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Hi I'm Brent

I was converted to the Mormon Church while in college. I am a Chemical Engineer and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the same beautiful girl for 42 years. We have 5 married children and 16 beautiful grandchildren. Of course I am a bit prejudiced when it comes to the grand kids! I am a chemical engineer and recently retired from a major chemical company after 36 years with the company. I love the out of doors and am an avid skier, backpacker, and golfer. The first adventure of our retirement years will be to serve a humanitarian mission for our church in New York City. I served a mission as a young man, and it was a life changing experience for me. I learned that you feel true happiness when you are serving other people. Being called with my wife to be missionaries together has been a dream of ours ever since we got married. We love the Lord Jesus Christ, and want others to feel that same joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I have a pretty interesting story when it comes to why I am a Mormon. My family has pretty deep Mormon roots, but for various reasons, my mother and father were never actively involved in the church when I was growing up. It wasn't until after I went away from home to college that I was really exposed in detail to the LDS church. While I was a freshman in college I spend a lot of time studying what the LDS church believed. One of the main "proofs" of the truthfulness of what the church teaches is the Book of Mormon. The LDS church believes that the Book of Mormon is an ancient record of the people that existed on the American Continent from 600 BC to 400 AD. There is a promise in the Book of Mormon that if you will read it an pray sincerely, you will receive an answer through the Holy Ghost that it is true. When I was a freshman in college I read the Book of Mormon with real intent and an open mind. When I prayed about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, I felt a strong spiritual feeling that it was true. I have read the Book of Mormon many times over the years, and continue to feel that strong feeling that it is true. Being a Mormon has been a real blessing in my life. It has helped me understand and cope with the challenges of life, and blessed my family in countless ways.

How I live my faith

Our church doesn't have a paid clergy so everyone in the church is assigned or "called" to various responsibilities as we serve one another. Typically you service in your calling for short periods of time, 1- 2 years. Over the years, I have had many callings in the church. I served as the Scout Master in the Boy Scout troop that our congregation sponsored for almost 11 years. I was a great calling and I was able to work with my 4 boys and see each one of them achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. I have also worked in leadership positions over the congregations that we have participated in. Our congregations are called "wards", and are geographically organized. You attend the ward where your home is geographically located. I have served in the congregation leadership, the Bishopric, 7 different times over the years. One time I was actually called to be the Bishop of the congregation. That was a wonderful calling where I felt a lot of satisfaction as I helped members of our ward grow in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Probably my most important calling has been to be a Dad. I view that as my number one responsibility. Together with my wife, we have raised 5 children who are not married and have their own lives. We are proud of everyone of them as they have become good parents to our 16 grandchildren and responsible adults.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the greatest gift that our Father in Heaven has provided for us. He sent his Son to the earth to live among us, teach us about God, organize a church, and eventually be crucified and resurrection. That ultimate sacrifice was what made the "Atonement" possible. We believe that the Savior suffered the paid for all of our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane, and that his death on the cross and ultimate resurrection made it possible for all mankind to be resurrected. We believe that the atonement pays for the sins that we commit conditional upon us repenting of those sins. Repentance requires humility in being sincerely sorry for our mistakes, having a "Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit", and changing our lives to not repeat those sins. All of us make mistakes regularly, but we can be forgiven if we repent and apply the atonement in our life. Show more Show less