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Hi I'm Bret

I'm a computer programmer, a husband and a father of 3 beautiful children. I cheer for the Sun Devils and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate of Arizona State University. I work as the IT Department Manager at a medium sized company. I love spending time with my friends and family in the outdoors. We venture on multiple camping trips each year. I also play sports of all kinds, especially golf and softball. I root tirelessly for the Devils, the Sun Devils that is, GO ASU.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I had to know for myself. I have spent countless hours studying the Bible and other works of scripture. I have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost on several ocassions speaking reassurance to my spirit that the Savior loves me and that the church is lead by Him. I spend lots of precious time serving in the church and studying it's beliefs, I would not do this if I hadn't received a witness that it is true. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true, there have been many blessings in my life that have come from membership in the church and from following the commandments. I know these things to be true and so do millions of others like myself. I invite all to seek the truth for themselves, by learning about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latrer-Day Saints and praying to Heavenly Father for an understanding of those teachings. If you are sincere, an answer will come.

How I live my faith

The church teaches that the most important unit in society is the family. My wife and I work to help our children understand the benefits of living an honest, clean and virtuous life. We believe that if we can help our children to understand the importance of honesty, faith and obedience to the commandments we are helping to make the community a better place. As society continues to devalue these principles, we work to strength our children to be able to see the light in an increasingly darkening world. Through church, I work with the Boy Scouts. Myself and the other leaders try to help these young men develop skills and understanding that will help them throughout their lives. We help them to "Be Prepared" to be "Morally Straight" and to learn the value of hard work and accomplishing things that are difficult. I avoid being judgemental towards those that do not live as I do. Instead we try to be friends to all and to invite others to participate in the many Family and Youth Activities that the Church offers to all. Our neighbors who are not members of our Church often attend family activities that the church sponsors and their children are involved in the Youth programs, Girls Camp and the Cub Scout program at the Church. They have made many friends through these activities even though they are not members of our Church.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Bret
It is a common misconception that Mormons do not believe that we are saved by Grace. We believe that Grace is a vital part of salvation and that no man could be saved without Grace. We also believe that as the Bible states we will be judged according to our works. So to Mormons salvation is two fold, we must try our best to keep the commandments and to live the teachings of Jesus Christ, but knowing that we are imperfect and cannot qualify for salvation on our own, we rely on the merits of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died to pay the price for our shortcomings. Many people I have spoke with think it has to be one or the other, either Grace or Works, but we believe that Grace + Works = Salvation, Grace is not enough on its own and Works are not enough on their own, both are required for our salvation. Show more Show less