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Hi I'm Brett.

I grew up in Lake Stevens, Washington, USA. I enjoy road trips with the top down. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my high school sweetheart. We have four children who have begun families of their own. Through many years of night school, and at several different schools. I obtained a bachelor's degree in Business. Baseball is my favorite sport. I enjoy tooling leather for book covers. I have one "toy" in life--our "marriage therapy" car, and enjoy driving it around together on sunny days and through country settings with the top down.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. In fact, many of my ancestors were Mormon pioneers. I was exposed to the Church at an early age and came to learn quite a few things for myself. I believe in Jesus Christ. I agree with historians who confirm the reality of his life on earth. I believe in His teachings. I believe in the bible and am particularly fond of the “Gospels,” those books of the bible that speak directly of Jesus’ life and ministry. I also believe in the Book of Mormon as “another testament of Jesus Christ.” I believe that while Jesus lived He created a Church with leaders. After He died, these continued to teach on His behalf, and with “authority” that He had given them. I’m glad to live in a time when prophets and apostles lead a church that claims this same authority. I also believe in prayer, knowing firsthand that God hears me and answers in ways best for me. Perhaps all of this knowledge and “testimony” should make of me a perfect person. The fact is that nobody is perfect. I’ve certainly made mistakes in life—some awful, and some near trivial. The greatest thing that I know about God is that He loves me perfectly even when I’m imperfect. This knowledge doesn’t excuse any poor choices I make. It hasn’t prevented challenges, nor removed all sorrows. What my knowledge has done is help me to believe in Him and in the greatest work He performed: He lived a perfect life, then suffered and died for me. A Christian hymn captures my thought, “And when I think that God His son not sparing, sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in.” By taking on Himself whatever foolish things I’ve done, He provided a way for an imperfect person like me, if I will but “follow him,” to live again with Him and the Father of us all. It is a path I believe is intended to be traveled as families after living as fully as we can here on earth. That same hymn concludes, “Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me!” It echoes my sentiments perfectly.

How I live my faith

I go to church on Sunday's. In fact, I look forward to it. I try to live the teachings throughout the entire week. I love great music! I've always enjoyed what I would call mainstream music--nothing extreme. I admit a preference for vocal jazz/swing. I appreciate the influence music has on me. Good music makes me happy. It also can help set a tone I desire. For instance on Sundays I will be found playing softer, "religious" music. I like it. Perhaps owing to my interest in music, I appreciate my current role as the church's music chairman in our area. I see and hear lots of talented, gifted people. I also know there are quite a few who would like to be trained in some music things, so I hope to be able to help with that. I also know that good music can unify and uplift us individually, in our homes, churches and communities. In that regard I hope to organize a Thanksgiving music concert in 2012 for our community, with talent coming from local people willing to share. This would combine with a food drive, and donated to local food banks.