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Hi I'm Brett

I grew up in an inactive Utah family. Childhood was frustrating and confusing at times. I'm extremely happy that I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Oregon after having lived the majority of my life in Utah. I have a wonderful wife and seven wonderful wonderful children, four boys and three daughters. Two of my daughters are still at home providing my wife and I with all the rewards and challenges we need. I used to be an electrical contractor in Utah but decided several years ago to switch to the distribution side of the same business. I now have what I consider to be my dream job as a manger of an electrical supply company in Oregon. Fishing and cycling are my two favorite things to do outside of work and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite growing up in a very inactive LDS family, I was privilaged to have several people influence my life in a positive way. First was my wonderful grandmother who would take my sister and I to her church whenever we spent the weekends with her. Even though we were young at the time her testimony of a loving and kind Father in Heaven who sent his beloved son to atone for our sins has forever remained with me. We had neighbors who had children the same age as my sister and I who invited us weekly to attend church. As a teenager despite my best efforts to stay as far away from the church as I could, I had friends who taught by example what it meant to be a Latter Day Saint Youth. I had one friend in particular who while he was on his mission challenged me to read the Book of Mormon. I had abolutely no interest in doing that until one particular evening when I felt completely alone and helpless to the circumstances I was faced with. I knelt down in prayer and asked Heavenly Father to help me with my situation. I felt immediately prompted to find my copy of The Book of Mormon. I found it, started reading in the early evening, and finished it mid day the next day. Before I was finished with 1st Nephi I knew without a doubt that this was God's church here on earth! By the time I got to Moroni 10:4 my personal testimony of the Book of Mormon was complete. I could never deny the personal witness I recieved that day. I wish I could say I've never struggled since living the gospel that I know to be true. I have though. Life has challenged me just like everyone else who has been blessed with this mortal experience. Fortunately for me I have had wonderful people in my life both past and present who have believed in me, forgiven me, and strengthend me. I know this is God's restored church here on earth! I also know that my personal Savior Jesus Christ atoned and continues to atone for my sins which allows me to continually progress in this life. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

For me a major responsibility I have in this life is to develop and noursish relationships with the people around me, whether at home, work, church or anyplace else...When I put people and relationships before everything else, the blessings I receive are immeasurable and never ending. I grow and learn more each day about the life that Christ lead... and the love he has for each of us by serving others.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

As a member of the Church I have had numerous opportunities to serve others outside of our faith and love doing so. The most recent opportunity I had was to participate with our local city to clean and beautify two city parks and to trim trees, brush and weeds along the main road into town. We worked together with city leaders and others who were willing to devote there time, talents and energy to this wonderful cause. We as a people believe strongly in serving others regardless of religious background or affiliation. As a matter of fact you could say that as we serve in our communities we have real opportunity to practice what we espouse to be. True followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Because of the many opportunities to learn, teach and serve within the church and in our communities, relationships that often rival those of personal family members develop. Wherever you go in the world you have people who instantly care about who you are and what challenges you and or your family may be faced with. I feel secure each day knowing that this is God's church and his plan for my happiness. My part in all of this is to genuinly love those around me and to strive to see God's creations the way that He does...with loving, caring eyes. Show more Show less