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Hi I'm Brent

I grew up in Colorado (God's country) and I live in Pennsylvania (not far behind). I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father. My wife and I have six wonderful children. They aren't perfect children, but we aren't perfect parents either. We try to keep family a high priority in our lives because that is where our greatest joys come from. Professionally, I am an accounting manager at a large food company. I work with a great group of people. It is important to me to be able to help people in their daily lives. My employer is especially good at that. I enjoy outdoor activities like camping, hiking and gardening. I am an avid reader and I like learning new things, whether it be science, history, or whatever.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the LDS church, so I began my life as a member. As a teenager, I came to feel the need to know if what I was being taught was true or if if was simply a way to maintain order in life. For me, the question was simple; if the teachings are true, then I need to follow with all my heart. If they are not true, then I felt no need to continue. One night when I was 16, I felt an especially strong desire to know for myself. I did as the scriptures instruct and I prayed to my Heavenly Father to know for myself. I received a very powerful witness through the Holy ghost that the things I had been taught are true; namely, that God is real and that answers prayer, that we are his spirit offspring, that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and provided a way to heal all of the ills of mortality, that He restored his church upon the earth through a modern prophet, and that the Lord guides us through loving prophets today. Since then, I have received numerous additional witnesses of individual principles of the gospel. In my life, I have received many answers to prayer - some very clear and direct and others through other people. I have felt the healing power of the atonement -I know that it is real. I have seen it in the lives of people I know and love.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in an advisory role at church, helping others to do better at what they do. My specific responsibilities include advising the leaders one of our congregations; supporting the young single adults organization in our area; and also working to make sure the congregations in our area maintain their finances properly by having a lead role in auditing their finances. I have previously been a scoutmaster, a Sunday School teacher, Leader in Young men's organization, and a leader and counsellor in local congregations. I served as a missionary in southern Chile. More important than my specific assignments, I try to live a christian life by adhering to gospel principles each moment of each day. I have many areas to improve but I can truly say that the path I am on is the path that leads to joy in this life and the next.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Brent
The atonement is God's most important gift to us. His first gift to us was agency - the ability to make moral choices. Along with agency, God gave us commandments so that we can progress and have joy. Sometimes we use our agency contrary to God's will. Many people are troubled by the evil we see in the world and wonder how God can exist and let it happen. Agency is so important that He doesn't take our agency from us, even when we hurt others with our actions. Through the Atonement, God provided a way for us all to be healed of the effects of sin and the injustices of mortality. Can you imagine a loving God creating a plan that helps only the guilty and not the innocent people they have hurt? The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus' atonement is for all God's children, not just for a few, and not just for the guilty. In a way we do not fully understand, Jesus took upon him our sins, death, our infirmities, and our pains and sicknesses. He did this both on the cross and in Gethsemane. We are not quite sure why Jesus had to die, but we know He did so willingly in His Atonement. Some of the blessings of the atonement, such as the resurrection, will come to us automatically. However, to be cleansed of our sin, we must come unto Christ by exercising faith in Him and repenting of our sins. This is followed by receiving the ordinances of baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. The ordinances bind us to the power of the atonement. I am grateful to Jesus. Show more Show less