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Hi I'm Brent Quist

I am a father, an Attorney, a writer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a beautiful wife, and we have a son (3 years old), and a daughter (18 months). I'm an attorney but my dream is to become a novelist and public speaker. With any luck I'll actually sell enough books and do enough (paid) public speaking engagements that I can stop practicing law. I enjoy hiking, running, reading and spending time with my family. Given the ages of my children, most of my "free time" is spent in with my family. I have a love of the Constitution and hope to eventually get more involved in civic activities.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church; however, I did not really gain a testimony that it is the Church of Jesus Christ until I was a teenager. My testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ formed when I was in junior high school. I had been taught growing up that if I prayed and asked Heavenly Father whether Joseph Smith was a true prophet I would receive an answer. I prayed and felt a very real sense of peace which taught me Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I have never lost this testimony of Joseph Smith and his divine role as a prophet. In high school I decided to serve a mission for the Church. I felt I should read the Book of Mormon and pray to learn whether it is scripture before I started the mission. Heavenly Father confirmed to me, through the warmth and joy that flows from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is, in fact, scripture and that Joseph Smith translated it from an ancient record. I also read the revelations received by Joseph Smith, contained in the Doctrine and Covenants, and the New Testament. By doing so, my testimony further developed. I gained a strong witness that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Church, and that the Church is guided by living prophets and apostles. Most importantly, I gained a very powerful knowledge that Heavenly Father knows me and loves me and that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, my weaknesses and my failings so that I can actually repent and change and improve. About ten years later I met and married the most wonderful girl in the world. We were married in a LDS temple and were given the promise, as part of the marriage ceremony, that if we continued faithful to our baptism and temple covenants, we would have a family not just for this life but for eternity.

How I live my faith

I am striving to live my faith at home. My wife and I read from the scriptures each night to our children and pray as a family each night. We have weekly family home evening nights where we teach a lesson to our children, say prayers, and sing songs our children learn during their Sunday school classes. Many times the lessons are short and interrupted by my wonderful children’s craziness but, we are keeping at it. I want to pass my faith onto my children and truly believe that by engaging in these simple activities it will help instill small testimonies in them. I served a two year mission for the Church in New Zealand. I met many wonderful people there and learned that a special joy and happiness can only be experienced through service to others. Since the two-year mission ended, I have served in the men’s groups in the Church, as a teacher in both teenage and adult Sunday schools, and as a ward mission leader and missionary. My most favorite service in the Church has been as a worker in the Denver LDS Temple. My wife and I served there for about a year. I grew close to the Lord and gained a greater appreciation for his sacrifice and atonement and the great promises he has for those who will exercise faith in him, be baptized, and eventually enter into sacred covenants with him inside his temples. I love the temple. It is a sacred place. It is a safe haven from the outside world and from the devilish influences that seek to spiritually destroy me and my family. I love The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know it is the Restored Church of Jesus Christ. I know that it is possible to have a powerful, spiritual assurance, that a family can continue being a family in the next life. I encourage anyone who reads this to contact a member of the Church or missionaries for the Church to learn more.