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Hi I'm Brent McAllister

I am a retired banker and an avid hiker. I am a fifth generation Mormon.

About Me

I am grateful for my Mormon heritage and the sacrifices of my pioneer forefathers who were people of great faith. I was baptized at 8 years old, served a mission at 19, and have been actively involved in the church all my life. When I was 15 years old, I had an experience that changed my life. The Holy Ghost confirmed to me that the Joseph Smith story was true, and that he was indeed a Prophet. Since that time I have had many confirmations of the truths of the restored gospel, the Book of Mormon, and my Savior, Jesus Christ. My wife and I recently served as missionaries for 18 months in Liberty, Missouri. We celebrated our 50th wedding this year, have 4 children and 13 grandchildren. We both love to hike and enjoy living in St. George, were we can hike year round in some of God's most beautiful creations. I have been retired for 6 years, but continue to work mornings as a hiking guide. We are looking forward to serving another mission in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a 5th generation Mormon, I have grown up in the church. However, one of the strengths of the church is the individual testimonies of its members. That testimony must come from the confirmation of the Holy Ghost, for each individual. Mine came for the first time when I was 15 years old. I was asked by my mother to sing a solo in a womens meeting. The song was one of our church hymns,"Joseph Smiths first Prayer" (hymn #26). I was too frightened to sing in front of all those "sisters", so I stood behind the curtain which separated the chapel from the recreation area of the meeting house. As I sung that hymn, the truth of the words I was singing (The testimony of his first vision) were so powerfully confirmed to my soul, that I knew they were true! I remember walking home with tears in my eyes from the feeling that experience left me with. Since that time I have had that same confirmation many times as the spirit has born witness to my soul of the truths of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

We continue to enjoy our church callings and activities. Having a "lay ministry" in our church, we have opportunities to be involved in many areas of service, all of which are rewarding and fulfilling. Our church continues to grow rapidly around the world, creating a need for service from members both young and old. Our religion is centered on the Lord Jesus Christ, whom we know to be our Savior and Redeemer. We love him, and are grateful to be able to serve him. Temple worship has always been an important part of our religion, and we continue to build temples around the world. Temples were important in Moses day and in Christ's early church. If you would like to know more about our temples, go to LDS.ORG or MORMON.ORG. Our chapels are open to everyone and we invite all people to visit at any time. We love to share our beliefs with our neighbors, friends and others. The gospel of Jesus Christ is such an important part of our lives, we may seem too closed or "clickish" to those non-mormon's around us. For instance, I had a neighbor ask me once, "What do you do for 5 hours on Sunday?" He was a good neighbor and friend, not necessarily interested in being a "mormon" and was baffled at the time commitment I seemed to have on Sunday. We had some good discussions about that and other "differences" we had, and remained close friends, enjoying times golfing, and other activities for many years. My "testimony" of the Book of Mormon, has come through the power of the Holy Ghost as promised to any who will read this book "with a sincere heart, with real intent" (Moroni 10: 4-5). The Book of Mormon has been analyzed, torn apart, criticized and labeled as false and a fraud perhaps more than any religious book since the day it was published, and yet has remained and is accepted by millions as what it claims to be, "Another Testiment of Jesus Christ." I know it is true because I have read it and studied it, applying the promise from Moroni, "with a sincere desire to know."

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Brent McAllister
Missionary service in our church is voluntary. Missionries generally serve when they are 19 for young men and 21 for young women. Many retired members, both singles and married couples also serve. Missionaries are not paid for their service, so must support themselves. Many in our church look at missionary service as an opportunity to serve the Lord full-time, and recognize the blessings that come from that opportunity. They serve throughout the world, wherever the church calls them. Show more Show less