more as I study the scriptures and apply what I learn to my daily activities and family life. I believe in the power of prayer. We can pray to our Heavenly Father for help, guidance and comfort. I strive to pray daily and can feel the influence of God in my life as I pray often.

Are Mormons Christians?

Brent
Absolutely! A Christian to me is not only someone who believes in Jesus Christ, but also someone who follows His teachings and his example. The name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because we believe in and follow Christ. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Brent
it is true. In the New Testament we learn that after His resurrection Jesus told his apostles that he had other sheep that were not of that fold, and that he must also bring them to the fold so they could be one fold with one shepherd. The Lord loves all his children and it only makes sense that Christ would have appeared to his people in the Americas as told in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less