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Hi I'm Bret

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. My wife and I love to Swing Dance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father with four children. I love coaching my children's sport team and volunteering as a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) teacher at their school. My wife and I once performed swing dancing at a BYU Football halftime show. I've lived in Japan and visited Singapore, China, Vietnam and Hong Kong in addition to Mexico and Canada. I love making sushi for friends and family, grilling year round and baking enormous cookies for my kids. As a child I suffered from migraines for weeks at a time. The experience taught me to endure hardships and to empathize with others. Despite our challenges, we can move forward with faith and support.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I've needed answers and help from God during my life when I've felt like I was lost and would never be happy, when I've needed direction about where to go and what to do, and needed to know how to help someone else. In each of those situations and in many others He has answered my prayers and deepened my faith by prompting me to do something. As I've followed those promptings I've learned more about Him, that I can rely on Him and that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and Redeemer. He has touched my heart so many times. He has taught me in very quiet and personal ways that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I am a Mormon because He has shown me I should be and has made me happy when I live my life accordingly.

How I live my faith

Living my faith starts at home. I know I have a Heavenly Father that loves me and is training me to be like Him. That takes frequent reflection and attention on how I am doing personally, as a father and as a husband. I often travel for work, which leads to a lot of time away from my family and others who know me, time alone in other cities and time alone in hotel rooms. It would be easy to not live what I believe when away, but, I know how sad I am when I don't stay close to my Heavenly Father and His influence. So, I have strict rules for myself when I am away. I call my family for morning, dinner and evening prayers, for scripture study and to tell my wife what television shows I've watched in the hotel. I also go to the temple as often as I can while I am on the road. We have seven temples in California, so I am usually close to one of them. These habits keep me from making choices that would damage me, my relationship with my Heavenly Father, wife and my children. From there, I follow the example of my own father. I take the neighbors' garbage to the street, mow their lawns if they don't have time and look for ways to help people in need. Some of my fondest memories of living my faith have come when working with youth. I know how much I needed friends and people to care about me as a teenager. I try to give that back in a way that helps them make good choices. Finally, Serving others gives meaning to living my faith. I was a missionary in Japan for two years, where I learned both the language and to love the people. I've had many opportunities since then to help and serve others in many, many ways. Loving our Heavenly Father and others is really what this life is all about. It is when I am most happy.