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Hi I'm Brett

Grew up in Phoenix, AZ. Working on BA in Aeronautical Engineering. Soon joining Air National Guard and best of all, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Currently I'm a single full time engineering student, working as a sales rep for a cell phone provider, ride a bullet bike, and just love life! I grew up the youngest of 7 kids in a strong LDS family and was baptized a member of the church when I was 8. I had 5 older brothers and an older sister who lead the way for me and despite their best intentions I just didn't fit their "mold". I drifted away from the church in my teens as I tried to "discover myself". Much of my childhood and teen years have been erased from my memory- I went through a barrage of medical testing after experiencing symptoms pointing to a problem with my brain, resulting in severe depression and anxiety. Despite being put on heavy anti depressants I went to college up at BYU-Idaho, at the requirement of my parents after high school. I studied for a couple years before returning home and beginning a career as a Mechanic working on all makes and models of cars for a local shop. After 9 months of wrenching I realized I should try and improve my standing. I worked hard, saved up money and got my life together and was able to serve a full time mission. I served faithfully and returned home a new person. I quickly enrolled back at BYU-I where I attended another year. I have since transferred to Arizona State University and am pursuing a career in Aeronautics and am currently working on my papers to join the Arizona Air National Guard where I hope to get a pilot position after graduating college.

Why I am a Mormon

I am mormon for so so many reasons. I must say that my family is a huge part of it though. I grew up in the church and learned all about it growing up. I have learned very much about other churches, attending and researching other faiths and even learning from various pastors over the course of my mission experience. I am who I am now though because of how much the Savior loves me. 2 experiences I will share that I hope explain it. Because of the brain issues I had growing up, i was unable to fully learn things. My memory was shot to the point that I was unable to remember a simple phrase even after studying for hours a day for weeks. I was a mess and the doctors had no idea what to do or what even was the problem. I was terrified to think about a life, a career, family etc because I couldn't really function. One day I was praying, harder than I'd ever prayed, telling God my problems, telling him I couldn't do it, I couldn't go on like this and i needed His help. No lightening came, no angel from heaven- but when I read that phrase I'd been trying to memorize the next time, it clicked. Instantly I could remember things, I could learn, read, navigate, joke, LIVE! I have what I consider a normal memory now, nothing special, but being able to remember my own phone number is something I'll never take for granted. The next was when my Mom passed away about 9 months ago. I got a phone call out of the blue telling me I needed to fly to see her. I left the next day, spent 3 days with her and 3 weeks later she was gone. She had been very healthy up to that point with no reason for worry. It was amazing to me that although us 7 kids live around the world, we got together for the funeral. We talked about how grateful we were for her and her example, but more importantly how grateful we were that we will see her again. That she isn't really gone, just not with us right now. I know I will see my mom again, she is my mother, and I will always be her son.

How I live my faith

Having recently moved to Arizona I don't play a contributing role to the church organization as a whole right now. I have recently been assigned to work on the "linger longer" committee where I basically help organize get together events for those of us that are single in the area to meet one another. It is a small role in that sense, but in a bigger picture I love my Savior. I strive each day to find ways to help those around me in any way I can. Right now I live with a family member and do what I can to watch their kids and do the dishes when ever I can to try and bless their lives. I am a fond believer that we should treat others the way we want to be treated. I very much believe that God is watching us and wants us to treat others with love and respect. One of the biggest ways I see that I do that is by treating Heavenly Father's daughters with respect. By treating them as such and not an object or item but an equal and a gift for that matter.