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Hi I'm Brett

I'm a student, a handyman, an auto enthusiast ...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student majoring in communication and journalism and I love learning! I am studying to be an automotive journalist, because cars have always been a huge part of my life. I love cars and I love driving. I'm never happier than when I'm behind the wheel with some music playing and friends or family riding with me. Someday, I would like to work for a car magazine learning about and reviewing new cars and technologies. I love the outdoors. I am an avid camper and hiker during the summer and a mediocre-but-tries-his-best snowboarder during the winter. I also love cycling, mountain biking and jogging and I take every chance I get to put my car into four-wheel drive and go off-roading in the mud or sand. I love singing. I've been singing since I was a kid and it's something that I've always loved doing. There is such power in music, in the way it tells a story or gives words to unspoken feelings or invites the Spirit to enter our hearts. I used to sing in choirs and small groups more, but now I only get to sing in my car or occasionally in church. I also used to enjoy theatre, both participating and watching, but I don't get much of a chance to do that anymore either. I enjoy reading. My favorite book is "To Kill a Mockingbird," which I read when I was 14. I also really enjoyed "The Art of Racing in the Rain" and "The Hunger Games" series, but I usually like just about any piece of literature I read, including poetry. I don't read enough though (who does anymore?)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it is the only path that has ever led me to happiness. I was born to a Mormon family, but there was a time in my life when being a member of the church wasn't a part of my plan. However, at great length, I came to the conclusion that being a Mormon provided me with stability, something I could rely on. The Gospel of Jesus Christ fills my soul with gratitude that He came, suffered, died and was risen again, for me. He knew my sins and my pain personally and willingly took it from me and put it upon himself so that I wouldn't have to suffer alone and I am so grateful that every time I reach out to Him, He reaches back. I also know that Jesus Christ loves each and every one of His other children, and by trying (and sometimes succeeding) to follow His example, I have been able to both show love to others and feel the love that they have for me. Even those who don't believe as I do or who have differing views than me have something that I can learn from them, whether it's tolerance and love, patience or simply a different way of looking at the world around us. Everyone has truth to share and that truth is of God, no matter what form it comes in. When I came back to church, I was overwhelmed by the love I felt from not only my fellows, but more importantly from my God. I felt Him confirming to me that the decision to return to church was the best decision I could make, and it's one that has had amazing implications on my life so far. My decision to attend college, the career path I have chosen and my potential to become a contributing member of society are all hinged on the choice I made as a teenager to put aside childish things and try to become a man of God. Each day, I am confronted with the choice of whether or not I want to remain a Mormon, but each day, I remember that nothing else has ever made me feel as complete and whole as when I dutifully seek to serve Heavenly Father and His Son.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to reach out to my fellow men. It's been said that everyone is carrying a heavy load and we as God's children have been called to reach out to others and shoulder their burdens with them. Jesus Himself said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give thee rest" (Matthew 11:28). He set the example for us to follow when He offered Himself as a sacrifice for the pains and sorrows of others. I'm far from perfect, but I try to follow that path as well. I love making friends and being a friend to those in need and I am so grateful when they return the favor. I also serve in my congregation. I teach a class for those who don't understand the Gospel well or who are newly baptized Mormons. It is such a great experience seeing the light that everyone has within them. Sometimes, we assume that only scriptorians and scholars can teach us, but my class has shown me that some of the humblest people can have some of the best attitudes and insights about life. I also serve as a home teacher, which is a program that ensures that every family's needs are being taken care of and that no one is struggling spiritually or otherwise. It has been a great experience getting to know the families I visit each month and understanding their unique challenges and strengths. I also have served as a music coordinator. That was a wonderful opportunity to organize choirs to sing on Sundays and to give talented members of the congregation a chance to uplift listeners by sharing their beautiful gifts in a spiritual way.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Brett
Local congregations are organized into wards, stakes, branches and districts to help provide order to the church. Branches are small congregations who meet together, while wards are larger groups of people. Stakes and districts are groups of wards and branches. For example, I attend a ward, which is part of a stake, along with five other wards. Our stake also has a small branch in it as well. The wards are presided over by bishops, while the branches have a president. Additionally, the whole stake is presided over by a president as well. These men are worthy, just Priesthood holders who can receive revelation for the groups of people over whom they preside. Every Sunday, the common teaching materials of the church ensure that each ward and branch throughout the world receives a lesson on the same topic. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Brett
Yes! Jesus Christ was resurrected following His crucifixion and after dwelling with His apostles and disciples, He visited the people living on the American continents. He dwelt with them for a long time, teaching them His Gospel and organizing His church as he did in the Old World. He healed the sick, ordained 12 disciples, blessed little children and called angels to minister with the people for a time. In the Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 11 contains some of the most touching, beautiful scripture in the world as it describes Jesus Christ descending from heaven to minister with the people of the Americas. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Brett
Mormons live fairly normal lifestyles. We are your friends and neighbors and we live in the same communities you do. We are here on earth to grow and learn, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun along the way. Mormons find joy in many of the same things that bring happiness to other people: family, fulfilling work, service and recreation. We also find joy in devoted scripture study and prayer. Show more Show less