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Hi I'm Brent

I'm a husband and a father, a computer scientist, a fan, a gardener, a life long learner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married to my beautiful wife for more than 25 years. We have four wonderful children; two sons and two daughters. I am one of few that are actually doing what they studied for in college. I am a Software Engineer and am currently working for a major health insurance company maintaining several of their web sites. I enjoy watching college sports, especially football. I love to garden and to take care of my six fruit trees. Nothing beats the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables you grow yourself! I also like to cook when I can find the time. I usually man the grill and the smoker. I watch cooking shows on TV and like to try cooking some of what I see. I enjoy all kinds of music, but jazz and blues are my favorite. I also like to sing and participate in the church choir. I am curious by nature and can often be found online doing a deep dive on a topic that I have heard about on the radio or TV. I also like to listen to talk radio and to keep current with what is going on in the world. I particularly enjoy studying US history and family history. It is always a thrill to learn something new about an ancestor. Lastly, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and joking around with them. My greatest weakness is Peanut M&Ms.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in the LDS faith and have never regretted it. I could list many reasons why I am Mormon, but chief among them is that I know through personal study and prayer that the gospel is true and that Jesus is the Christ. Being a Mormon and a disciple of Christ is not an easy path to follow, but the hard is what makes it so good! When I bend my will to conform to gospel truth I find that my life is filled with joy and peace and I can keep all my problems in perspective. Knowing that God lives and that Jesus died or me, and that they both have a deep and abiding love for me, and because of their love they will hear and answer my prayers gives me a whole new perspective on the purpose of life. The family is central to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and knowing that though keeping his commandments I can be with my family forever helps me to live for it each day.

How I live my faith

Putting faith into action is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ for me. The Book of Mormon teaches, "…when you are in the service of your fellow man, you are only in the service of your God.' Thus, serving my community and family is one way I live my faith. The church is a big supporter of Boy Scouts of America. Both of my boys have benefited from the values taught by this organization. One of the cherished experiences in my life is when I worked in the scouting program with the 11 year old scouts. At that age the boys are filled with wonder and enthusiasm to learn, do, and explore. It was my great privilege to be their leader. Another way I live my faith is to worship God by attending weekly church services. There I can sing, ponder and pray and am taught in his ways. We read the scriptures, discuss them and share experiences with each other. I try to apply the lessons learned to my own life. I always leave filling rejuvenated and inspired to go forth and do good works and serve my family and my fellow man.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

If you know a member of the church, most likely they will be happy to talk to you and answer your questions. I know I would. If you want to learn even more they may invite you to visit togeter with the full time missionaries of the church in your area. These young men in their white shirts and ties have dedicated two years of their life to the teach non-members about what we believe and why we believe. If you don't know any members right now I would go to mormon.org and chat online with a representative. They can also answer your questions and can connect you to someone in your area. Show more Show less