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Hi I'm Brent

I serve in the US Army. I enjoy politics, football and popcorn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In my world, knowledge is power. I live for learning and growing my abilities. That has translated into many different paths in my life. I'm a musician, writer and speaker, so the more I know, the more I feel prepared in any given circumstance. In college, I studied politics, statistics, ecofeminism, Jewish Studies, and chemistry. Today, in the Army, I'm trusted to lead troops, which is a great responsibility I take very seriously. It is not just a job to me... it is a calling. I work hard to make sure I know everything I need to know to carry out my missions and bring service men and women home safely. There is no greater call than the call to serve, and I feel honored to be able to get paid serving my fellow man.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I had a ton of questions about religion in general. I didn't really gravitate to any church or synagogue. I loved Judaism as a culture and studied Hebrew as a youth. However, I never felt I was ever, spiritually speaking, "at home." Up until the age of 20, I held a very aggressive love/hate relationship with organized religion. I knew I needed some form of spiritual steadiness to feel complete; however, every church I went to felt uncomfortable. I never considered joining the LDS Church... in fact, I spent a good amount of effort mocking and scorning those who called themselves Mormons. When I turned 20, I met some Mormons who were willing to talk to me about their faith, and their church. They would have answers for all the questions I had about different things in the Bible that other churches left unanswered. (Why don't we still have the Priesthoods spoken of in the Bible? What did Paul mean when he spoke of "Three Degrees of Glory"? Why don't we see miracles today? What ever happened to the gift of prophesy... do we not need it? How are God and Jesus one and the same if Jesus speaks of His Father being a separate being?) Perhaps it was pride, but even after I found a church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, that answered all of my questions, I resisted joining. It wasn't until I literally felt the Spirit of God in my heart tell me it was right for me to join that I asked to meet with real missionaries from the Church. Once that occurred, I was baptized and found my spiritual home. I'm happier than ever being in a church that helps me serve my God by serving my fellow man. Truly Jesus is the Christ, and he has a Church on the earth today. That Church is my church, and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving others. I try to volunteer for just about every service project my Ward and Stake put on. In the church, I've held various callings. I've been able to have a real impact helping families like mine grow and succeed. I've also been actively engaged in helping other people, like myself, learn more about my church and develop a relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ. Honestly, though, my favorite way to live my faith is to serve those who have nothing. My favorite service projects have been those assisting the children of the less fortunate through tutoring and mentoring programs. It breaks my heart sometimes, but that's a good thing. I use it as motivation to share Christ's love. Christ told his disciples that the easiest way to serve Him was to serve others. I testify that this is absolutely true. There is no greater feeling than being close to God, and there is no easier way to feel close to God than to serve our brothers and sisters here on earth.