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Hi I'm Brent

I'm a soldier, a grandfather, a teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm actively retired: after 30 military years, 10 corporate years, 25 consulting years and 10 years of university teaching. My vanity plate on my 180,000 mile Celica says 2XWINNER. I'm one of those most fortunate widowers who was blessed to marry equally happily twice. Our merger and acquisition family now has 10 (married) children, 44 grandkids, and the first of the great-grands. Active retirement means working lots most weeks. The focus of my current work is teaching principles of business formation to lift people out of extreme poverty. I'm currently working on a Navajo reservation and in Haiti. So I'm picking up my 7th language: Haitian Creole. It's a whole 'nother world.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught by great parents who loved me. But as a college freshman, I had to find out if what they taught me was true. On a fall day, I hiked to the top of a 12,000 foot mountain, and then climbed back down. Since I grew up in California, I had never seen an autumn before. I determined to kneel and not get back up again until I knew the answers to 3 questions: Is Jesus who scripture says he is? Did he use Joseph Smith to restore the primitive church to the earth? Was that church still true to the first principles Jesus taught? That prayer lasted some hours, but more than 50 years later, I still know that God answered me positively, and I've never had to question the answers I received then. And I know that anyone can receive the same knowledge. I know that scripture DID NOT close with John the Revelator. God loves us as much today as in ancient times, and still calls prophets to give clarity about how we need to live today. Mormons live long, healthy, mortal lives. I look forward to endless happy life with my loved ones.

How I live my faith

When I was in high school, I started to develop stomach ulcers. I decided there was no future in ulcers, so I quit doing the worrying that caused them. My faith gives me abiding hope and dispels worry; Jesus Christ has overcome all our hurts and has invited us to sit in his throne with him. I've experienced untimely deaths of my mother, my wife and my son. I've been fired, and I've made disastrous investments. Yet I've weathered those trials and and have learned compassion from them. Jesus has delivered on his promise to wipe away all tears. I look forward to sharing faith and assurance with the generations I keep company with. I also know that these family relations are definitely NOT until death do us part. They are promised to last eternally. I intend to keep enjoying relationships with people whose lives I can influence positively, and who lift me by their examples.