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Hi I'm Bret

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to fantastic woman and have 3 daughters. I am a doctor of physical therapy with a primary focus in orthopaedics. I love running & playing flag football along with basketball. I have been on two cruises & my favorite place I've traveled too is Boston, MA.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to the Church when I was 18. Growing up, I was in a predominately LDS community & was frequently asked by friends, as I became older, to attend church meetings where missionaries were giving addresses either before or after their missionary service. I was probably the most actively attending non-LDS person in the area! As my experiences with the Church grew, around my junior year of high school a friend asked me to pray about the Book of Mormon, and I did. I received what I knew at the time was an answer that the Book of Mormon is from God & was challenged by another friend a few months later to join the Church. My excitement was short-lived as my parents soon had me meeting with a local leader of our family religion, and other family members, to dissuade me from the LDS Church. A lot of confusion ensued as I felt horribly torn between trusting my parents & family, & following through with what I knew was an answer from Heavenly Father. Over a year later when I left for college to a school in the midwest I came to realize, once I was not attending church services & spending time with my LDS friends I had grown up with, that something was missing. I felt different. I felt like there was no structure in my life. I felt alone. After a few months of ignoring a challenge, from my now wife, to read the Book of Mormon I decided to pick it up & start reading & praying about it again. And the Lord saw fit to bless me with another answer, though stronger than before, that I could not deny was the Holy Ghost bearing witness to me of what I needed to do. I then realized that the aloneness I had felt was the absence of the Holy Ghost, the Spirit that my friends carried with them, that was, & is, in the weekly church services. I'm a Mormon because I cannot deny that experience. I know it was from Heavenly Father. Therefore I do know that Joseph Smith was a prophet & that we have a prophet today, leading & guiding us.

How I live my faith

I attend weekly church services that go for a 3 hour block every Sunday. The first hour is Sacrament meeting where we partake of bread & water to remind us of the Savior & re-commit ourselves to follow Him. The second two hours involves classroom discussions in two different classes where much interaction with the instructors & those attending ensues regarding Gospel topics such as faith, repentance, the life of the Savior, & more. I also do monthly "hometeaching" where I visit 1-2 families at least once a month, get to know them, & strive to do what I can to help them with anything they need whether it be any spiritual, physical or family need. I have a calling in the church as a "ward missionary" where I work to help spread the Gospel not just to those outside our faith but also to those within.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Bret
A cult is considered a group with practices that are seen as abnormal &/or secretive. The LDS church is often categorized by others this way for two primary reasons, 1) our belief in the nature of God, & 2) our temple worship. First, most christian religions adhere to the doctrine taught in the Nicene Creed that the nature of God is such that He, Jesus Christ & the Holy Ghost are the same being. Mormonism differs from this as we believe all are 3 distinct, personal beings. A few reasons are as follows: a) when the Lord was baptised the voice of the Father was heard, sign of the dove given, while Jesus was standing in the water; b) Stephen testified seeing Jesus standing on the right hand of God (Acts 7:55-56); & c) Joseph Smith, in 1820, testified of seeing both God & Jesus, standing next too each other. Many other examples exist in the scriptures. Finally, Mormonism is seen as "secretive" as only members of the church who are in good standing are allowed inside an LDS temple. After an LDS temple is constructed, it is opened to the public during an open house, usually lasting a few weeks, where guided tours are conducted inside the temple. Once a temple is dedicated by a church official, it is then closed to the public & only those who have prepared themselves spiritually, & mentally for the promises to be made with Heavenly Father therein are allowed inside to participate. No different than in Moses' time when only certain people could enter the tabernacle at certain times. Show more Show less