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Hi I'm Brent

I love the outdoors, books, family, friend & learn cello. I'm a husband, father, and grandfather. I make internets. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, obtained B.A. and M.A. degrees in English at the University of California, then moved to Indiana University to pursue a Ph.D. While I was studying here, I was lured away into the university computer center--where there were jobs!--and eventually was asked to connect the university to the ARPAnet, the grandfather of today's internet. That previously-unknown career was mine for another 30 years, eventually working to bring internet to many of Indiana's colleges and universities, to build and operate the research and education network interconnecting the US's universities and researchers with colleagues all around the world, and even to work with a lot of our international colleagues. When people asked me what I did at work, my answer was often "I make internets". I was fortunate not to be doing that alone, but worked with a lot of very smart, interesting, and good people. Outside of work, I have a wonderful family whom I care for very much, a wonderful wife, six wonderful children, and (so far!) 18 grandchildren (who are all, as Garrison Keillor helped us see, "above average"). I believe they all know that I love them very much, and I'm blessed to be able to be with them often. I love the outdoors, and southern Indiana has some beautiful places to be. I love reading, and ideas, and living in a university town where there's always a boatload of fascinating things. I do family history for a hobby and am learning to play the cello whose sound I love.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormon and Methodist, so I saw something of a lot of different churches growing up, but I always felt "at home" in the LDS church. I've had a number of experiences that I consider to be crucial spiritual experiences for me, and that help me know that God is there, that He cares about us personally and individually, and have helped me realize, as an adult, that the most important thing to decide in life is that God really is there, and that Jesus Christ really is the son of God. If we don't work out anything else in life--and there's so much worthwhile here to do!--that's the most important question to be able to answer for ourselves--and beyond the answer, what do we do about it? And that's the rest of life. But the reason I'm still here in the LDS church is that I feel very much that this is where God wants me to be, right now. I hope I can be an influence for good, that I can help the world to be a better place because I was here. I love my Heavenly Father and His Son. I hope I can be with them again. I love their chilldren too, all of them, and hope we can all be together with them someday.

How I live my faith

I've served in all sorts of ways in the church, both as a single person and after marriage: with young adults, with youth and children, and with adults. I've been a scout and youth leader, worked with missionaries, and enjoy doing family history. I love the feeling I have in the temple. I also believe that being a human being brings with it responsibility towards others: to respect everyone I meet, to look for and find good in them, and to serve and help when I can. I enjoy lots of different kinds of community service. I also enjoy my family very much, and am very blessed to be near many of them. We enjoy being together. I want my children and grandchildren to know that they're loved. Every one of them is different and interesting and talented in different ways, and I think that's great. I think variety is wonderful, and I'm glad to believe that I think God does too!