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Hi I'm Brent

I'm a husband to my wife of 46 years, father of three grown children and a grandfather of 9.

About Me

I grew up in a small farming community in southeastern Idaho where I learned hard work, the meaning of community and a love of the land; even though my “land” now consists of the yard around our home. I was taught a love of my country by my father who was a WWII veteran and a love of music from my mother. I couldn’t wait to see what the world was like so I attended The Church College of Hawaii, a far cry from the dry hills of Idaho. My school experience taught me the worth of all of Father’s children no matter their race, religion or upbringing. My love of the Polynesian people was further cemented as I then served a mission to New Zealand.

Why I am a Mormon

Most of my ancestors joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and then immigrated to Utah during those early church history years from 1847 to the 1880’s. The town I grew up in was predominately Mormon so I was surrounded by the church’s influence from my birth. My parents were good people who served the Lord wherever and whenever asked and taught my siblings and me through their righteous example. When it came time to teach what I believed to be true in New Zealand I realized I needed a more firm conviction than I had at the time and through prayer, study and trying my best to keep the commandments, over time my testimony grew. That testimony is based on my knowledge that Jesus is the Christ the Redeemer of all mankind. He restored His church to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith along with Priesthood authority. That priesthood makes it possible for us all, if we meet the requirements and live faithfully to live as families again in the next life. With that faith and knowledge how could I not be a Mormon?

How I live my faith

Because of the example set by my parents and my neighbors while growing up I know service is an important part of the LDS faith. We are all asked to accept callings of responsibility in the local church unit without any compensation. That has always made sense to me; why be paid to help someone else. I try to share what I know through example. I know why I am here in this life, where I came from and where I am going. I know that Heavenly Father is mindful of me and will direct me through the Holy Ghost if I seek His guidance. With that knowledge, even though I have experienced heartache, failure, disappointment and the deep sense of lose that comes from loosing a child in death, I can be happy. I can be cheerful. And I can be an example to others by simply smiling and offering an encouraging word. Currently I am living my religion by serving as a full time missionary with my wife as my companion.