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Hi I'm Brendan

I grew up on a Minnesota farm, I live in Washington state, and I work in Illinois. I love this great country, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a farm in Minnesota, the tenth of twelve children. I loved tractors, crops, and all things farming, but small-farm economics steered me elsewhere. I put myself through college, and have worked for a computer software research company ever since. I live in Washington state, and work from my home for that same Illinois-based company. Living in this mild climate has only one downside - I've not worn my hockey skates in years. I play sports when I can, and build furniture in the margins. I am always eager to drive the roads of this great country.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Catholic faith, but from my experiences in those years, it seemed to me that religion was something to argue about - a thing of contention rather than a means of understanding and a source of strength. In my adolescent arrogance, I developed a theory that religion was for those who couldn't handle life straight on. I thought that I had life pretty well figured out and under control. But as I started my own family, and as my own children grew, I began to realize that I had not mastered the things that really matter - my role as husband and father, making right choices, and good family relationships. As I became aware of those things, I began to contemplate the things of eternity - where did I come from?, why am I here?, and what comes next?. When I was sufficiently humble, the answer to those questions came quickly. I learned, for myself, the reality of the restored gospel - the plain and simple truths of the Plan of Salvation. Looking back, I now see how easy it is to think that if we do not see, it must not be. But I am learning to doubt not because I see not, for it is by faith that we learn eternal truths. If we have faith, and act accordingly, we are granted knowledge that confirms that faith, and thus we learn, step by step, the great mysteries of heaven. I am grateful to be on that path.

How I live my faith

Our religion is not a Sunday-only one - my current assignment includes both day-to-day adminstrative tasks and the more important ministrative ones. I have the privilege of meeting with individuals and families to comfort and counsel as we all work to progress towards the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. I try to serve where needed, and in a way that would help those I serve become independent. It is one thing to profess faith - it is another thing to act on it. I strive to put my own house in order that I may be of use to others. I work to hold back the negative influences of the world, while embracing that which is of good report. I believe that this time here in mortality is a precious privilege, and I try to honor that by living with optimism and good humor.