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Hi I'm Michaelbrent Collings

I'm a father, a husband, a neighbor. I scare people for a living, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a lot of things: bestselling horror/thriller/sci-fi novelist, produced screenwriter, member of the Writers Guild of America and the Horror Writers of America, black belt martial artist, (ex)lawyer (the "ex" part makes me happy!), guitar player, video game lover (PlayStation 3 is my preferred console), reader of an incredibly wide range of books, and blogger are just a few. But of all the things I am, the three that are most important are these: Husband. Father. Child of God. Lots of people are lots of things, but we're all that last. We're all children of God, and I think that remembering that is a way to remember what makes humanity wonderful and interesting.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe Jesus is the Son of God and I believe that He established a church. I believe that His church was lost over time due to persecution and the killing of many of the early disciples. I also believe that it was restored a few hundred years ago when He spoke to Joseph Smith and restored the lost truths that we need for happiness. I'm a Mormon because of the way I feel when I read the scriptures, when I sit in church with my family, when I sing hymns, when I pray. They all lead me to feel better when I am following the tenets of Christ. I'm a Mormon because Mormonism makes a lot of sense in a lot of ways. I have a great interest in religions, and have never encountered one that made more sense - practically, socially, and theologically - than this one. I believe many religions are full of great and wonderful people who are doing great and wonderful things. I don't think that saying the Mormon church is true takes anything away from that. Rather, it offers the opportunity for all men and women to come unto Christ, to bring the goodness they have and let Him make it better. I'm a Mormon because the church is full of simply the best people it has ever been my privilege to know. Again, there are a lot of good and loving and wonderful people throughout the world, Mormon or not. But every time I step into a Mormon meetinghouse, I am greeted by the highest concentration of people actively striving to be good and follow Christ that I have ever found. I am Mormon because I am a child of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow Christ, first and foremost. I think the world has turned into a place where hatred and vitriol substitute all too often for discourse and reason. Christ never called people names because they disagreed with him, and I try not to either. Following Christ is an individual choice, and I think that the best way I can live my faith is not by making sure others are living theirs, but by seeking to perfect myself before I try to cast sin out of others. That being said, I'm always willing to talk about my faith to those interested in learning about it. I don't have time or inclination to get into arguments about it, but if you're interested in knowing about what makes Mormons tick, I don't mind chatting about that at all. Whether interested in joining the church, or just curious, I will talk to those who want to talk. And those that don't want to talk about the church... well, I try to find common ground in other things with them. Life's too short to spend it alienating those around you. I go to church. I read the scriptures -- Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and the words of the prophets (modern and ancient). I pray alone, and with my family. I serve in the church, whether it be as a member of a bishopric, a home teacher, a Sunday School or primary teacher, a member of the High Priests group leadership, or in any other calling. I try to be a friend and someone who is interested in others. No man is an island, and I've found that the more bridges I build between myself and those around me, the more happy and fulfilled I am. Above it all, I try to live in such a way that if Christ visited I wouldn't want to hide my face in shame. I'd like to greet Him with open arms when He comes again, and though I fail more often than I succeed, I am so grateful that He has provided a way for me to repent, and has offered to all of us the grace we need to return to our Father's kingdom some day.