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Hi I'm Brent Lorimer

I am a dad, a lawyer, and a yuppie cowboy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are the parents of five brilliantly diverse children and ten wild and crazy grandkids. I love my sweetheart and am constantly surprised by how many gifts she has. Over the years she has taught me much and has comforted me in difficult times. We have a great family. I am the president of a law firm specializing in intellectual property (litigating and obtaining patents, trademarks and copyrights). I love the intellectual challenge of practicing law involving cutting edge technologies - it stretches my intellect and my analytical abilities. In my spare time, I love to chase cows -- literally. I love it because it connects me to the land and is so different from what I do every day. If I had been born 100 years earlier, I would have been a cowboy. I am a bowtie afficionado. My dad wore bowties, and I have become a believer. I have about 100 bowties and not a single "long" tie. As a wise man once said, the only people who wear bowties are lawyers, doctors and clowns.

Why I am a Mormon

Fundamentally, I am a Mormon because I am a believer. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe that God lives. I believe that through the atonement of Christ I can become clean, and that He knows me by name. An important part of why I am a Mormon is my family. I believe that God has restored the sealing power of Elijah through Joseph Smith, and that through the sealing power I can be eternally linked to my family, present, past and future. It is real and very important to me. I am also a Mormon for practical reasons. I believe that God is a practical being -- I think that he does things that work. I am 57 years old, and have been a Mormon my entire life. There have been times in my life when I have been a better adherent of the faith than others. I have noticed that in the times when I have lived my religion and kept the covenants I have made, my life has been better. It is not that there have not been hard times -- there have been such times. In the end, however, my life has been better, more successful, more satisfying and generally more fulsome during those times when I have been doing those things my faith requires of me. It has been said that divine covenants make strong Christians. I believe that maxim to be true. Last, I am a Mormon because I believe the tenets of this faith are true. When it comes down to the bare-knuckles, no I'm not kidding truth, I believe that God lives and that Christ is His Son, and that Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw and heard what he said he heard. Really. I believe these things because I have asked God and He has answered my inquiry in the affirmative. Mine is a living religion, one full of light and hope, one that makes living in a challenging world more manageable. I find in my belief a brightness of hope, one that if I will continue to burnish it, will someday become a perfect brightness of hope. I look to His second coming with gratitude and anticipation.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in the small decisions I make every day. In the end, I believe that the way we make small decisions winds up determining the way we make the big ones. I am often reminded of the injunction in the Book of Mormon that we should succor those in need of succor, and that we ought not suffer the beggar to put up his petition in vain. At the end of the day, we are all beggars, depending upon God for our daily sustenance and upon the matchless love of His Son for the atonement and the gift to be able to repent of our mistakes. Because of those gifts, I am hopeful -- hopeful for a brighter day. I live my faith trying to be a reflection of Him whose gospel I have embraced. I try to bear the burdens of others that them may be light, to mourn with those that mourn, comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as a witness of God at all times, in all things and in all places I am in. It is my hope that I am living my life so that those I interact with will see in me a reflection of Christ. It is sometimes more tarnished than others, but I am working to burnish it.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Brent Lorimer
A testimony is a witness or affirmation from God that something is true. In my case, I have received a witness that Jesus is the Christ, the promised Messiah, that God lives, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. My testimony is dear to me and is as real as anything in my life. Show more Show less