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Hi I'm Brent

I enjoy traveling and big game hunting with my family and have recently been to New Zealand and Africa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of nine kids and raised on a dairy farm in Idaho. I served a mission in Zimbabwe and met my wife while in graduate school at the University of Minnesota. She had been a member for only two years when we met. My wife Kim is a dermatologist and I am a healthcare executive. We balance work, family and church which is not always easy with two teen age sons who are active in sports and church but we strive for balance and achieve it most of the time. We recently spent 3 weeks in Africa on a safari and had a wonderful time viewing the animals and spending time with the local people. It was an experience we will always remember.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church with parents and grandparents who taught me and my siblings about our Savior and His gospel. I don't remember when I knew the Church was true, it seems I have always known. I personally gain strength from the examples of historical figures like Joseph of Egypt. His ability to stay pure and faithful against significant odds and later to show forgiveness love for his brothers who had sold him as a slave is a real example of Christ-like actions. I also gain comfort that our Father in Heaven has a plan for all of His children and we can return and live with Him again as families by being obedient to His commandments.

How I live my faith

Currently I serve as the youth leader for all 12-18 year old young men in our congregation. Since we have two sons it is an extra treat because I get to spend more time with them and as well. Our youth have strong testimonies of their Savior's love for them and have to stand up for their beliefs and rely on their personal testimonies every day. Our congregation covers 6 large high schools, in some cases a young man might be the only member of our Church in the whole school (over 2000 students) or their grade. This means our weekly youth meetings are very important for them to gather with other young men who share similar beliefs. It is a real blessing to work and serve these young men. With the 16-18 year old young men we spend our time focusing on careers, with a monthly speaker talking about their career, what it took to prepare, what it takes to be successful, etc.. We have 11 Life Scouts in our troop so serve projects are also a high priority as well as spending time with the young women and younger young men. My personal testimony is really strengthened as a parent when I see my sons living the gospel and having no desire to deviate from what they have been taught. Our youngest son Russell played baseball for many years and each year their team would reach the finals but he elected to not play because it was on Sunday. The first year he was disappointed and told me he prayed for rain so the game would be postponed until Monday. Other parents actually expressed their appreciation to him for setting such a good example and living his beliefs even though they were not members of our Church. Russell is a good example of how we all can live the gospel on a daily basis.