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Hi I'm Brett

I grew up in a farming community in Idaho, I'm now pursuing a Master's degree in accounting, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm getting a Master's degree in accounting, and I'm planning on getting a CPA and working in IT consulting. In my free time, I am also a musician; I play piano, organ, and clarinet. I also enjoy reading classical literature and playing chess. I enjoy running, and I've been practicing to run a 5k. I also speak French fluently. I love learning new things, and I especially love discussing things, because I find that I learn more when I'm talking with another person, especially when it comes to spiritual things.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are members of the church, so I have been in the church my whole life. However, there came a point when I was in high school that I felt unsure about a lot of things in my life, and I took a lot of time to think about my own beliefs and commitments. I spent a lot of time reading the Book of Mormon and praying. I remember one morning, after a few months of dealing with these questions, I was up early and I prayed about the Book of Mormon, and a powerful feeling washed over me. It was a simple answer; I already knew it was true. Since that time, I've had a continuous series of experiences that have answered questions, confirmed my faith and made me better able to follow the Gospel. Another question I dealt with was the decision to serve a mission, spreading the happiness that the Gospel has brought me in my life. One day, when I had prayed to know whether I should participate, I attended a church meeting where a missionary bore his testimony about his own mission, and I felt so strongly that there was a mission out there for me, that I started to cry. On the way home, I bore my testimony to my dad about the mission I needed to serve. Belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints brings peace and hope in my life, and helps me understand and deal with my problems. No matter how hard my trials get, I know that I can rely on my Savior Jesus Christ, and that I can have the Holy Ghost with me always.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life, and I try to reflect that in everything I do. I try to make myself available for people, and whenever I have the opportunity to serve someone else or to do something nice, I try to take that opportunity. So many of our Savior's lessons were about the importance of loving one another, and showing that love through service, and so I try to make that a primary focus of my life as well. Besides giving that kind of service where I can, I try to participate often in my local church community. I'm an introverted person, but thanks to my participation in the church I have managed to have a large and tight group of friends. In the past, I was able to give my abilities as an organist for our weekly meetings, and I loved the spirit that I felt and the poignant thoughts I had as I immersed myself in preparing sacred music for our meetings each week. Most recently, I've been directing our local choir, helping people worship the Lord through their singing. Regardless of my volunteer positions in the church, I make time every day to study the scriptures and the other teachings of the leaders of the church, contained in their General Conference addresses and their books and other writings. I need that spirit in my life every day, and I am always grateful for the insights that I gain from their words.