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Hi I'm Brett

My father was a career military man so while I was born in Maine, USA, I grew up all over the world.

About Me

I am a retired Air Force officer who started out in the enlisted ranks. Before I joined the Air Force, my father took me around the world while he served first in the Army during World War II and then in the Air Force after it was separated from the Army. I grew up attending schools in Turkey, England, and the United States from Texas to Maine. I even attended a year of school in a former prisoner of war camp in England! Imagine bars on the classroom windows and barb wire around the playground. I am a father of three boys and one girl (she's my favorite daughter, just ask her!) My wife and I love to ride bikes and have had plenty of opportunity to do so since I retired from my second career late last year. I love gardening and do my own landscaping as much as a hobby as a means of stress relief.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church while serving in the military. Growing up, my family often attended church together on military installations. While I enjoyed this very much, I noted over time that I had questions -- or sometimes answers -- that could not easily be explained by the Chaplains or my parents. I felt that there was more than what I had. When my Dad retired from the Air Force we moved to Texas. While there I had the opportunity to attend several revivals (always one going on somewhere) I think in the hope of finding what it was that I was missing. I didn't. And still hadn't when I enlisted in the Air Force. Shortly after I completed my specialty training in the Air Force, I moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming. On the same floor of the barracks where I lived were a pair of Mormons and a Catholic who was planning to become a Catholic Priest. These folks often engaged in religious discussions just outside my room and I couldn't help but overhear what they were saying. What I heard were things that I already knew to be true and I came to recognize that it was the Spirit telling me to listen and act on these impressions. So I became involved in these discussions and knew that what the Mormons had to say was the truth and I had to commit to my convictions! Why am I a Mormon? Because it is the Lord's Church on the earth today. Because knowing what I know I can't be anything else.

How I live my faith

I currently have two responsibilities in the Church and one of those is working with young men as a Webelos den leader assistant. Over the years I have served in many different positions with various different levels of responsibility. Of all of these responsibilities I think that that of a religious teacher has been something I have enjoyed the most. This is because the preparation time required helps me to better understand the Gospel that I have come to love so very much. I attend Church every week and do look forward to the association I have with others there. No matter the topics discussed that day, I always learn something that I didn't know before. Years ago when I joined the Church I made a commitment to serve a mission when I fully retired. The time has come and my wife and I are making final preparations to serve a mission. We leave in October and look forward to dedicating our time in service to the Lord through service to others.