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Hi I'm Brent Watkins

I love learning and serving, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona and I grew up in the Church. I have gained friends of various religious and political beliefs through my involvement in the Boy Scouts of America, high school bands (both concert band and marching band), and through my hobbies in baseball, ultimate Frisbee, and playing games of all types. I enjoy hearing each persons' beliefs, I respect each one, and I love having occasional discussions over these beliefs. I am studying Software Engineering in college, but I have put aside my education for two years to serve a mission. I will begin my mission on May 31, 2017, and will be serving in the Columbus Ohio mission area.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child in the Mormon church, I simply would attend because my family would attend. I was baptized at the age of eight, and grew in more knowledge and understanding. At the age of 14, I began to think over my belief and membership in the Mormon church, and I decided to ask God if the Mormon church was the true church. My answer did not come immediately, but as I continued to study, think, and pray, I came to realize the answer God had given me. I read the scriptures and the messages being taught in the church, and saw that they brought happiness and clarity to my life. I saw the service of the members in my local ward, and the support and positive impact that came from their service. Most of all, I saw and felt the joy, peace, and direction that resulted from the obedience to the teachings of the church. I knew that God had directed me towards these things, and I knew for myself that the Mormon church was the true church. From that moment as a 14 year old, I have been a faithful member of the Mormon church -- not only because my family went, but because of the personal testimony and witness that I had received. However, the road of my discipleship has not been without its bumps. As a teenager I was prideful and stubborn, and I tried to overcome my various sins through my own ways and willpower. After failing and failing, with my sins constantly bringing guilt upon my mind and soul, I finally turned to the ultimate source of healing and peace -- Jesus Christ. I had learned about His Atonement for the sins of every person many times, but when I was brought to my knees and applied the Atonement for my own needs, I gained a personal application and understanding of the Atonement, and I grew in love for my Savior. I am grateful for all that Jesus Christ has given me; for the direction He gave me so I may know that the Mormon church is true, and for the Atonement He offers so that I may be clean from all of my sins. For these and other reasons do I say I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith especially through my service in my church callings. As a youth I was a leader in both the religious youth groups and in the local Boy Scout groups that I was a member of. Once I was 18 years old, I was assigned to teach a group of the children of my church. I have been a teacher to a group of five year old children, and I love hearing the simple truths that the children have learned about Jesus Christ. Outside of church service, I have a very close friend whom loves to discuss Christianity with me, and we discuss ways that we as religious men can better live the gospel. I share messages found in the Mormon church and he shares messages found in his nondenominational church, and we always find common ground from these messages.