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Hi I'm Brent

I became a Mormon because of sequence of events that occured over a period of six years that did not seem connected at the time.

About Me

I grew up without religion. I was baptized at nine but I have no memory about it. My parents never spoke about religion. As far as I know we never had a Bible or Book of Mormon in our home. Going to church was something other people did and it was a mystery to me. The only thing I knew or felt about God was that He had to be fair. I didn’t think life was fair but He was. This simple belief changed my life. As a boy all I wanted was to live in a happy home with a brother or a sister. Now I have three children and ten grandchildren. As a young man I had a hard time defining who I was and what I wanted out of life. After seeking wealth and success I now find myself at peace with everything I really needed and some success as a husband and father. I’ve had my share of disappointments, challenges and hardships. The world is changing but I find great joy and comfort with the natural beauty that surrounds me and my faith in Jesus Christ. My wife is my best friend and with continual love and support from family and friends life is very good. My interests are always changing but I primarily enjoy the outdoors, landscape photography, reading history and being with family and friends. In the past I enjoyed strenuous activities including backpacking, mountain biking and running. Over the years the body gets older but the spirit never changes

Why I am a Mormon

A trip to Utah was the beginning of a long journey that changed my life. It was in Utah I meet my cousin Colleen. She was an active Mormon, a real knockout and I wanted to ask her to go on a date. It was another four years before I saw Colleen again. She suggested that I should attend BYU. It fit the bill. Eight hundred miles from home, reasonable tuition and half of the student body were girls. My first day at BYU was dramatic. It was Sunday and I was shocked that young men attended classes with white shirts and ties - not realizing that church meetings were held on campus. I walked back to the dorms where I was address as Brother ___. What’s this thing about being called “brother”? I was ready to head home. Fortunately I remained at the “Y” until graduation but I missed out not attending any religious activities my first three years. I had a nonmember friend, Steve. He would go absolutely ballistic when someone said “the Church was true”. In Steve’s mind everyone had been brainwashed. No way could anyone honestly say something they had no way of knowing. Our paths did not cross again until my senior year. I will never forget that day. Steve had been dating a little Mormon girl and things were getting serious. She wanted a Temple marriage and Steve was in a dilemma. He had to find out if the Church was true. Steve read the Book of Mormon and then tested the promise given in Moroni 10:23-25. After praying most of a night he obtained his answer. And here I was hearing from Steve, of all people, that the Church is true. I remember, as he bore his testimony, a shiver going down my back. Instead of marriage Steve went on a mission to tell the world what he had learned. At BYU I too gained a testimony of Jesus Christ and His living Church. It is real; it is personal and it has changed my life. The greatest gift I have is my testimony. I know that God is fair and has provided a way for everyone to accept Christ as their Savior either in this life or in the next life.

How I live my faith

The Gospel has changed the way I look at life. It has helped me understand who I am and what I want out of life. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints has allowed me to be sealed to my wife and family for eternity. The understanding I have regarding “eternal life” and the fact that “families can be together forever” has brought me great joy. Over the past forty five years I have had the opportunity (1) to work with young men in the scouting program and share my love of the outdoors; (2) to become very close to a number of families while serving their needs as a Home Teacher; (3) to learn the Gospel as a teacher and instructor; (4) to bless my family and others as a holder of the Melchizedek Priesthood; (5) to share the Gospel and witness the change that comes into people’s lives through Jesus Christ and His teachings and (6), the present opportunity I have to serve in the House of the Lord as an Ordinance Worker. I am grateful (1) to partake to the sacrament each week and to renew my covenants with the Lord; (2) for the brotherhood of the Priesthood and the loving service provided by the Sisters in Relief Society; (3) to work on Stake farms, the cannery and other welfare projects to help those in need; (4) to know that I am a child of God and that He loves me and (5), for the Plan of Salvation that allows me to repent of my sins, to be redeemed through the atonement of Christ and the opportunity to live with God again. I know that Jesus Christ lives and I am a Mormon.