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Hi I'm Brandt

I'm a computer scientist and entrepreneur. Recently I've started working with not-for-profit foundations. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA. I've founded two companies and helped them grow to successfully bless many people's lives. More recently I've joined a foundation the hope of using computer technology in new ways to fundamentally improve how children and college students learn. It's our hope that we can alleviate poverty by improving US and global education. My wife and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. We are the parents of four boys. Our oldest is married to a delightful young lady. They are both in college. Our second son is presently serving a mission. The other two are in high school. As a family we enjoy the outdoors including skiing, hiking, backpacking and bicycling. We recently moved to Seattle where we've enjoyed all of these activities in a new environment. I hope to become a proficient sailor and this is a good place to learn.

Why I am a Mormon

I have more than four generations of LDS church members on both sides of my family. Several of my ancestors emigrated from Europe and crossed the plains with the Mormon pioneers. I was born into an active LDS family and have been an active member all of my life. Despite this heritage, however, I couldn't continue with the church if it weren't for the confirming testimony of the Holy Ghost. I recall as a child listening to people at church testifying of the truth of the gospel, their trust in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and His calling Joseph Smith to be a prophet of the latter days. I wondered how they could be so sure. One Sunday as another member testified of his search for true religion the spirit touched my heart and let me know that these teachings are true. I've relied on that knowledge - reaffirmed periodically by the spirit - all of my life. After our first son, our second child was a beautiful little girl. Unfortunately, she suffered from multiple birth defects that would limit our time with her to five short months. Throughout this trying experience, we were supported by the Holy Ghost and the knowledge that there is much more to our existence than just this life. We came to love that little girl in ways indescribable. What a comfort it is to know that our sweet Rachel will be waiting to greet us when this life is over. Since then, we've had three more sons but we trust the promise that all seven of us - two parents, four sons and the daughter who waits for us will be sealed together as a family for eternity if we live worthy of that blessing.

How I live my faith

Through the years, I've served the church in many capacities. I've taught children in Sunday School, I've taught and led in the priesthood and now I help advise and train church leaders. But my favorite experiences are due to the LDS Church's affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America. As a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster I've led boys in many adventures, taught outdoor skills and the determination to push through challenges. From our experiences in the nature of God's creations the boys and I have learned of the love God has for us and true principles of honesty, integrity and loyalty to country, family and faith. Best of all, we had a lot of fun along the way.

In whom should we have faith?

Faith in Jesus Christ means we trust in Jesus Christ. I don't believe in blind faith. I trust/have faith in Christ because His teachings have proven to bring promised blessings of peace, joy and comfort in times of need. That trust allows me to follow Christ's commandments before I understand all of the reasons why. Likewise I also trust that there are good reasons for things I cannot yet explain and that someday I will understand. Show more Show less