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Hi I'm Bret

I'm an ER physician for the Army and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an ER physician currently in the United States Army. I am happily married and a father of five amazing children. I am an avid outdoorsman and am grateful that my wife and kids love to do the same with me. We love hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping at any chance we can get. My career path has taken a chunk out of the time allowed for such hobbies, but I am grateful for the opportunity the Lord has given me to not only serve Him as a missionary earlier in my life, but to also serve such a wonderful country. Everything I have is a direct result of my freedoms from this Land. I was blessed to be born into this wonderful religion, given the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors as a young man, and the wonderful opportunity to study not only in undergraduate work, but also in the field of medicine as a physician. I enjoy being able to help others in time of need. Often, when someone comes into the ER, they are at their worst and I am able to offer a helping hand. The Lord has blessed me in this and my family has been more than supportive as I could not do it without them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this religion, but I was converted to it in my teenage years when following my parents' teachings or my friends was consistently placed before me. I gave serious considerations many times about why I should follow a religion that asked so much from me and put so many seemingly pointless restrictions on me. It all came down to one simple concept, the truth and validity of this church and its precepts rests on one simple fact, either Joseph Smith Jr. was truly a prophet of God, or he was a hoax. The only way I could think to test that was to read The Book of Mormon. If that book was truly a book of God, then Joseph Smith had to be a prophet of God. I read the book with a real desire to know what it was. 18 years in the church and I hadn't read it! When I got done, I knelt down and asked my Father in Heaven if the book was what it claimed, holy scripture. I felt the Spirit of God in my heart and in my mind I suddenly could recall all the times that I felt the peace of God and the Love of God while I read that book, and the words seemed to come to my mind, "You already know it is true!" The knowledge that Christ was my Savior was established while reading The Book of Mormon, the comfort of knowing that God speaks to us again as in times of old was overwhelming! What a blessing to have that knowledge burn deep in your soul. I have read it many times since and each time I read the pages of The Book of Mormon, I feel the strength of the Spirit of God. The Bible has become so much more real to me and dear to me. I couldn't imagine living my life without that comfort and guidance.

How I live my faith

I live my faith the best I can. Nobody is perfect, but by attending church meetings on a weekly basis I am able to receive ongoing strength, and by preparing lessons to teach in church, I am more likely to keep my scripture study going. Too many struggles happen in life and too many temptations beset us to allow any one person the ability to go about the day without troubles. If I read my scriptures, take the time to say a heartfelt prayer at least once a day, and if I attend my church and temple meetings, I keep myself closer to the Lord and feel His love for me. It allows me to recognize my blessings easier and to see where I can help. I serve the soldiers of our country and the citizens of my city as a physician, but by serving others I gain a deeper understanding of the service Christ has and does give to me. If I miss a service or I start to slack on my reading and prayers, I notice a drop in my desire to serve and note a selfishness start to build inside me. I live my faith and keep the commandments I have been given, because I know they steer me on a clear course for success, and happiness.