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Hi I'm Brett

I'm a husband and father of five busy children. I'm an MBA and I currently sell real estate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a passionate person. I have a very difficult time doing anything just half way. I love watching college sports. I still enjoy playing sports and working out at the gym even now that I am in my fifties. In my work I often go overboard to help my clients. I guess I’m somewhat of a perfectionist. To escape I enjoy fishing and hiking with my family here in the mountains of Arizona. To relax I spend time teaching myself how to play the guitar. I really enjoy teaching others things that I have learned. I have taught classes of all ages in my Church since I was 21. In my professional life I have taught and trained real estate agents all over the country for nearly 20 years. I especially like teaching youth or teenagers. I have a unique hobby of taking Mormon youth on a week-long tour of our Church History sites in the Eastern United States. Since 1998, I have taken over 650 youth on this tour. I enjoy being with my family. I have traveled quite a lot in my life and I always wished that my wife and kids could have gone with me. My two favorite vacations were my honeymoon in Hawaii and a whole family trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I believe in old fashion values like honesty and common courtesy. I often tell people that my life philosophy is this—“life may not be fair, but I am!”

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church and come from a long line of Mormon pioneers. I have two third-great grandfathers who knew the Prophet Joseph Smith personally. Since I was very young I have felt that the Church I belonged to was true. I certainly understood even as a child that my Church was significantly different from other churches. However, notwithstanding my LDS heritage I was determined to know for myself. When I was a junior in high school I read the Book of Mormon all the way through and felt its power. I didn’t hesitate to serve a mission at 19 and was called to go to the Philippines Manila Mission. While serving in the Philippines I had many spiritual experiences that confirmed to me and the people I was teaching that the Church was true. Since returning from missionary service I pursued an education, got married, and continued to serve actively in the Church. I have another personal hobby in that I love to study the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith. There has been an enormous amount of scholarly work done on Joseph Smith and early Church History. There has been almost an equal amount of scholarly work performed on the historicity of the Book of Mormon. For over 30 years I have always had a book or two that I am reading. There is always new research being done. And although the foundation of my testimony of this Church lies in spiritual experiences, my faith is not blind faith. LDS scholars and apologists have done a magnificent job in answering the countless critics of the Church to my intellectual satisfaction. I see the world around me sinking in surrender to the “scientific” community as if the question of whether God even exists has been settled. I have the warm comfort of a spiritually based testimony that God does exists, and the calm satisfaction of knowing that pure, “revealed” religion does not conflict with science. Truth is truth no matter what.

How I live my faith

My faith is a part of who I am. Being a Mormon is much more than going to Church on Sunday. I currently serve as one of the leaders of our local congregation’s priesthood. I visit new families that move into our area and also visit several families on a regular monthly basis as a Church assignment. There are two men and two women who visit our family on a monthly basis to teach us and to make sure that we are all right. I try to live my faith in my professional life as well. In a world becoming increasingly dishonest I try my hardest to buck that trend. In my current profession as a real estate agent this can be challenging. Sometimes clients don’t necessarily want the truth. I have lost several clients because I was not willing to tell them what they wanted to hear just to get their business. To me, if I am consistent and honest with my clients then they will remember me for that.