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Hi I'm Brent

I love construction, auto mechanics, & photography. I grew up in Provo Utah, but didn't become active in the church when I was 18.

About Me

I am a father of 3 with 1 on the way (we're in for it now!). I am a business analyst (borring!) who loves our 100 year old house and all of the fun that comes with remodeling it. Besides woodwork and construction, I love photography, art, paintball, and I dont get the chance to work on my classic Camaro much.

Why I am a Mormon

I was involved in a lot bad stuff throughout my teenage years. I broke just about every non-violent law there is! I had a friend who's family started having family prayer before we would leave his house every night. It started having an impact on how I felt as we left their home. I could feel the spirit stronger and stronger until I couldn't deny it was there. The contrast once we got in the car and went off into the night to get into trouble and out run the police was palpable. One night I came home around 2am feeling horrible about who I was. I sat down and saw a book on the floor of my closet, the Book of Mormon. I felt like I had to pick it up and start reading, and it changed everything. I couldn't deny the feeling of the Holy Ghost telling me this was the way to change my life and atone for my MANY SINS! If it weren't for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his atonement, I know where my life would have gone, I saw it happen to the friends who didn't join me in my journey toward the gospel. The weeks and month after coming to Christ I watched friends go to jail, have children out of wed-lock, and over-dose on drugs. I look at the life I had then, and my life now and there is no comparison. Only the power of Christ could have this much effect on a life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living the teachings of Christ every day. I stand ready to preach his gospel at all times, even if its just by example. "If ye love me, feed my sheep" The way I repay our savior for his sacrifice is to help others come onto his teachings.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Brent
Faith without works is insincere. A guilty man is not set free by admitting his guilt alone. We believe that through Christ we CAN be saved by: Forsaking our sins (for good) Repenting Making a mends for the things we have done Striving to live our lives as he did Making an effort to carry the work of his gospel to others Through our efforts, and by his grace, after every thing we all we can do on our own, we may be saved. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Brent
Christ. The life of Christ and his teachings are central to the Mormon Faith. They will teach and testify he is the savior, the way and the light. They will teach there was a preexistence in which we chose to come to earth and follow his example that we may return to Heaven with him, IF we strive to be like him in deed and thought on this earth. They will teach that through the grace of Christ and our own efforts to be like him we can come forth in the resurrection, reunited with our mortal bodies and obtain everlasting life. Why do we need our body back? So you can give a high five and get a hug!!! Come on! Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Brent
Contrary to popular belief: We do not worship Joseph Smith. We believe during the centuries after the death of Christ his church was re-organized many times into many Christian factions, none of which resembled the original structure of Christ ministry. We call this period of time apostasy. Joseph Smith was a man of faith who was given the charge to restore Christ's church in the proper order, according to the original organization during Jesus' ministry on earth (IE: A prophet leading the church with 12 supporting apostle's etc...). We respect Joseph Smith as a man of god and a prophet, and learn about him like another prophet in the scriptures (Moses, Noah, etc...). Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Brent
Mormon is a nickname given to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, by people in the 1800's. The name comes from the fact that we study from the Book of Mormon - Another testament of Jesus Christ. Mormon is also a nickname many confuse with the faction churches that split off from the church in the 1800's. These tiny groups (sometimes called Mormon fundamentalists) are not affiliated with the church and their doctrine differs from that of the church - some of which practice polygamy (which is illegal and NOT practiced by members of the church!) and do not follow the same standards of morality and clean living. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Brent
I absolutely do. God has always called prophets to lead the people. Throughout the old testament there are prophets, and after Christ's death even Peter was called to be a prophet to lead the church. The only time there has not been a prophet throughout history is when the hearts of the people (of the church etc) turn from God to wickedness and will not heed the words of the prophet - We call that period apostasy. Our Heavenly Father loves us - his children - why would he not want to give us continued guidance as we enter these peril filled last days? Through the prophet's of these modern days we can receive guidance that if followed will uplift and strengthen our families against the slipping standard and moral decay all around us. He is not there to tell us what to do, he is there to help light the way back to our Heavenly Father. I am blessed to have a prophet giving us guidance and challenge me to be a better person, husband and father. Show more Show less